EAGLE POINT, Ore. — Local businesses in Eagle Point are coming together to help raise money for a minor league football player recovering from a life-changing tackle.
Victor Suarez is now out of intensive care, but he is still in the hospital, and has a baby on the way.
The family not only has medical bills to pay, but in two months will be giving birth to their first child, baby Isabella. Suarez said his one hope in life right now is to be able to hold his daughter when she is born.
After being tackled during a game of club football in April, Suarez, who had never broken a bone before, broke his neck. This injury left him paralyzed from the chest down.
He’s now a quadriplegic. Although he can move his arms, he has no feelings in his fingers, but is working to learn how to use them in physical therapy.
A local hairdresser heard about the family, who had to move from Roseburg to the Rogue Valley to be closer to doctors. Knowing the financial struggles they are facing, she and other local businesses are holding a fundraiser.
“They’ve got a big long road ahead of them, and you know, I know the community can really help, and they can really reach out and every dollar counts, and I believe in what comes around goes around,” Charla Tauriainan, the owner of Charla’s Family Barbershop.
The fundraiser for the Suarez family is being held in Eagle Point Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Eagle Point Plaza near Abby’s Pizza. There will be a barbecue, raffles, bounce houses, clowns, face painting and more.