Funeral arrangements have been set for Eric Lederman, the 12-year-old Oswego boy who died last week after being hit by a baseball in Wheaton.
The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed Monday that an autopsy revealed Eric's cause of death as a cerebral hemorrhage and blunt head trauma after being struck Wednesday in the neck by a baseball during warmups for a game of the Oswego Panthers 12U Orange traveling team.
Eric was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and later taken by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He died from his injury at 8:04 p.m. Thursday.
Cindy Marsh, who has been helping lead efforts to support the Lederman family, said the outpouring from the community and beyond has been "overwhelming."
"(Eric's mom) just can't believe how this one little life has touched so many people," Marsh said. "They have been hearing from not only people all over the country, but from other parts of the world."
Marsh, who has coordinated a meal drive for the family, said the drive has been so successful that dates for meals have been extended beyond the original end date. She also encouraged continued donations to the monetary fund set up through Allied First Bank.
Send donations to Allied First Bank, 3201 Orchard Road, Oswego, IL 60543 under "Eric Lederman Memorial Fund."
Other donations, such as gift cards, can be mailed to Marsh's home care of the Lederman family at 210 Wolverine Drive, Oswego, IL 60543.
Several fundraisers are also taking place in many Oswego School District 308 schools. For instance, Old Post Elementary School and East View students are being encouraged to wear baseball hats to school Thursday in exchange for a $1 donation to the memorial fund. Staff at Thompson Junior High where Eric was a student will wear baseball shirts and jeans Thursday in exchange for $5 donations.