MIAMI – The "Marlins Man" donated thousands of dollars Wednesday to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was struck by a car last month on the Dolphin Expressway.
According to his family, Carlos Rosario, 37, has a long way to go, but he is recovering and getting better every day.
Laurence Leavy, better known as "Marlins Man," got the chance to meet Rosario and his family.
He told Local 10 News that when they met, he told the trooper three things.
"I told him, first, I know what he's thinking. I went through it," Leavy said. "Second, that there's hope for the future. Ok? Third, I said I checked his Gofundme page. I saw that he was $12,000 short, so I will donate today $12,000 to the Gofundme page to meet their goal of $75,000."
The trooper's family is grateful for Leavy's generosity.
"Just knowing the support that we have coming to him, it just, it's making him stronger every day, and he's working really hard to get on his feet, although it's going to take a long time. It's a long process," Rosario's wife, Ana, said.
Leavy promised Rosario that he would take his entire family to a Marlins game once the trooper is feeling up to it. He said he would even fly in their family members who live out of state.
Leavy said he is also going to ask the Marlins to allow Rosario to throw out the first pitch.