My heart is breaking this morning but I'm not alone. All over the Chattanooga baseball community and all over the Soddy Daisy area, folks are grieving for 14-year-old Bryson Scott, who passed away last night. Bryson died after suffering traumatic head injuries on Saturday when his ATV crashed into a telephone pole. I've said many times that it is not natural for parents to bury their children but that is what is facing Bryson's mom and dad today.
I never met Bryson, nor did I ever see him play baseball, but a lot of people I know say he was an excellent player and an up and coming athlete at Soddy Daisy.
He had played baseball since he was three years old and he had a knack for coming through when his team needed him. All that seems so much less important now. A fine young man with a great future is gone from us much too soon. Now, his family, teammates and friends are faced with dealing with this tragic loss and moving forward
Already there are benefit softball and baseball tournaments popping up to assist Bryson's family with expenses. That's what we do. We rally around our friends who are hurting and help them deal with the pain and suffering that goes with losing a young loved one. We are there for them when they need us by their side and we leave them alone when they need time to themselves .We pray for them to find the comfort and healing that they so desperately need in this extremely difficult time. We also want to say something to help them but we rarely ever know exactly what to say.
Unless you have lost a child, you have no way of knowing what extreme pain and sorrow a family is going through. I have no idea because I have never lost a child or a grandchild, but I know that right now life is unbearable.
I encourage everyone who knew Bryson or his family to help them in any way you can. I also encourage those in the Chattanooga baseball community to rally together and join forces to help in the healing process. No idea that anyone can come up with is a bad one.
As for me, I will pray for Bryson Scott's family, teammates and friends. I will also be willing to do anything I can to help in any way. Again, that's what we do.
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