5K participants rally for paralyzed shooting victim

$400 in donations stolen from event organizer 1 day before event

Just 24 hours after their donations were stolen, hundreds of people packed Blue Bonnet Palace Sunday for the second annual Eddie Moreno 5K Run.

After the horn sounded at the start of the run, people pounded the pavement with one goal in mind: helping Eddie.

Two years ago, the Alamo Heights student was shot during a road rage incident. The bullet hit his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.

With family and friends by his side, Eddie supported the 5K participants from the very beginning of the race, just as they have done for him as he's adjusted to life after the shooting.

“There have been a lot of people behind us since day one, and we're very appreciative for those people. Eddie's injury takes a lot of money and for him to be able to continue his therapy and medical expenses, it’s really important to do these fundraisers,” said Jennifer Moreno, Eddie's Mother.

Organizers said the family spends about $2,000 a month paying for medical bills and physical therapy. The annual race raises money to cover some of the cost.

But this year, organizers have had to work even harder. On Saturday night, a thief stole nearly $400 in donations from event coordinator Cynthia Cosgrove’s car.

"We had a lot of people who donated gift cards and the Talons donated seats for their games, so we're going to raffle those off and hopefully we can make up the money that way,” said Cosgrove.

Organizers are still holding out hope that they'll recover the stolen money. As Eddie crossed the finish line, they had a message for whoever took the cash.

"Return this. This young man and his family needs the money, so this is not a joking situation. This is very, very serious,” said race director John Purnell.

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