Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Support for a Christian Brothers Academy baseball coach who was shot in the eye while his North Salina Street liquor store was being robbed continues to grow in the world of pro-wrestling.
Less than a week after he was shot in the eye
, Tom Dotterer’s story reached people across the United States when it arrived on the radar of celebrated pro wrestler CM Punk this past week.
On Thursday night, he was able to talk to Punk on the phone. Punk became aware of Dotterer’s story after a noticed a Tweet from NewsChannel 9 reporter James Gaddis. Dotterer told NewsChannel 9 that what really ruined his week
was the WWE title match, in which The Rock defeated Punk.
"That's the worst thing that happened to me all week, the Rock beat Punk, did you know that?” Dotterer said.
The wrestler was moved by Dotterer’s story and reached out. On the radio on Thursday, Punk gave Dotterer words of encouragement.
Punk told Dotterer that talking to him was “the best in the world” during a conversation on a radio show.
Punk, amazed by Dotterer’s outlook on life, said:
"Every day above ground is a good day. He looks at this horrible thing that happened to him as a new opportunity, which, I can wrap my head around that, but I think there's a lot of people that can't, cause it's easy to feel sorry for yourself."
Punk said he will make sure Dotterer gets the best seats in the house when the WWE arrives in Syracuse in March.
The independent wrestling company 2CW
also offered front row tickets to Dotterer for its upcoming show in Oswego.
And now, people in the Pastimes Athletic Club are looking to help out the long-time member and prominent coach.
A Syracuse men’s club is looking to help a long-time fixture on the city’s North Side.
Pastimes is putting together a fundraiser for its member Thomas Dotterer for next month.
"He has the ability to help people, like the thousands of ball players he's helped. He has that ability to help people get their feet on the ground and be stable. And he has a tremendous ability to provide people with hope,” said John Falge.
But it’s Dotterer that could use a little help now, even if he thinks he doesn’t deserve it.
"He'll be taken aback by it because he doesn't. He looks at himself as just a regular old guy, just going about his business,” said Falge.
The money raised won't only help with medical bills, organizers hope it can be used for additional security like cameras or a security system, along with making the store more visually friendly when Tom is here.
The fundraiser will be held Sunday, March 3, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pastimes.
For more information, visit Pastimes website