By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/4/11
The local lacrosse community has bonded together to support 12-year-old Logan Schweiter, a Conestoga Youth Lacrosse (CYL) player who is fighting to recover after being rescued from flooding waters 10 days ago.
The July 25 accident in the Ithan Creek in Radnor has left Schweiter in stable condition with brain damage, the extent of which is still to be determined, according to the family.
On Wednesday, 20 players from the two-time state champion Conestoga High lacrosse team led a fundraiser at a Berwyn McDonald’s that drew numerous members of the CYL family and other supporters. Raffle tickets were sold and Conestoga players also washed cars to raise more than $4,000 for a fund created to help the family for medical expenses. The McDonald’s also is donating proceeds to the fund.
Those interested in donating to the fund should write checks to Logan Schweiter. They can be sent or brought to the Bank of America at 520 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne PA, 19087.
Brody Shea, a rising senior goalie at Conestoga, developed the idea for the fundraiser several days earlier. He is a former neighbor of the Schweiter family and used Facebook to spread the word about the event.
“Once I asked if people would volunteer for the car wash they said instantly they would come,” he said. “Twenty people is pretty good for the middle of the summer on this short notice.
“When a kid, especially a 6th-grader has this type of accident it gets to people and they really want to help. That’s why 20 kids came out. It must be tough for the family and we thought the least we could do is help them with the medical expenses and relieve some of the debt.”
Schweiter, who attends St. Katherine’s, has been playing lacrosse since first grade. He also plays football.
Schweiter was injured on the evening of July 25 when he jumped into the swollen Ithan Creek in the 200 block of Pembroke Road and got sucked into a culvert caused by excessive flowing, Radnor police said. He had jumped in with several friends in hopes of rafting down the river, but the current was too strong, police said.
CBSPhilly.com reported that Dr. Michael Beers heroically ran to the waters after hearing fire rescue personnel outside his house. Beers, a critical care doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, found Schweiter in the water and pulled him out to perform CPR.
“It sounds funny coming from a man of science of medicine, I think it was divine. There’s no other way to explain it,” Beers said to CBSPhilly.com. “I went into a neighbor’s yard, looked in the bushes, looked through, and the boy was there. Absolutely, you can’t explain that to a man of science or medicine how that happens. I went exactly to that spot.”
Schweiter was first taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital and is now at CHOP.
Donations (tax deductible, by credit card) also can be made to the NTAF Mid-Atlantic Traumatic Brain Injury Fund through the following link. http://www.ntafund.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/7703ACB4-C98D-064C-378C512E206A0BE1