LAKELAND, FL -- On the face of it, Edward and Ann Marie Weise appear like any other couple enjoying an early spring day .
But since their son Eddie was injured by a grenade that exploded in his hand, they have been far from normal. They haven't seen the sun much.
They have been in Eddie's hospital room as he faces a long road of recovery.
"He knows that is why we took off today," Edward said.
All of the people gathered at the End Zone Sports Restaurant to help the young boy anyway they could.
"He is going to be very happy," Weise replied, "Very happy."
Happy hasn't been part of the family's repertoire lately. They weren't sure if Eddie would even make it.
"He is blessed," his father said, "People love him. The community came together."
The grenade that injured his son had been left in a plant holder.
Last July 4th, the elder Eddie admits he filled it with powder from a firecracker, tried to light with a wick, when it didn't work he tossed away, he thought for good.
But his son Eddie found it, and it exploded in his hand when he held a lighter to it.
Those who attended today's fundraiser don't know the Weise's, but are helping to pay for Eddie's medical bills.
Eddie's face was shattered, but doctors say the surgery to repair his eyes, nose and jaw went well. He now has just a small scar, but there is much more ahead.
Eddie's parents have said they know they could face charges for leaving a grenade in the home, although they thought it was a dud.
In a photo provided by the family, you can see Eddie waiving with his good hand. The other one is in a small pouch in his stomach.
In the unique experiment, doctors are working to save his left thumb, pinky and ring finger.
They hope they created an environment within Eddie's body to prevent infection. The Weise's say from doctor's to strangers so many are pulling for their son.
"What do you say to somebody besides thank you?" Weise said.
The boy's parents say they are grateful that law enforcement has been sensitive with their timing.
Both the Polk County Sheriff's Office and DCF are investigating.
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