FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- A man is receiving extensive support from the car and motorcycle enthusiast community after being severely injured in a crash on Wednesday.
Michael Broderick is still in the hospital, and a few friends organized a car meet Friday evening to get the word out about upcoming fundraisers.
His sister Kristin Anstett said Broderick is doing better.
“He is stable, doctors are focusing on keeping him comfortable and letting him rest so he can heal,” Anstett said.
She said he was wearing protective gear on Wednesday.
“I’m very grateful for him wearing his helmet, and his jacket and gloves because I think the helmet saved his life,” Anstett said.
Fundraisers are already in place for his expenses.
Around 5 p.m. Friday a GoFundMe for him had over $5,000 in donations.
All of it in less than 24 hours.
Broderick’s friend Casandra Stoneburner said situations like this impact people in the car and motorcycle community.
“I think they take it to heart when something like this happens, so when the community comes together like this it’s wonderful,” she said.
She said the fundraiser reached the $1,500 goal quickly.
“[In the] first hour we got over what we put on there,” Stoneburner said. “That was amazing.”
Anstett said her phone and social media have been blowing up with people reaching out to her.
“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for everybody that’s reached out,” she said.
Friends are selling decals with #BroderickStrong on them.
They’ll also host a car meet on June 12 and the details on all of this can be found on their Facebook group.