A teacher at Francis Bradley Middle School in Huntersville was hospitalized in critical condition after a motorcycle wreck in Montana last weekend.
Eighth grade science teacher Brendan George was fulfilling a lifelong dream to drive his motorcycle across the country when he suffered numerous fractures in the wreck and possibly traumatic brain injury, his family and friends said on a GoFundMe online page. The page was established to help offset medical, legal and other expenses his family may incur in caring for George.
By Tuesday afternoon, the site had raised $8,901 from 136 donors.
George was in a coma and being supported by a breathing tube at Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colo., the school’s principal, Steve Esposito, said in a letter posted on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website.
Esposito said George has moved his toes and begun to breathe on his own for a short amount of time.
George’s sister Maura said on the GoFundMe site Monday night that her brother “was able to open one eye a little for a short while” that day. “Occasionally, he responded to some requests to move,” she said. “This is a first step on a very long journey. Please continue to pray and pray.”
Details of the wreck were unavailable Tuesday, but George’s sister Lauren said on the GoFundMe site that the family thanks God he was wearing a helmet at the time.
“Feel free to pray, send intentions, or even good vibes,” his sister Barbara added on the site. “He is such a zany, fun-loving, quirky, big-hearted guy. He loves nature, being with family and friends, and general shenanigans. As such, teaching middle school science is a great fit for him.”
The family said it has been overwhelmed “by the goodness and outpouring of support from his extended family, friends and the communities he calls home.”
Said sister Lauren: “So many people have told us they are rooting for him, and we are blown away by how supportive you all are.”
Updates on George’s condition are being posted at http://brendanscare.blogspot.com/.
Money also is being raised through the sale of $15 “Brendan Strong” T-shirts. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.