Phoenix Suns’ Mr. ORNG ‘needs community help

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns superfan “Mr. ORNG” is known for supporting the team and the community over the years. Now he needs our help as his father ends up in the hospital.

“Honestly, that was the hardest part, you know, just seeing him not being able to talk to us. He’s just such a role model and an inspiration, not to get a response from him, I know that he can hear us. I continue to stay positive, “said Patrick Battillo, known to Suns fans as” Mr. ORNG “.

Bob Battillo, 63, was involved in an accident on 99th and Northern avenues in Peoria. Patrick says the police told him it was caused by someone running a red light. The crash happened last Wednesday, the same day the Suns opened the season. Patrick, who is known to watch every game in orange from head to toe, instead rushed to his father’s side.

“It was a very emotional day because I went from a peak, talking about the first game of the season. It’s a feeling you can’t replace. Going from that peak to the lowest I’ve had. , get that news and be there with him, ”Battillo says.

Bob suffered a severe head trauma and remains unconscious in the intensive care unit at Banner Thunderbird. The family is already receiving a wave of supportive messages.

“My brother, William, took a bunch of these notes yesterday, wrote them down, framed them in colored paper, and hung them in my dad’s bedroom,” says Battillo.

Patrick says he admires his father – that’s why he volunteers in the community and why he knows the importance of cherishing every moment.

“Those little things that make a big difference, the circle comes full circle when you talk about what’s bigger than basketball or the Suns … the parts that matter are life and your family,” explains Battillo.

As for the apparent red light runner, police told Patrick that this person remained at the scene after the crash.

No word on whether fees were recommended.

Fundraising efforts are underway to help Bob with hospital bills and rehabilitation.

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