Family and friends look at pictures, of a rugged and talented super welterweight prospect on the cusp of making the leap to contender and their minds drift, to less complicated and more hopeful times.
It can brighten their mood but it can make it hard to reconcile the circumstance that rugged specimen is in now.
Today, Prichard Colon is comatose, still, after suffering traumatic brain injury in an Oct 17, 2015 fight against Terrel Williams in Fairfax, Virginia.
Hope remains, of course, in the minds of the Colons, who pray that the 33 year old man will defy conventional medical wisdom and open his eyes and mouth and speak.
The toll is, it goes without saying, considerable.
The family, they keep their chins up.
Their pride and faith is considerable. They have been nourished with the support of people touched by the tragedy. But care costs, and so the story must continue to be told, to remind people that Prichard Colon, 15-1, still fights.
And bills pile up.
Good persons have been helping, but every bit is helpful.
On Sunday, September 11th, a benefit is being held in Altamonte Springs, Florida. It runs 12 to 6 pm, and hair cuts will be offered to raise funds to support the Prichard Colon cause. The parking lot will be closed down for music, food and mingling.
The location: San Sabastian Square – Capellas Beauty Salon
801 West State Rd, 436 Altamonte Springs, Florida.
His homie Miguel Cruz, also a fighter, is fashioning the event. “There will be haircuts for men and women. Half the proceeds will go to Prichard Colon. And there will be music, food trucks, and USANA healthcare products for sale. Also, a donation basket probably, as all the funds will go to help pay Prichard's sky-high medical bills and help his family recover. His mother lost her business and has been out of work for 10 months, and his father lost his house, so everything we raise is just going to be to help them!”
I like the haircut angle. Is Cruz a barber on the side?
“No, I'm not. That one wasn't really my idea. But I have a lot of friends that are going to help me out by being there cutting and styling. Me and Prichard grew up together, I met him at my first amatuer fight when I was 13. He was definitely my homie!”