Robert Paylor's Healing/Rehab Fund

$834,001 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 5,260 people in 19 months


During the Collegiate National Championship Rugby Match on May 6 , Robert suffered a sports injury that has left him paralyzed below the chest.  He had surgery that evening for his best chance of regaining movement of his arms and hands.  Robert is a strong young man with incredible faith, a wonderful family and friends to help him recover.  

According to the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation, the average expense for the first year with high tetraplegia can be about 1 million dollars and with low tetraplegia, about $769,000.  This was stated in 2016, and we know how much medical expenses went up last year.

So many of you have reached out asking how you can help this wonderful young man, outside of your prayers.

Robert's road ahead is long, and very expensive.  Supporting Robert with whatever you can give and help relieve the financial burden would be greatly appreciated.   With financial assistance, Robert and his family can focus on his rehab and getting healthy and strong.

If you have any questions on making a donation, please don't hesitate to contact the email on the right.

Thank you very much!
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"Last night Robert was recognized at California Memorial Stadium in front of a packed house for a chance to not only wave to the crowd in appreciation for all the support he’s received, but also to use a walker to take steps from the field to the side line. This was made possible from unconditional love and support from Cal Varsity Rugby. Coach Clark and Coach Billups have never let go of Robert and we are eternally grateful. In fact, Coach Billups continues to work with Robert regularly and as you can see in the video always has his back.

A special thanks to Coach Wilcox and the Athletic Department for helping make this moment happen and all the fans that stood to acknowledge Robert’s determination to walk on campus again.

Last but never least to all the people that have, and continue to be, part of Robert’s campaign and healing. You’re support and words have made an impact that continue to help him soar!" - Jeff and Debbie Paylor
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A few glimpses from an incredible night at Cal last night as Robert was welcomed back! Stay tuned for an update from the Paylor's.
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"Feeling grateful today as I witnessed Robert reaching his goal of standing from his wheelchair. This is an important step in his recovery in so many ways. The first video is practicing from a mat at the level of his chair, then his wheelchair. He inspires me every day, never complain - always be grateful - and work hard to do better." - Debbie Paylor
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On the anniversary of Robert's injury, and one year since this page was created, I couldn't help but reflect on the past year and how truly amazing it has been to watch Robert's will, grit and determination as he makes gains everyday to walk again. In addition, it has been a real miracle watching so many people far and wide, friends, family, rugby community and strangers help out Robert. As he inspires us, the warmth, love and support he has received from you, inspires him.

While Robert's journey the past year seems long, his journey is just beginning. Home from Craig Hospital after almost a year, he's currently on a religious pilgrimage in Lourdes, France and soon to be returning to Cal Berkeley and attending the Haas School of Business in the fall. All of this and the bright future ahead could not have happened without all of you and your support, which enabled him to get the best care possible and have the necessary support needed to be where he is today.

In a time when we are inundated with hatred, violence and social media that is harmful, you have shown that human kindness, helping out strangers, doing the right thing, still exists. Your support, love and prayers has helped Robert out so much and has given him an opportunity for a wonderful life ahead. Thank you so much and please continue to support and pray for Robert!

-Jennifer Douglas
Mass at the Rosary Basilica
Knights invite Robert to french dinner
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Danielle Custer
19 months ago

Hi Robert and Paylor family. My name is Danielle Custer from Cincinnati, Ohio and my little brother is a 19 year old D1 college basketball player who was in an accident and was paralyzed from the neck down last month. This devastating news changed our families life and we are just beginning our journey. One thing besides our faith that we turned to was information about a stem cell study that has had great results run by one of the best spinal surgeons in the world. There is no guarantee but we are hoping this might help him get more movement in his upper body and could be something to look into for Robert. The thousands of people who have been supporting Ryan through this tragedy keeps reminding us that he is a 19 year old tough athlete which will be helpful for recovery. I can see that as well for Robert! If you would like to reach out about information for next steps, we definitely have become experts in information this past month and wouldn't have gotten anywhere without help from other people in our situation. Ryan is currently at Rush University in chicago but will be moved shortly to begin rehab at RIC in Chicago. RIC, Shepard in Atlanta, and Craig in Denver are the top three spinal rehab facilities in the country that would be helpful to look into. If you want to read more about Ryan's recovery and ideas for Robert's recovery, he has a Facebook page called Ryan Custer's Recovery Care Page. You can contact us through there if you would like. We will keep your family in our prayers!

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Bernadette Finnegan-Mauro
19 months ago

My name is Bernadette Mauro and I am the Director of Information and Resource Services for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center. I am reaching out to help Robert and his family navigate his new injury. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) offers a wide range of information and resources specific to individuals with paralysis including those available specifically in the state of California and resources for the newly injured. It would be greatly appreciated if you would forward my contact information to the Paylor family for the Reeve Foundation. The PRC can tailor specific information based on Robert’s injury and needs. We are prepared to send a comprehensive package to the Paylor family. My contact information, along with the Foundation’s telephone number, can be found at the bottom of this letter. Please be assured that there is no charge for our services. If you would share my contact information with Robert's family I would appreciate it. I have also sent an email through the site that includes my personal phone number. I am on ET Best, Bernadette Mauro Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center www.paralysis.org 1-00-539-7309

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Nick Zagyi
19 months ago

hey Robert I don't know if you remember me but I used to play baseball with you in little league, and you where the best pitcher in the whole league haha. I remember how everyone looked up to you and you motivated the team, I guarantee that's the same way playing rugby too. my family and I wish you the deepest prayers and a speedy recovery. -nick and the zagyis

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Sam Cusano
19 months ago

It's an honor to call myself your teammate Rob. You are the man, love you brotha.

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Mick Malaney
19 months ago

Robert, A quick update: By now you’re aware Jesuit High School and community gathered at “Paylor” Chapel. (Apparently FOX News reported “Paylor Chapel?”) Father Sulwasky rolled with it. The chapel was standing room only. Your former classmates ’15 attended as well as underclassmen e.g. football, rugby, etc. The choir sounded great. Father Sulwasky’s homily was poignant: “Life doesn’t end, it changes.” Big change, no doubt, but you are strong of mind, body and spirit. Afterwards Father ‘S’ commanded the rugby team to clean house in their championship run for you: like those Marauder maniacs need further motivation? (Go, Big Red!) Hey, you got a million people pulling for you. Rehab: You got this. Love to you and the family. See you soon. Malaneys

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Heidi Joline Hess
19 months ago

My son plays rugby for Baltimore Chesapeake and had a significant injury three years ago. Nothing like what you are going through but I just want you to know you are loved and supported even by total strangers. Rugby is family, near and far. You have your family and your mates behind you all the way. Stay strong. I'll be praying for your full recovery!!

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Jim Dickson
19 months ago

Look at all the friends you have! Wow! I was shot in the head in Vietnam and played my first rugby game eleven years later. It was great! Played for fourteen years. I recovered so can you.

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Don Brophy
19 months ago

Hi, Robert. My name is Don Brophy and my heart breaks every time I think of you and your injury. It smiles when I think or your tenacity, inner strength, and faith. Our grandson is your teammate. He is Anthony Salaber and I think it possible he could have been you in this tragic accident. I asked my Rotary Club (Auburn, CA) to donate to your fund and they announced today that they approved the request for $1,000. My wife and I are on our way to the bank to add to that amount. We feel for your parents, family, and friends as well. We will "be by your side" all the way. We send our love and hopes for your future.

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Kathy Lewis Bixby
19 months ago

Robert, you are in my thoughts and prayers constantly throughout the day. Your spirit, faith and perseverance show the kind of man you are. Chase has always said you are the best of the best! Check out the story of bull rider Bonner Bolton, he was given a 1% chance to walk again after a head injury and he is now dancing! (On Dancing with the Stars) Not sure about your dance moves, but, I know you will be walking tall soon! We love you!!!! Keep your faith and keep smiling that amazing smile!

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Patrick Hesse
19 months ago

Rob brother you are an amazing man and teammate, and it is an honor to call you my friend. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me over the past year from opening up your couch to me during camp to just putting a smile on my face. YEE YEE brother. Love you Rob

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Jennifer Berg-Rasmussen
19 months ago

Hey Robert it's Mrs. Rasmussen from Jesuit. We are sending so much love and prayers your way. Many people here let alone outside of Jesuit are rallying for you. Keep your spirits up and know that you are a fighter. Lots of love to you.

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Janice Czeropski Gaedtke
19 months ago

Hey Robert...Mrs. MacDowell here. I can finally tell you that you (and your brother) were some of my favorite students at SJNDS (I couldn't tell you when you went there...no favorites allowed, hehe) God has a plan for you, even if we're wondering why this? Keep your faith and courage alive and keep up the fight! I am praying for you and your family every single day. Sending you hugs and prayers for continued strength and healing.

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Lisa Orr
19 months ago
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Hi Robert and family, my mother was paralyzed from cycling and went through Project Walk. It has made a huge difference for many people with spinal cord injuries. We stand beside you in prayer! My son is a rugby player (just had surgery from it) and love how big and amazing the rugby family is. Many hugs for you all!!!

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Virginia Thompson
18 months ago
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Dearest Jennifer, Thank you so much for sending all of us these videos of Robert's progress. You really have been a wonderful support for him and his family. I thank God there are people in this world who care as you , Robert's family and this support group do. Robert's determination is so evident in these videos. He will make it with God's help and all of our prayers.

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Sonja Skupnjak
19 months ago
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Dear Robert and family. You are in our daily prayers at SJNDS. My first grade class has been praying for you every day, and often remind me that we should pray for Robert. Stay strong... with God all things are possible. Love, the Skupnjak family

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Simon Woodrow
19 months ago
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Be strong and believe in yourself sir.!! I used to play and suffered an injury that stopped me from playing That's not going to happen to you because you are a winner Take your time and take all the support of your family, friends and health care professionals Never give up fighting til the figjting's done 5200 miles away in Somerset, UK but wishing you man hugs (and beer)

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LaNette Stadnick Guevara
19 months ago
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Robert, stay strong, you are going to do amazing things and you have a world of people pulling for you! We are all here to support you in anyway we can! We have faith in God and in you!!! praying the Angel Of God every day in the classroom for you !! Mrs. Guevara

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Greg Elko
19 months ago
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PAYLOR we are thinking about your everyday buddy. Your brother and you both are two amazing young men and I'm proud to say we've had the pleasure of coaching at Jesuit. The out pour of support from the whole community , for those that know you and those that have only heard what an amazing man your , is alredy your positive attitude living in others that you have helped stir ! Love for team PAYLOR ! PAYLOR STRONG

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Mary Brophy-Salaber
19 months ago
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We are all here and ready to help. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Nick, Anthony, and family.

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Alaina Handy Divine
19 months ago
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Robert and family. We have been inspired by your friends and family comments and by the faith that is obviously present! You may know our son, Jason Divine (coach JD) of the Granite Bay Rugby Club. He speaks very highly of you. We do not know you or your family personally, but feel like we are a part of it now. We pray daily and will continue to. God will level your mountain, He will give you some fresh victories. He has the final say! Stay tough and know you were never created to be average. You will conquer! Dave and Alaina Divine

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DC
$500
Damien Caton
5 days ago

Your progress has been incredible! Praying for your continued recovery.

TY
$100
Thomas Yan
11 days ago

Our prayers are with you. Go Bears!

LD
$50
Laurel Davis
15 days ago

I saw the appeal to help Robert at a Cal football game earlier this season. While I love supporting Cal Athletics, I feel it is also important to support injured athletes. Best of luck to Robert in his recovery. Go Bears!

DW
$100
dominique wainwright
1 month ago

my daughter went to berkeley and we admire your courage and strength !

SF
$50
Sarah F.
1 month ago

I also saw you take those first steps on the Cal football field. What strength and spirit! May you continue to heal and have excellent care.

Danielle Custer
19 months ago

Hi Robert and Paylor family. My name is Danielle Custer from Cincinnati, Ohio and my little brother is a 19 year old D1 college basketball player who was in an accident and was paralyzed from the neck down last month. This devastating news changed our families life and we are just beginning our journey. One thing besides our faith that we turned to was information about a stem cell study that has had great results run by one of the best spinal surgeons in the world. There is no guarantee but we are hoping this might help him get more movement in his upper body and could be something to look into for Robert. The thousands of people who have been supporting Ryan through this tragedy keeps reminding us that he is a 19 year old tough athlete which will be helpful for recovery. I can see that as well for Robert! If you would like to reach out about information for next steps, we definitely have become experts in information this past month and wouldn't have gotten anywhere without help from other people in our situation. Ryan is currently at Rush University in chicago but will be moved shortly to begin rehab at RIC in Chicago. RIC, Shepard in Atlanta, and Craig in Denver are the top three spinal rehab facilities in the country that would be helpful to look into. If you want to read more about Ryan's recovery and ideas for Robert's recovery, he has a Facebook page called Ryan Custer's Recovery Care Page. You can contact us through there if you would like. We will keep your family in our prayers!

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Bernadette Finnegan-Mauro
19 months ago

My name is Bernadette Mauro and I am the Director of Information and Resource Services for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center. I am reaching out to help Robert and his family navigate his new injury. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) offers a wide range of information and resources specific to individuals with paralysis including those available specifically in the state of California and resources for the newly injured. It would be greatly appreciated if you would forward my contact information to the Paylor family for the Reeve Foundation. The PRC can tailor specific information based on Robert’s injury and needs. We are prepared to send a comprehensive package to the Paylor family. My contact information, along with the Foundation’s telephone number, can be found at the bottom of this letter. Please be assured that there is no charge for our services. If you would share my contact information with Robert's family I would appreciate it. I have also sent an email through the site that includes my personal phone number. I am on ET Best, Bernadette Mauro Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center www.paralysis.org 1-00-539-7309

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Nick Zagyi
19 months ago

hey Robert I don't know if you remember me but I used to play baseball with you in little league, and you where the best pitcher in the whole league haha. I remember how everyone looked up to you and you motivated the team, I guarantee that's the same way playing rugby too. my family and I wish you the deepest prayers and a speedy recovery. -nick and the zagyis

+ Read More
Sam Cusano
19 months ago

It's an honor to call myself your teammate Rob. You are the man, love you brotha.

+ Read More
Mick Malaney
19 months ago

Robert, A quick update: By now you’re aware Jesuit High School and community gathered at “Paylor” Chapel. (Apparently FOX News reported “Paylor Chapel?”) Father Sulwasky rolled with it. The chapel was standing room only. Your former classmates ’15 attended as well as underclassmen e.g. football, rugby, etc. The choir sounded great. Father Sulwasky’s homily was poignant: “Life doesn’t end, it changes.” Big change, no doubt, but you are strong of mind, body and spirit. Afterwards Father ‘S’ commanded the rugby team to clean house in their championship run for you: like those Marauder maniacs need further motivation? (Go, Big Red!) Hey, you got a million people pulling for you. Rehab: You got this. Love to you and the family. See you soon. Malaneys

+ Read More
Heidi Joline Hess
19 months ago

My son plays rugby for Baltimore Chesapeake and had a significant injury three years ago. Nothing like what you are going through but I just want you to know you are loved and supported even by total strangers. Rugby is family, near and far. You have your family and your mates behind you all the way. Stay strong. I'll be praying for your full recovery!!

+ Read More
Jim Dickson
19 months ago

Look at all the friends you have! Wow! I was shot in the head in Vietnam and played my first rugby game eleven years later. It was great! Played for fourteen years. I recovered so can you.

+ Read More
Don Brophy
19 months ago

Hi, Robert. My name is Don Brophy and my heart breaks every time I think of you and your injury. It smiles when I think or your tenacity, inner strength, and faith. Our grandson is your teammate. He is Anthony Salaber and I think it possible he could have been you in this tragic accident. I asked my Rotary Club (Auburn, CA) to donate to your fund and they announced today that they approved the request for $1,000. My wife and I are on our way to the bank to add to that amount. We feel for your parents, family, and friends as well. We will "be by your side" all the way. We send our love and hopes for your future.

+ Read More
Kathy Lewis Bixby
19 months ago

Robert, you are in my thoughts and prayers constantly throughout the day. Your spirit, faith and perseverance show the kind of man you are. Chase has always said you are the best of the best! Check out the story of bull rider Bonner Bolton, he was given a 1% chance to walk again after a head injury and he is now dancing! (On Dancing with the Stars) Not sure about your dance moves, but, I know you will be walking tall soon! We love you!!!! Keep your faith and keep smiling that amazing smile!

+ Read More
Patrick Hesse
19 months ago

Rob brother you are an amazing man and teammate, and it is an honor to call you my friend. I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me over the past year from opening up your couch to me during camp to just putting a smile on my face. YEE YEE brother. Love you Rob

+ Read More
Jennifer Berg-Rasmussen
19 months ago

Hey Robert it's Mrs. Rasmussen from Jesuit. We are sending so much love and prayers your way. Many people here let alone outside of Jesuit are rallying for you. Keep your spirits up and know that you are a fighter. Lots of love to you.

+ Read More
Janice Czeropski Gaedtke
19 months ago

Hey Robert...Mrs. MacDowell here. I can finally tell you that you (and your brother) were some of my favorite students at SJNDS (I couldn't tell you when you went there...no favorites allowed, hehe) God has a plan for you, even if we're wondering why this? Keep your faith and courage alive and keep up the fight! I am praying for you and your family every single day. Sending you hugs and prayers for continued strength and healing.

+ Read More
Lisa Orr
19 months ago
9
9

Hi Robert and family, my mother was paralyzed from cycling and went through Project Walk. It has made a huge difference for many people with spinal cord injuries. We stand beside you in prayer! My son is a rugby player (just had surgery from it) and love how big and amazing the rugby family is. Many hugs for you all!!!

+ Read More
Virginia Thompson
18 months ago
8
8

Dearest Jennifer, Thank you so much for sending all of us these videos of Robert's progress. You really have been a wonderful support for him and his family. I thank God there are people in this world who care as you , Robert's family and this support group do. Robert's determination is so evident in these videos. He will make it with God's help and all of our prayers.

+ Read More
Sonja Skupnjak
19 months ago
8
8

Dear Robert and family. You are in our daily prayers at SJNDS. My first grade class has been praying for you every day, and often remind me that we should pray for Robert. Stay strong... with God all things are possible. Love, the Skupnjak family

+ Read More
Simon Woodrow
19 months ago
8
8

Be strong and believe in yourself sir.!! I used to play and suffered an injury that stopped me from playing That's not going to happen to you because you are a winner Take your time and take all the support of your family, friends and health care professionals Never give up fighting til the figjting's done 5200 miles away in Somerset, UK but wishing you man hugs (and beer)

+ Read More
LaNette Stadnick Guevara
19 months ago
7
7

Robert, stay strong, you are going to do amazing things and you have a world of people pulling for you! We are all here to support you in anyway we can! We have faith in God and in you!!! praying the Angel Of God every day in the classroom for you !! Mrs. Guevara

+ Read More
Greg Elko
19 months ago
7
7

PAYLOR we are thinking about your everyday buddy. Your brother and you both are two amazing young men and I'm proud to say we've had the pleasure of coaching at Jesuit. The out pour of support from the whole community , for those that know you and those that have only heard what an amazing man your , is alredy your positive attitude living in others that you have helped stir ! Love for team PAYLOR ! PAYLOR STRONG

+ Read More
Mary Brophy-Salaber
19 months ago
7
7

We are all here and ready to help. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Nick, Anthony, and family.

+ Read More
Alaina Handy Divine
19 months ago
6
6

Robert and family. We have been inspired by your friends and family comments and by the faith that is obviously present! You may know our son, Jason Divine (coach JD) of the Granite Bay Rugby Club. He speaks very highly of you. We do not know you or your family personally, but feel like we are a part of it now. We pray daily and will continue to. God will level your mountain, He will give you some fresh victories. He has the final say! Stay tough and know you were never created to be average. You will conquer! Dave and Alaina Divine

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