Erik Moskal's Recovery Fund
Erik Moskal is a 22 year old college student attending (FGCU) Florida Gulf Coast University, originally from Wayne, NJ and a Wayne Hills graduate Class of 2013. At Hills he excelled as an athlete in football as a wide receiver and defensive back on the Patriot teams that won two straight NJ State Championships. Erik also was a starting pitcher for the Hills baseball team.
As violent a sport as football can be, Erik was fortunate to escape any serious injury. He loves baseball and was happy to be playing Club Baseball at FGCU. Who would have thought that baseball would cause him his greatest challenge from injury. On May 22nd, 2017, Erik was doing what he loved, pitching for the FGCU Eagle club baseball team which reached the semifinals of the Division 2 Club Baseball World Series in Pittsburg, Kansas. Unfortunately as luck would have it, Erik was struck in the face by a line drive hit by the opposing team. He was taken to a local hospital but it was soon determined he needed to be treated at a trauma center. The nearest one was in Kansas City, 2.5 hours away. Due to bad weather a medivac helicopter was not an option, so he taken to Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City by ambulance.
Erik arrived in critical condition and was in the ICU for two days. The baseball struck him in the face around the left eye and Erik is suffering from a concussion, broken nose, damaged orbital area, fractured forehead, and muscle damage to his eye. His face is too swollen for the doctors to perform surgery so he is resting in a dark room until the swelling subsides. We are not sure what lies ahead. Fortunately there was no brain damage. Erik's family from Florida, New York/New Jersey are now with him and are staying in a hotel for an undetermined amount of time.
Now is our chance to help out Erik as he and his family go through this very difficult time. Erik's family and friends are coming together to raise funds to help cover medical and travel expenses for the Moskal Family. Erik is a caring son, brother, nephew, cousin, coach and friend. Whether you know Erik from FGCU, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, volunteering as a coach at Naples HS in Florida or from his days in the classroom or on the athletic fields at Wayne Hills HS in NJ, he always makes quite the impression.
With your support, we can help Karen & Lou focus on Erik's recovery instead of having them worry about bills. The road ahead is going to be a difficult one for the Moskal Family as Erik begins to recover from this serious and unexpected injury.
Family and friends are praying every day for Erik to pull through and make a full recovery. We urge you to join us. Any financial support will go a long way in helping the family cope through this difficult journey. No donation is too small. We are also looking to his community for support through social media. We encourage everyone to share Erik's story on Facebook, Twitter, email, and word of mouth.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
ABC 7 WZDN in Fort Myers, FL aired a story on Erik's injuries playing baseball. It aired on the news yesterday at 6:30 attached is a link. Paste it in your browser.
Thank you for your continued support for Erik. Erik continues to recover from his surgery. He is progressing slowly. He still has headaches and is very sensitive to light. His eye continues to tear and ooze. He is restricted in his head movements and must be careful. Doctors warned that any jarring motion or movement may cause a hemorrage. He is scheduled for a follow up visit on June 19th. Still taking it one day at a time...Please continue to keep Erik in your thoughts and prayers and continue to share his story.
Thank you again to everyone for your continued support and prayers for Erik. Erik has had some stitches removed from his face so let the healing process begin. He his difficulty chewing and is still in some pain but he is off the pain meds.. He continues to have problems with his eyes which are very sensitive to light...so he's wearing dark glasses. He is slowly improving each day. We are not sure yet how long it will be until his next surgery to repair his nose and sinuses .. Taking it one day at a time.....Please keep Erik and the Moskal family in your prayers and continue to share his story.