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The Community Rallies for Ryan

Feb 07, 2018 12:36PM

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 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.