Numerous community fundraisers planned for young man struck by vehicle

Published 10:09 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Recent Riverside Academy graduate Nick Rose sustained serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle Thursday night on a senior trip to Panama City Beach.

Nick Rose

Rose was rushed to a Florida hospital with a brain hemorrhage, skull fracture and collapsed lung. Over the weekend, he had part of his skull surgically removed to relieve swelling.

A CT scan showed Rose sustained brain damage from the trauma, according to a medical update from his mother, Tammy, though the extent of injury is unknown. As of Tuesday morning, doctors were beginning to wean Rose out of sedation while monitoring blood levels.

Rose’s family asks for prayers, and St. John the Baptist Parish community members are organizing opportunities to support Rose’s long road to recovery.

The Blood Center is hosting a replacement blood drive for Rose from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the LaPlace Winn-Dixie.

In lieu of complimentary T-shirts, The Blood Center is donating $10 per donation to Rose’s family for his medical treatment.

Acadiana Cinemas in LaPlace, Rose’s workplace, is planning a blood drive at a later date. For more information, call 985-359-3543.

“Stand Strong for Nick” $10 shrimp fettuccine dinner plates are being sold at The Cajun Grill & Catering, located at 135 Belle Terre Blvd. in LaPlace. Dinners will be available for pick-up at 5 p.m. Thursday. For questions or donations, text 504-628-7182.

“Strong for Nick” unisex T-shirts are being sold for $21.99 at the following link:

Sizes range from XS to 3XL.

The public is welcomed to donate to Rose’s family online at