College Park Athletics Press Release:
Everyone’s friend, 16 year old College Park High School Falcon sophomore Ryan Joseph, son of Castro Valley High School and UC Berkeley Alum and Kristin Joseph and De La Salle Hall of Famer and Grinnell College Alum Tom Joseph, suffered a life-changing C4 spinal cord injury in a JV wrestling match this past Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Ryan is currently paralyzed from the neck down and requires assistance breathing. 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, Pleasant Hill Middle School where his sister is an 8th grader, and Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Special thanks to his beloved CP wrestling team where he was a first year JV at 160 pounds, and his CP lacrosse team where he was a freshman JV captain face-off midfielder. A loyal Golden State Warriors fan, Ryan admires Andre Iguodala for his selflessness, intelligence and willingness to help in any way.
A Go Fund Me for Ryan has been started to help support his family with medical expenses, rehabilitation and home accessibility. Please help support Ryan in his time of need using the link below:
The family may be contacted through Ryan’s uncle Mike Halket at firstname.lastname@example.org