He’s known as,”everyone’s friend,” 16-year-old Ryan Joseph, a College Park High Falcon sophomore who became paralyzed from the neck down during a school wrestling match.

Joseph’s friends and family, who describe him as “charming” while possessing an “exceptional wit,” started a GoFundMe page to help with the teen’s mounting medical costs.


From GoFundMe:

“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.”

TheCount.com would like to wish Ryan a speedy recovery!