Ryan Joseph, a sophomore at College Park High School,
suffered a spinal cord injury during a wrestling match on January 10, leaving
him paralyzed from the neck down.
Below is a statement from the Joseph Family:
Ryan is strong and hopeful. He is making progress every day. Our
care team at John Muir Medical Center has been kind and professional and an
integral part of his healing. Currently, Ryan has good movement in his
shoulders, his right arm has partial movement, and his left arm is starting to
move. He has feeling in some of his torso and recently regained some feeling in
both feet. His diaphragm is getting stronger and, hopefully, soon he will be
able to breathe on his own, without a ventilator. The healing process is long
and it may take one to two years to fully establish Ryan's capabilities.
The Joseph Family
would like to thank the College Park family and the greater community for their
overwhelming love, kindness and generosity. It has been a source of strength for
us all. We have not slept a lot in the
last few weeks and our tireless support team hasn’t slept much either! We will
never know how much time, effort and organization have gone into all of the
meals, fundraisers and activities that have been taking place on our
behalf. We can never thank you enough
for how much you are helping Ryan.
Our family is looking
forward to the next stage of recovery at Craig Hospital in Denver. It is an
intensive rehab program where Ryan will refine the mobility that he has and
hopefully discover more as he works hard in therapy. It is a family-oriented
program and we will all be there to work alongside Ryan.”
Ryan would like
everyone to know how much their love and support means to him. “On my worst
days, I think of all of you and I know I will be alright.”
Wrestling teams and schools across the state have stepped
up to support Ryan. Healdsburg High and Windsor High collected donations in lieu of wrestling
admission fees, and schools as far away as Michigan and Illinois have done the
same. Maria Carrillo High School, one of the schools the College Park community donated
supplies to after the recent fires, sent donations for Ryan. Pleasant Hill Elementary
and Pleasant Hill Middle school, which Ryan attended, dressed out
in purple and sold wristbands.
To help the Josephs with their upcoming medical expenses,
new transportation, and the necessary home remodel to accommodate Ryan, please
consider donating in the following ways:
- A Ride For Ryan Pasta Feed fundraiser was held on Feb. 5, at College
Park High School. Tickets were $15. You can make
donations on the school website at http://bit.do/rideforryan to help pay for a new vehicle.
- The family requests any cards and donations to
be mailed to the Joseph Family c/o Mike Halket, PO Box 2122 Dublin, CA 94568.