Roof proof: ’22’ support for Garrett draws huge turnout

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In photo above, approximately 120 people eye photographers on Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s roof as they form No. 22 in support of Garrett Rogers. Below, participants signal “22” in a photo from the hospital roof.

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SEAFORD – Add Nanticoke Health Services, Seaford and the Western Sussex community to those on board in the #gmoneystrong campaign.

And there’s photographic proof from the roof of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

An estimated 120 people assembled late Wednesday afternoon in Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Center parking lot on the hospital campus.

They formed a huge human “22.”

Twenty-two is the travel ball jersey number worn by Garrett Rogers, a 10-year-old Millsboro boy critically injured May 14 when he was struck by a van.

Seaford resident Tracey Gray, Garrett’s aunt, was among those in the photo shoot who wore specially-made yellow shirts devoted to Garrett. She spoke with emotion about Wednesday’s gathering.

“Awesome; we’re just very thankful,” she said.

Garrett has been at A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington since the day of the accident. He was hit while retrieving baseballs along Iron Branch Road in Millsboro.

The son of Wendy Rogers and the late Kirk Rogers, Garrett faces a long recovery that has uncertainty and unknown. He had been in an induced coma for some time.

Ms. Gray and her family visited Garrett June 5.

“He was moving his fingers and all that, and we said, ‘Hey Garrett, we’re here.’ We were trying to make him laugh and he gave us a big smile,” said Ms. Gray, adding Garrett managed to half-open his eyes. “It’s a start. The doctors say baby steps.”

Nanticoke representatives presented the Gray family a donation box with monetary donations collected at the “22” photo shoot for the Rogers family.

There also was an extra-special gift for Garrett: Baltimore Orioles’ No. 10 jersey autographed by Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones.

Ms. Gray fought back tears as she spoke about the amazing support her nephew and the Rogers family have received. This tragedy, she noted, followed the unexpected death of her brother, Kirk Rogers, last November.

“Like my husband said it is very heartwarming; the community coming together …,” Ms. Gray said. “It’s all up and down the east coast and out west. The New York Yankees’ PR person called Wendy; (Yankees manager) Joe Girardi would like to talk to him when he wakes up. Garrett is going to be very amazed, how popular he is right now.”

On Facebook

Ms. Rogers started a GMoneyStrong Facebook page to allow people to follow Garrett’s journey. Visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Gmoneystrong/

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Penny Short, Nanticoke Health Services’ Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer, and Renee Morris, Executive Director at Nanticoke Health Services Foundation, present an autographed Adam Jones’ Orioles jersey and monetary donations to the Gray family for their nephew and cousin, Garrett Rogers and his family. From left, Scott Gray, Haley Gray, Penny Short, Abbey Gray, Zach Reynolds, Tracey Gray and Renee Morris. The presentations followed a gathering of some 120 people in formation of a “22” – Garrett’s travel baseball uniform number.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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