A Panther Valley man is hoping to help a childhood friend who was injured last Saturday in a football accident.
Anthony Sanders said that his friend, Rob Marrero, was a wide receiver and the all time leader in touchdown receptions, receptions and yards when he played for Panther Valley High School. Marrero suffered a paralyzing neck injury last week while playing for the semi-pro team Mountain Top Reapers. Marrero is a 2000 graduate of Panther Valley High School and still resides in Coaldale.
Sanders and Scott Reese, Marrero's high school buddy, are chairing two bake sales that will be held this Sunday, May 15, one at the Panther Valley Breaker Boys game at 1 p.m. at Ginter Field, Summit Hill, plus a second bake sale will also be held the same day, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Boyer's Market, Lansford.
"We are dedicating our home game on Sunday to him and the last four games of the season, all proceeds will be donated to his family," Reese said.
They also have plans for a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 10 at the Lansford Ambulance building and will be operating a dunking booth at the Summit Hill Stay at Home Festival on May 28 and May 29.
"Rob will never walk again," said Reese. "This severe injury has shaken our team to the core,"
Marrero had played several seasons for the Mountain Top Reapers.
"We're trying to unite all former players of the Summit Hill Tigers (the team Marrero had formerly played on) to a special dedication at the game this weekend," said Reese. "We have a number 6 painted on the sidelines with all the former Tigers jerseys laid all around in support of Marrero. "
Marrero has a wife, Carrie; a son, Tyler, 10; and a 14-month-old daughter, Gabby. He is currently hospitalized in the intensive care unit of a hospital.
Any donations of baked goods should be dropped off at either location at the start of events.
"We're going to open a bank account to accept donations for his medical care," said Sanders. "Until then checks can be made out to Marrero and dropped off at any of the either event this weekend."
For additional information, call Reese at (570) 778-7456 or Sanders at 484-629-0013.