Rehab for Ryan McLaren (Rocket)

Last Friday Ryan was enjoying a bluebird day of skiing at Mad River Glen. Unfortunately, the mountain was unforgiving that afternoon and Ryan sustained a serious spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UVMMC in Burlington, VT where it was determined that he had sustained a burst fracture to his L1 vertebrae in his lower back. He went into surgery soon after arriving and the fracture was surgically repaired. Ryan now sports some serious internal hardware that may lead to some interesting interactions with TSA at the airport in the future but his spine is stable from a medical standpoint.

With the help of a fantastic medical team Ryan was discharged from UVMMC on 3/23/17 and was transported to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center outside of Boston. He has begun a five week rehabilitation program and will be reevaluated upon completion. Ryan has a long road ahead with extensive rehabilitation. This is where he needs your help. We have published this page with the hope that the funding raised here will support Ryan and his family with the cost of rehab, adaptive equipment and any additional costs associated with the road to recovery. Any funds remaining will be donated to the Kelly Brush Foundation, Northern Vermont Ski Patrol and Spinal Cord Research. Please follow the links below to learn more:

Kelly Brush Foundation

Northern Vermont Ski Patrol

Many of you know this already, but Ryan is an honest to god champion. He is a great family man, a soon to be husband and a sincere friend. He is a man of fine wine, assorted cheese and more recently a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. He loves the outdoors, coaching lacrosse and the song Work by Rihanna. Please help us in getting Ryan back into form with anything you can. Even if it is just sending your love via email or phone, this is motivating and aids in the healing process.


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    • $50 
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    • $100 
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    • $100 
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    • $200 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Mike Vbbxtt 
Burlington, VT
Ryan McLaren 
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