Louisiana Hall of Fame soccer coach Garry Ortner is in Baton Rouge General Hospital's burn unit after sustaining burns on 60 percent of his body.
Coach Ortner has led Jesuit teams to hundreds of victories and finished his career in 2003 after winning his third state championship with a 3-0 win over my Brother Martin squad in 2002.
My philosophy is that we never compete against each other but with each other to bring everyone to their very best. Regardless of where you went to school, one of our own who pushed us to be our best is now in need of our help. Coach Ortner needs our prayers and blood right now. He has already undergone one surgery and will most likely need many more.
Keep up to date with us at sportsNOLA.com and Monday Night Futbol on WGSO 990am where we will keep everyone up to speed. Here is how you can help right now:
On Sunday, July 8 there will be the first blood drive. It is at the Mandeville Soccer Club office from 11am to 5pm. The MSC office is located at 790 Florida St., Suite 2A in Mandeville on the way to Pelican Park. If you go to Pelican Park, you will pass it up. Other blood donation sites will not get Coach the blood he needs. Baton Rouge General will send it''s blood mobile to Mandeville and other sites which will collect the blood. You must bring a valid photo ID.
On Monday, July 9th we will pray a Rosary for Coach Ortner on Monday Night Futbol. Broadcast time is set for 7pm and we will be providing details about Coach Ortner during the show. You can call in at 504-556-9696 and can listen live via WGSO 990am, WGSO.com, sportsNOLA.com, or soccerinnovationsofamerica.com. If you can't catch the show live, you can listen to the podcast at http://www.soccerinnovationsofamerica.com/ and still pray along with us. If you can't catch the show live, you can listen to the podcast here and still pray along with us.
To get the very latest information, sign up at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/garryortner/guestbook. There you can also offer your support to the entire family.
Keep monitoring sportsNOLA, Monday Night Futbol and Caring Bridge for more blood drives. Encourage your clubs to participate.
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