In the hours after 17-year-old
Borowy, whose shooting prompted a broad review of safety procedures in
On Tuesday, Borowy, a special education student who has Down syndrome, was back in the cafeteria with his parents; his sister, Sara, 15; and dozens of other students and community members — this time for a blood drive in his honor.
Borowy's parents, Milton and Rosemary, said the event, sponsored by the school, the
"It would be a horrible thing if people needed [blood] and couldn't get it," Rosemary Borowy said as her son stood by her side in a Baltimore Blast jersey. "I know how stressful it was for me when he needed it, even though it was on the way."
The past few months have been tough for the family, but it's good to have Daniel out of the woods and doing well, Milton Borowy said.
"To know the scope of the wound and everything else, everything he has done is nothing less than amazing," he said.
Daniel returned to classes last Wednesday, and is participating in a school-sponsored work program at a nearby dollar store, which he loves, his mother said.
"I'm thrilled that he has been able to return to school. He's really missed it, and it's important for him to get back to his normal life," she said.
Said Milton Borowy: "He was tickled to see his friends."
Daniel's recovery has also meant a lot to others at the school.
"I think him recovering well definitely helped a lot," said Wendy Windsor, whose daughter Hayley, a 14-year-old freshman, was in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting. "This has been a big part of our life, so we just wanted to support this."
Students old enough to give — more than 50 signed up — said they were inspired to do so after hearing Daniel had needed blood during his treatment.
"It just seemed so real when they were talking about someone who actually went to our school needing it," said Todd Brendel, a 17-year-old senior. "It made me want to do it."
Steven Mavica, a Red Cross spokesman, said
Daniel, asked what he thought of the event, grinned and gave a thumbs-up.