More fundraisers held for Giants fan in a coma

April 6, 2011 6:53:20 PM PDT
Bryan Stow remains in a coma and the company he works for held an impressive fundraiser Wednesday in San Jose, with more than 2,500 people showing up.

The reward for convicting the men who viciously beat him outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles is now up to $100,000. Extra security is going to be in place in San Francisco for next Monday's game between the Giants and the Dodgers.

The barbecue grills will be fired up until 8 p.m. and there is a lot of emotion at the fundraiser. Stow remains in a coma and his co-workers decided to raise some money for his mounting medical bills. The father of two was attacked on Thursday night after the Dodgers-Giants game in Los Angeles.

Stow has been a paramedic with American Medical Response since 2005 and his colleagues have rallied around Stow and his family ever since that vicious assault. The barbeque fundraiser includes a bake sale, a silent auction and all of the money raised will go toward the Stow family. AMR said the response has been incredible.

"It's gone from a small, family base, taking care of your own to everyone else out there has the same feelings and for such a tragedy to happen, a senseless tragedy to happen. The support that has been out there for him and his family and you just go 'wow,' this makes a difference and it just goes to show that a few people can make a difference for somebody," said AMR General Manager Gil Glass.

Pizza My Heart donated $20,000 after their fundraiser on Tuesday.

Looking at the lines for lunch, you would think people showed up for the food, but they did not. They came to honor the man who rides with Greg Bowers and saves lives as a paramedic.

"Just to see the support out here from everybody is just really, makes you... makes you feel good," said Bowers.

Hundreds of t-shirts and bracelets to raise money for Bryan are selling out.

"It says Bryan Stow's name on it, has his P number, paramedic number on it, and it also has the Giants colors on it which is what he is all about," said John Phelan, Stow's co-worker.

The Giants lead an all-star cast of professional sports teams who are donating items to be auctioned off online, including autographed baseballs.

"Bruce Bochy gave us one, we've got Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, Brian Wilson," said Daniel Franklin, an event volunteer.

Law enforcement agencies and other first responders were quick to show their support, but now strangers are donating in droves.

"I'm a first-time mom, so to hear that he's a dad of two kids and he's in the hospital, his family needs him," said Sherri Gierer from San Jose.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the three men who were with Stow when he was assaulted made a surprise appearance to thank the community for giving the family strength and hope.

"We love all of you guys. Bryan would be floored and so proud [by the support], he'd be walking around with his blow out haircut. Thank you all so much and Bryan would want me to say 'Go Giants!'" said Corey Maciel, Stow's friend.

Stow is indeed a true Giants fan and the team is right there with him. They will be honoring him and paying tribute to him during the home opener on Friday.

There is no set price for the barbeque, as AMR is only asking for whatever donation people are able to give.

Fundraiser information:

American Medical Response, the paramedic company Stow works for, is holding a BBQ fundraiser at its headquarters in San Jose on Wednesday. The event, scheduled to take place from noon to 8 p.m., will be held at 1670 Las Plumas Ave. in San Jose.

A website,, has been set up for people wishing to donate directly to the fund.

The Bryan Stow Fund has been established through the San Francisco Police Credit Union, specifically serving members of the EMS community.

To Donate Online: Go to to place your donation. Please indicate The Bryan Stow Fund. Account # 1377733

To Donate By Mail: Checks should be made out to "The Bryan Stow Fund"

Mail your donation to:
SF Police Credit Union
c/o San Mateo Branch
1495 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402

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