A group of children from the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood set up a lemonade stand Wednesday afternoon in support of Chicago police officer Danny Golden, who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot while trying to put end to a fight in a bar in Beverly.
“We’re trying to raise money so he can get all the good stuff like a wheelchair,” said 11-year-old Danny Lally Healy.
“It’s very important because someone shot him and he needs money to get help,” added Adeline, 7.
Dozens of people stopped by their lemonade stand near 113e and Ridgeway. Margie O’Connell stopped by with her friend to help the family and said she was not surprised at the turnout.
“It’s exactly what I expected and more, it will continue to happen,” she said. “Everyone has Danny Golden in their hearts right now and that makes me sad.”
Investigators say the 31-year-old officer was off duty over the weekend when he was shot while trying to break up a bar fight. The bullet severed his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
Three men have been arrested and charged in the case, two of them charged with attempted murder.
“It should never have happened,” said Gena Poulos. “He had come out to support another fundraiser. I mean, what I hear is the kind of guy he was and it’s just sad.
The third-generation Chicago police officer also served in the United States military. He graduated from St. Rita High School.
The school sent a special social media message to Golden from none other than Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
“What’s up Danny, so sorry to hear what you’re going through and just know we’re thinking of you,” Brady said in a video message. “I appreciate all of your hard work and commitment to service and I know you will pull through. It will make you stronger and we are all pulling for you. Take care of yourself.”
Support for Golden and his family is growing second by second. A GoFundMe page raised nearly $1 million in one day. For the kids and their parents in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood, they told NBC 5 they just wanted to do their part to show they care.
“There’s no price you can put on such a horrible event, you know,” Tim Evans said. “But anything we can do to help ease that burden a bit, we’re going to do it and try to help Dan.”
NBC 5 has learned that the owner of Letz Box Chicago is matching the money raised at the lemonade stand. The kids had a goal of raising at least $5,000, but they ended up raising almost $13,000.