ALAMO HEIGHTS - After a life-altering tragedy, companies from across the community are stepping in to help the family of a paralyzed athlete. Eddie Moreno is out of ICU and now in rehab, after a still-unsolved shooting left him unable to move from the neck down.
News 4 WOAI has been bringing you updates about Moreno's progress since the March shooting and offers to help have been pouring in.
The family home needs tens of thousands of dollars worth of renovations to make the home wheelchair-accessible. It also needs to be re-wired to support his ventilator. Eddie also needs new equipment to make it possible for him to live at home.
This weekend, volunteers met at his house for the first strategy session on how to proceed with their own "extreme makeover." Companies are donating equipment, materials and manpower to help Eddie.
"This is something we don't want them to worry about. We want them to worry about other things. As far as equipment goes, we'll take care of everything they need," John Duncan Jr. said. His company, Cost Plus Medical Supply, is donating a hospital bed, a lift and some bathroom items so he can get into the restroom easily.
It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to get the project done without help from volunteers. Stella Moreno, Eddie's aunt, says he's in good spirits even though he had to miss graduation. She says they still need lots of materials and manpower and they'd like to get the project going this month.
Donations can be made to the Eddie Moreno, Jr. Fund at any Broadway Bank. If you'd like to help, check out the Eddie Moreno Facebook page, or click here