Help our teammate Ryan Joseph

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Raised by 2,303 people in 11 months
Created January 11, 2018
Everyone’s friend, 16 year old College Park High School Falcon sophomore Ryan Joseph, son of Kristin and Tom Joseph, suffered a life changing spinal cord injury in a  wrestling meet on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  Currently Ryan is paralyzed from the neck down and unable to breathe on his own.  Hopes and prayers are for Ryan to have a speedy recovery and one day regain mobility for independent living. Ryan is being well-treated at the John Muir Trauma ICU in Walnut Creek.  Unfortunately, he is unable to receive visitors at this time, but cards are welcome.

Ryan is well known by friends, teachers and coaches for his charm, exceptional wit and humor.  His family gives heartfelt thanks for the kindness and support they have received from the many communities Ryan has touched at College Park High School, Pleasant Hill Middle School, and Pleasant Hill Elementary.  Special thanks to his beloved wrestling and lacrosse teams.

Please help support Ryan in his time of need!  This will help his family with medical expenses, rehabilitation,  and home accessibility.
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Thanks again to everyone that ran yesterday - we had some fun pictures sent our way!

What Ryan does when he is not in therapy...
It has been a week of Babies, Babies, Babies…Ryan may be tough, but he has a soft side too! One of our favorite nurses at Craig Hospital just had a baby! We got to be here all though Tiffany’s pregnancy and were so lucky to get to meet baby Camila last week. Fun fact, her middle name is Ryan . We are looking forward to many more babies this coming year: our fabulous doctor, PT, and Psychologist are all expecting and we can’t wait for our neighbors (best ever!!) at home to have their baby this spring! In addition to all the expecting moms, our Case Manager at Craig just had a little girl last week, and our super wheelchair clinic PT had a little girl this summer. Babies everywhere - Ryan will be busy!! The community we have here in Colorado rivals what we have at home – takeaway, we are surrounded by amazing, kind, generous people!

Speaking of amazing, kind generous people…
We wanted to share the John Muir Hospital Holiday Campaign with you. They rolled out the e-mail teaser and letter last week and we have them here to share. Please take a look and consider John Muir Hospital Foundation this giving season – they do INCREDIBLE things!!
Teaser Link https://conta.cc/2RxIPFD
Letter Link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/witg4922nepa4q9/AACEpnf4eIIsCMp5kxCwQVZVa?dl=0
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We have heard from so many of you that are running the Run Walnut Creek 2018 event tomorrow for Ryan and we just wanted to wish all of you good luck and say thank you! Ryan will be represented by family members at the race and we are excited to hear how everyone does. We are hoping Ryan will be able to join you all next year!!
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We have been at this approximately 47 weeks and counting. Not all weeks have huge gains, some weeks Ryan is just working hard trying to get to the next level. This was one of those weeks. He has been working with his PTs to get his foot placement correct and to get his core to cooperate and not overcompensate for his weaknesses. It is a LOT to think about!

Ryan has become more confident in his transfers from different locations and surfaces. We had lots of transfers from his chair to the car this week and he succeeded at transferring from his manual chair to his power chair all on his own. Ryan measures success with these transfers with the following equation: Takeoffs = Landings. If that happens, all is good!

We know that wrestling season has started, and wish everyone good luck this season! We can’t wait to get back and cheer you all on in person.
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#GivingTuesday
Here are some ideas for Giving Tuesday that we would like to share. Many of the groups that have supported Ryan are athletic clubs, schools and community groups. In the spirit of “#GivingTuesday “ we wanted to share their information with you. We know first hand that there are many amazing groups out there and your kindness will definitely be appreciated!

Here is the Dropbox Link to the document:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w13h60pb297r87j/AAAyNc2qLF0wLyvy7JSL8w-fa?dl=0
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