As most of us know, life is a very fragile thing.
Jeremy Hodge, a former Bridgeport High All-State baseball player, was injured on July 1 in a swimming accident. It left him paralyzed from the waist down. On Sunday, Jeremy's friends and family stepped up to the plate in a big way.
"It's probably every parents worst nightmare to get a call in the middle of the night, but we got a call at about ten to two in the morning that Jeremy had dove into a pool and he was hurt," Jeremy Hodge's mother Marta Hodge said. "They had called the paramedics."
It's tough for any parent to go through what Marta Hodge had to deal with during the early morning hours on July 1. On Sunday, the Hodge family, along with the city of Bridgeport, took one step further towards that long road to recovery. Several former and current Bridgeport baseball players organized a charity game to raise money for Jeremy and his battle back to normalcy.
"Everybody knows Jeremy," former Bridgeport and current West Virginia University Pitcher Harrison Musgrave said. "He's a great kid. What happened to him is really unfortunate so we all wanted to do something that could help him out, even if it's just a little bit. This was a fun way to do it to where everybody could be a part of it and who doesn't like to play a little baseball every once in a while? So it was a good idea."
"The support has just been tremendous," Marta Hodge said. "He knows it and I think if it were somebody else he'd be right out here with the rest of the guys doing the same thing."
Unfortunately Jeremy was unable to attend on Sunday due to his strict therapy schedule at Health South in Morgantown. His mother Marta said doctors have informed her that he has a chance of recovering from his injuries down the road. For now, Jeremy is embracing the sudden changes in life, with his family and friends on his side.
"One of the first things he said to me is, 'Mom, your life changes in 30 seconds and I have a while new outlook on life. You just never know.'"
Bridgeport MVB American Legion Coach Jason Nicholson said the game raised about $3200 for a HALO (Help Against Life's Obstacles) account to help with the costs of Jeremy Hodge's recovery.