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Pine Island VFW Post 4353 holds fund-raiser for Breese family of Cape Coral

November 9, 2014
By ED FRANKS ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Pine Island VFW Post 4353 held a fund-raiser for the Eddie Breese family Monday evening, Oct. 27. Breese was severely injured when he fell through a skylight on a construction site Sept. 11, 2014.

The VFW raised $1,268 for the family and gave a $25 gift certificate from Winn-Dixie.

"Eddie is a former Marine," VFW Commander Keith Keefer said. "Breese is a Fort Myers High School graduate who served in the Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992. When I heard about how badly he was injured, I thought we could do something to help this family out. With the help of the Eagle we had a pretty good turnout."

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From left, Keygan, Eddie and Melissa Breese

On Sept. 11, Eddie went to work as a roofer and doesn't remember anything afterwards. He fell 25 feet through the open skylight, tore open his arm in the fall and struck the concrete. Breese fractured his back, broke several ribs and suffered severe head trauma.

Breese was taken to Lee Memorial Health System and then transferred to the VA Clinic in Cape Coral. When the Emergency Room doctor examined Breese, he immediately called an ambulance and transferred him to Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

"He had lots of therapy," Melissa said. "Speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy - but head trauma is the worst. He has extreme vertigo that makes him dizzy all of the time and Eddie has trouble remembering from one minute to the next.

"There are so many good hearted people that have come to help us," Melissa said. "There are so many military organizations and the VFW today that have stepped forward to help us. It's strange really, Eddie was always the one to help others. Whenever he found out someone was in need, especially if they needed a roof, Eddie would repair it for them for free.

"We have basically lost everything and Eddie will never work again," Melissa said. "But I am so thankful that I still have my husband and our son, Keygan, still has his daddy. We will get through this and I know we'll be okay as long as we have a roof over our head."



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