Ofc. Bryan Rickards ALS Fight

$13,891 of $20k goal

Raised by 177 people in 2 months
Melissa Gargan
on behalf of Bryan Rickards
 ABINGTON, PA




Officer Bryan Rickards has served the residents of Abington Township as a Police Officer for the past 19 years. In November 2006 Officer Rickards was assigned to the K-9 Unit after training with the New Jersey State Police. Officer Rickards and his K-9 partner Ivan, are an award winning team, trained in narcotics detection, and patrol operations certified.  Officer Rickards has served as a K-9 SWAT officer, Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operation Instructor, Firearms Instructor, on the Honor Guard, DARE instructor, on the Montgomery County Major Incident Response Team, and Narcotics Task Force. Over the course of his career, Officer Rickards has been recognized with numerous commendations for valor, and going beyond the call of duty.

In April of last year, Officer Rickards began to notice that he was having trouble with his right hip, and was having some difficulty walking. He initially attributed this to an injury sustained while tackling an armed robbery suspect back in February. After many evaluations by specialists, and failed treatments, his mobility continued to deteriorate, finally rendering him unable to work the street in November. He was referred to the care of Dr. Leo McCluskey, the Director of the ALS Center for Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, for extensive testing.

On February 16, 2017, Officer Rickards was given the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis). This is a rare and progressively debilitating disease that will prevent him from ever being able to return to work as a police officer.

Bryan has 3 young children, and could really use all the help he can get. The Abington Township Police Association is collecting money to assist in defraying medical costs both current and future and support his family. All proceeds will go directly to Officer Rickards and his family. This GoFundMe page, along with a Beef and Beer fundraiser scheduled for April 8, 2017 have been set up to do just that!

Dontations are also being accepted by the Abington Township Police Assocation (A.T.P.A.), PO Box 211, Abington, PA 19001.
+ Read More
Update 1
Posted by Melissa Gargan
20 days ago
   Share
1
1
Ofc. Rickards and his family recently enjoy a trip to Disney World with the help of his APD family! We look forward to seeing everyone Saturday night at the Beef and Beer!
Ofc. Rickards and his family.
+ Read More
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$13,891 of $20k goal

Raised by 177 people in 2 months
Created February 21, 2017
Melissa Gargan  
on behalf of Bryan Rickards
JD
$100
Joanne David
1 day ago
NP
$300
Northampton Township PBA
1 day ago

The Northampton Township PBA supports our brother in blue.

KC
$50
Karen Covey
11 days ago

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

$500
Anonymous
16 days ago
$100
Mike Macri
16 days ago

Sending Love & Strength to my Brother in Blue & your family.

LC
$200
Linda Chiarella
17 days ago

Bryan, we are here always for you, Cindy, and our beautiful grandchildren. Love you all, Linda and Gene

TM
$30
Terry Markward
18 days ago
CW
$50
Caroline Wagner
18 days ago
DN
$30
Daniel Nolan
20 days ago
JW
$200
Janelle and Boe Wolfgang
20 days ago
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now

This campaign needs your support

Any amount helps!
Donate Now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.