ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - There will be a triumphant return to Busch Stadium, Tuesday night, but not for a member of the Cardinals or Cubs.
It’ll be for Cardinal fan, Chris Sanna, who was shot and paralyzed walking to his car after a game last fall.
The Cardinals donated a suite to auction off to raise money for Sanna's recovery. A Warrenton businessman paid top dollar.
It's worth it: a suite for the Cubs-Cardinals at Busch and best of all, Chris Sanna, will be one of his 25 guests.
Sanna is now back on the job as a manager of a Midas Auto Repair in South County.
He told FOX 2 he had no reservations about going back to the ballpark.
“No … I’m excited,” he laughed.
He laughs a lot now.
His return to work last week and the ongoing support from friends and strangers are turning a life he says was turned upside down, right side up again. The U.S. Army veteran credits the VA staff.
“They get you going – make you go through the motions – tell you you’re not going to eat unless you get dressed,” he said, again laughing. “You know, like you’re back in the military or something.”
Kilwa jones awaits trial, accused of shooting Sanna when Sanna and his girlfriend ran for their lives during the robbery near the Old Cathedral.
Less than 7 months later, Sanna is ready for Cardinal baseball with the ideal night mapped out in his mind.
“I told my girlfriend it’d be nice if we could just .. go to the game, have a good time, go home, and relax, you know. Go to bed. It would be nice for a little bit of a healing type situation,” Sanna smiled. “You have your down days. You just try to look for things that you know make you happy, i.e. your girlfriend, your dogs, your mom, family in general, work – work that feels like family.”
He credited people who kept donating to his GoFundMe account with fueling his recovery.
The account for Chris Sanna has truly been life changing.