Friends raise money to help Colonial Heights man injured by foul ball
By BLAKE BELDEN
Mar 30, 2014, 08:58
(CONTRIBUTED PHOTO) Friends are raising money for Vinny Roddy.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS -- A Colonial Heights man who suffered a skull fracture while standing on the sidelines during a softball tournament returned home to his family on Thursday after being in the hospital for nearly two weeks, according to a close friend.
On March 15, Vinny Roddy, 25, was participating in a recreational softball tournament in Glen Allen when he was struck in the back of the head by a line drive foul ball that flew through a gap in the fence as he was walking away from the bleachers. The blow fractured his skull and he was sent to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, where he was put into an induced coma in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit in an effort to limit his brain activity, said Geordie Breidenbach, who has known Roddy for about 15 years.
"They were worried that if they tried to stimulate his brain too much that it could cause ... more issues. [I was told] he had a knot between his skull and his skin about the size of a fist," Breidenbach said.
Roddy eventually awoke from his coma, and was able to recognize familiar faces, including his mother and girlfriend, but has been forced to relearn certain tasks like walking and writing, Breidenbach said.
"Every day he's been getting progressively better and better I think, but it's still a struggle," Breidenbach said.
Now that he is back home, Breidenbach said Vinny seems to be "in good spirits" after receiving an email from him, and that as he continues through his rehabilitative process, he will be prevented from playing sports indefinitely, something Breidenbach knows Vinny will want to return to as soon as possible.
Breidenbach has had close ties to Vinny's family for a long time, he grew up with Vinny and considers Vinny's mother, Georgie, to be like a second mother to him. Because of this long-standing relationship, Breidenbach felt that organizing a fundraiser through youcaring.com to alleviate the costs of Roddy's medical expenses "was the least I could do."
Because of the injury, both Vinny and Georgie have been out of work as a result, therefore making the payment of medical bills even more burdensome, so Breidenbach asked if it would be alright if he set up a fundraiser for the family.
As of Thursday, only eight days after the fundraiser's inception, over one-third of the fundraiser's goal of $10,000 has been donated through the website. With $3,667 raised so far, the website will still accept donations for around four more months.
Breidenbach named the fundraiser 'VinnyRoddyVici' as a reference to the Latin phrase 'Veni vedi vici' which means 'I came. I saw. I conquered.'
"Vinny's always been the guy who has wanted to do everything, you know, to conquer everything," Breidenbach said.
Another fundraiser, created by friends Will and Angie Neddo through gofundme.com, has raised an additional $535 in support of Roddy's cause, as of Thursday.
"Please do what you can ... even if it is only a few dollars, it would be helpful. Please also continue to keep this family in your prayers. Thank you in advance!" reads a post by the Neddo's on the fundraiser's website.
On Friday, March 28, at Iron Bridge Field 7, a home run derby, raffle and silent auction were held to raise money for Vinny, according to a post on Facebook.