Ray's Medical & Rehabilitation Fund

$41,170 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 388 people in 8 months
Our dear friend, brother, son, UCLA Bruin and one of Oakland's Finest, Ray Young, III, nearly died earlier this week.  While playing basketball with friends, his heart suddenly stopped.  Out of nowhere, Ray fell to the floor and laid there motionless--no heartbeat, no breathing, completely nonresponsive.  A couple of the players and gym staff (including two UCLA alumni) administered CPR shortly after he collapsed.  Several minutes later, the medics arrived and were able to revive him.  He was rushed to the emergency room and deemed to be in critical condition.

Just a couple days ago, he awoke from a near two-day coma.  He is expected to recover, but things were definitely touch-and-go for a while.  His family and close friends have remained by his side.  Nothing short of a miracle has kept Ray with us.  We've been informed by his doctors that survival isn't the outcome 95% of the time.  

We are all incredibly grateful that Ray made it through, but now he's going to need help with recovery and rehabilitation.  Fortunately, Ray does have basical medical insurance, but it doesn't cover certain critical things like physical and neuro rehabilitation therapy.  Also, Ray won't be able to work for months, but bills are still due!

If we all chip in to help cover Ray's expenses and make up for lost wages while he's out of work, he won't be strapped with a ton of debt when he builds up the strength to walk out of the hospital (which isn't going to happen for several days).  

Every dollar of the funds raised will be used to cover his rehabilitation and therapy expenses, any further medical treatment not covered by his insurance, and to pay for bills and other necessities.  

Whether Ray is your friend, family, or former teammate, player, or student, now is the time to step up and help a man that we all know and love.  

We'll keep you posted on his recovery efforts.  

Much love,

Valerie and the Lewis family

Valerie is Ray's domestic partner and will be managing the funds on Ray's behalf. 

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Hi everyone! Ray’s surgery went well last week. If his heart happens to stop again, the defibrillator implanted in his chest will shock his heart into beating again. We are certainly grateful for modern technology!

A couple of days after surgery, Ray was released from the hospital and has mostly been at home resting. Although he won’t be able to play basketball for a couple of months, he of course couldn’t wait to return to the gym where I was told he was terrible at running the clock and keeping score :-)

We wanted to send one last update and say one final THANK YOU for all of the love and support that you have sent Ray’s way! It didn’t take long for the first bill from the hospital to arrive, but your generosity has made it easier to brace the journey ahead. We will be closing this campaign at the end of the week, but encourage you to continue to keep Ray in your prayer’s through rehab, therapy, and recovery. Thank you!

Valerie and the Lewis Family
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Hi, everyone--we are SO very grateful for the outpouring of support. It means a lot to me, Ray, and his family. Ray is incredibly encouraged by the support you’re showing. Please keep sharing this campaign and encouraging people you know to donate--share the link through text, email, social media, everything! Every dollar counts.

Ray is doing really well. He’s begun some physical therapy, is back on his vegan diet, and everyone is trying to force him to take it easy--if you know Ray, you know exactly what I mean :) We’re still at the hospital and expect to be here through the week. Today is a big day. Ray is having surgery to implant a defibrillator on his heart. We expect that procedure to go well, but please do send your prayers Ray’s way.
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