Robert Paylor's Healing/Rehab Fund

$804,665 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 5,002 people in 9 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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Robert is working on taking stairs in the pool. Stairs are a new venture, and the pool is a great place to start! Looking forward to Robert's next pool day on Monday to see how many stairs he has conquered!
Robert working on stairs in the pool!
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For anyone that has met Robert, before or after his accident, you have known that Robert would be an incredible mentor and/or coach in the future. So it is no surprise to find out that Robert has been a helping hand and mentor to new arrivals at Craig Hospital, and one in particular, Jonah Karpman. Jonah is a fellow CAL Bear, who suffered a similar injury over Winter Break and arrived at Craig several weeks ago. Through this very difficult stage, Robert has been there to help Jonah transition at Craig and to be a friend and much needed mentor.

Please continue to pray for healing and strength for Robert and include Jonah. Jonah and his family need the strength, love and financial help to make it through this difficult time. Below is Jonah's GoFundMe page to hear his story and to send him messages of strength and support.

https://www.gofundme.com/JonahKarpman

Go Bears!
Robert and Jonah at Craig Hospital
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"Today Robert took his first unassisted steps. He's still using a walker but his physical therapist didn't have to help bring his right leg up and forward.

Robert was also informed that his injury is now classified as an Asia D. The Asia Scale is a classification tool that measures the degree of sensory and motor function ranging from A through E. He started out classified as a B, meaning he had sensory but no motor function below the injury level. Now classified as an Asia D means at least half of his muscles below the injury can fight gravity.

Today was a great day!!" - Jeff Paylor
Using Walker without any PT assistance
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"Robert has finished his participation in the study at Craig Rehabilitation Center. He made significant progress in both upper and lower extremities! His hand dexterity has improved, with his left hand being much more functional. His trunk stability (abs and back) has shown great progress that has led to his ability to balance with better control. For lower extremity he made incredible progress and is still continuing! In his last "tested 6 minute walk" (with the platform walker) he was able to add an additional 50 feet beyond where he was able to walk the prior test. The measure of an additional 20 feet is considered significant progress. Robert went well beyond that!

He will continue to work with physical therapists at Craig on lower extremity goals as well as work independently on daily life goals such as dressing easier and cooking.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support! We look forward to sending updates in this next phase of his journey." -Debbie Paylor
Robert showing his finger dexterity
Robert building his endurance!
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Danielle Custer
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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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Becky Anderson
2 days ago

Robert provides the inspiration and Jennifer shares it with us. Thank you.

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Mary Joyce
3 days ago

So inspiring, and during such a difficult time for the world. Best of luck with your continued return.

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Tyler Walsh
4 days ago
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You are so awesome! I hope you accomplish your goals. You have the power to get there. SJNDS 4th grade is pulling for you!!!

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San Jose Seahawks
5 days ago
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Thank you very much for allowing the San Jose Seahawks Rugby Club to join in the fundraising effort for Robert through raising proceeds at our annual charity golf tournament, the 2017 Larry Bang Bang Seahawks Scramble. This event was a great success for the club, and we are happy to donate $1,000.00 to Robert Paylor's Haeling/Rehab Fund, which we were able to raise from a combination of entry fees, raffle sales, and Robert Paylor wristband sales. We cannot think of a more worthy cause for a rugby club fundraiser to benefit. We wish Robert all the best as his recovery progresses, and thank you for managing this vital and important fund to assist him. Cheers, San Jose "Seahawks" RFC

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David Lang
7 days ago
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Thank you, Jennifer

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Danielle Custer
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago

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

+ Read More
Mick Malaney
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
8 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 months ago
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7

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
9 months ago
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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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