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  1. Patricia Williams says:

    I do not have paypall and do not want one so is there an address I could send a check. I will go and light a candle for Ryan and keep him in his prayers. I have a son about his age. I hope I can help, even if it’s just a little.
    God bless you all for what you are doing,
    Patricia Williams


    • Sam Durham says:

      Ryan’s Rally
      ℅ Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion
      20585 Ashburn Village Blvd.
      Ashburn, VA 20147
      *Please make checks payable to Ryan’s Rally.

      AWESOME, thanks!

    • Liz Matson says:

      Sorry, Patricia…I meant to click the “thumbs up” and accidentally clicked the “thumbs down”.

  2. Becky Burke says:

    My son recovered (to a cognitive & physical extent) when I took him home. I would love to talk to you. My Harley is 4 years 3 months post injury and what we have is more than “this kid will never survive the Med Flight Ride and if he does He will not make it out of the ER” then he did and they told us death would happen soon. I would love to talk to you.

  3. I saw your story on the Today show yesterday and my heart went out to you and your family. My daughter is 2 1/2 years post injury. She was only 15 years old at the time, and was in a motor vehicle accident caused by a drunk driver. Ashlee has made tremendous progress, and I have faith that Ryan will too. Don’t give up. Your love and support is what he needs most.

    God Bless and keep your faith,

    The Stokes family.

  4. Michele Herring says:

    God Bless all of you….I understand what is going on. My daughter was in a motorcycle accident and hit her head. She had part of her skull removed to allow for the brain swelling. She could not drain the excess fluid off her brain without a shunt. I will pray for all of you to remain strong and for your son to be himself again. I hope you have lots of support. I wish you the BEST.

  5. diana says:

    I saw the Today show and was moved by your story, You two are the greatest parents to care for your son with such love and compassion. You are in my prayers for son’s recovery–don’t give up. Keep the faith!
    I have sent a check to the address listed on your website.

  6. Rainy says:

    My husband and I saw you on the Today Show. We were both moved to tears at the love you as parents and a sister have for Ryan. We are expecting our first child in April, a boy , and cannot imagine what you are going threw. Your devotion, hope and determination is beautiful. We will keep you and Ryan in our thoughts and prayers. I sent a donation to the address posted, and hope others will do the same. Keep spreading the word, HE IS WORTH IT!!!

  7. Roy G says:

    Hello, I, along with a few others, run a sports website ( and we will be holding a fundraiser for Ryan at Kilroys Restaurant in Springfield Virginia. The event will begin at 5:00pm and a % of all money earned will be donated to “Rally for Ryan” and the Diviney family along with all money earned from the raffled prizes (including two Club level tickets to the Redskins v. Giants game with an organe lot parking pass) and all money earned in a “silent auction” of signed WVU and Redskins merchandise by current and past players. Please come out and attend this event and help support the Diviney Family!! any questions you can email the site at
    thanks and we hope to see you there!

  8. Lisa Howard says:

    My son Matthew goes to Broad Run High School and is now a senior. The other day we were talking about Ryan and my son said he remembers when he was a freshman on the football team and Ryan was on varsity. Matthew said Ryan talked to him during a practice and give him some advice on what he could do out on the field. Matthew said Ryan was so cool and Ryan didn’t treat him like a lower classman he treated him as an equal. I told Matthew he was one of the lucky ones to have had Ryan cross his path. Ryan and all of you are in my prayers. I have faith that Ryan will get better each day because of your love and support.

  9. Mir Y. says:

    We got this 🙂 ❤
    Love you Ry, we're all here for you, I'm still here and still praying and I'll never stop! Xoxoxoxo

  10. Sasja Canterbury says:

    Bless all of you! I admire each & every one of you. You all are so strong and I’m praying so hard for all of you and for Ryan. Your an amazing group of people and you have so many people that are cheering you on and praying for you each and every day.

  11. Milissa Simonsen says:

    My husband was in a motorcycle accident presumably caused by a “friend” on Father’s Day of 2007. He went on Flight for Life and the doctor matter-of-factly told me that he would eventully die of pneumonia or of bed sores if he lived though the night. He said that Andrew would be much like Terri Schiavo here in Florida. Anyway, 3 years later he is in assisted living, but he is walking with a cane, holding conversations, and doing most everything for himself. The hard part was getting him out of the coma. I found that stimulations like his favorite music, tasting (like lemon juice even though he had a feeding tube), and putting different things in his hands (textures,etc) seemed to bring some reactions from him. Even when he was in the coma, he seemed to “learn” things. For example, the nurses seemed to think that him making the “peace” sign showed them he could understand them. So, for weeks I “taught” him to make it until he did. Moving his thumb took months. He is hemiplegic due to the damage on the right side of his brain. He is paralyzed on his left side. I wish that I was as pro-active as you are with the TV appearances, etc. Andrew was a 3rd degree Black Belt and owned his own TaeKwonDo studio. I believe the his athletic abilities helped him. Remember to take time for yourselves. My prayers are with you.

  12. Jo Hobbs says:

    Still here.

  13. Shawn Joshi says:

    I have just recently heard of Ryan’s situation. I would just like to tell you, hope is honestly the best remedy. And I have an example as to why I think so.

    5 years ago, my brother (19 at the time) was a biomedical engineering student at VCU. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury from a car accident one to which many doctors were baffled as to the future of his condition. I was 16 at the time, but I can still remember it very clearly.

    The doctors described it as if the entire right hemisphere of his brain was irreversibly damaged. Many weeks passed, with literally no sign of consciousness. Somehow, 3 months into the coma his eyes were the only thing that could blink, but they never stared at anything of importance. They never recognized anything memorable. It was a blank expression. We dealt with many problems, from another trauma due to surgical error with the feed tube in his stomach. Problems after problems arose, and all hope seemed lost.
    People even gave us their recommendation in sly comments of pulling the plug, or nursing homes, etc.

    After awhile, my brother, with the slightest hint seemed to nod when asked yes or no questions. This was luckily discovered on accident, and was very, very difficult to assess whether his head was even moving. But it was the slightest expression of consciousness that led him on a long, arduous, but wonderful road of recovery.

    Today, 5 years later, he is able to move his right arm, feed him self (to a degree) even speak in sane sentences. He is just as loving as before, and still a protective, annoying older brother to me.

    My recommendations to you, are summarized as follows. Do not let negative energies get to you, anything negative you bring back to Ryan will only do him worse. Take the time to vent your frustrations, but away from him. Never give up hope, and you yourselves stay strong. Without a healthy family, taking care of Ryan in his time of need will be difficult. Try everything that can help; I showed my brother so many cards, made him feel many objects, any stimulation for his brain is for the better. Meet with people in your situation, talk to them, get hope from them.

    I haven’t given up hope, and my family and I are very happy now.

    I do not want to give you false hope, things can’t ever be perfect, but they can be close. There is always a new form of perfect to achieve, one that is wonderful in its own way as well.

    If you have any questions, please email me, I would love to speak with you. My family and I would love to meet. I told my brother of the story, and he feels for your family and Ryan as well and would like to be an inspiration for his hopeful possibilities.

    Just email me if you need any more information, or to schedule a time to meet.
    We live in Manassas Virginia, Please do not hesitate to contact me.

    My family rarely had an opportunity to meet with others in our situation, but when we did, the experience was beneficial.

  14. Christy patrick says:

    Still here- always will be- praying!

  15. Candyce says:

    Also…wanted to say…if you know someone with an iphone there is an audio bible app…play psalms in his hospital room or at home….my husbands mother was in a coma three years ago and the doctors said she would never come back and my husband read her psalms and she moved her head all around and even moved her fingers and appeared to smile. The next day she woke up asking the nurse for water….we did end up loosing her to cancer but we were able to speak with her and one of her doctors told us he would have bet his mortgage that we would never be able to speak with her again. We feel that psalms gave her comfort b/c she showed no signs of being coherent until my husband read her psalms…just want to help so deeply in some way…

  16. Natalie says:

    Still here, still fighting.

  17. John Grandizio says:

    Regardless of what every one else says to you, you know who you are, and that’s what matters. I do not want to sound like a martyr; but I have been in almost the exact same situation! Head-injury and laying around just letting atrophy eat at me, and with “doctors” wondering why I am not responsive… Well my heart goes out to you and your family, if we can help at all please let us know!

    Fellow victim,
    John Grandizio

  18. Candyce says:

    Hi there…still praying for recovery…you folks probably already know this but just in case you do not…have you heard of “dry brushing”? I saw this lady on tv who used dry brushing to regain feeling in her feet and legs. Her husband would use a BOAR bristle brush and brush toward her heart to bring back sensation. He did it everyday and after 3 months she was moving her feet….amazing! Just thought I would pass it on to you! God Bless you Diviney family!

  19. Kathy M. says:

    Just stumbled upon your sight via MSN. Brought tears to my eyes and I’ve spent half my workday reading your blog (must …..get…..back … …!)
    Anyway, I pray for all of you to get through this. As one poster said your getting back to wellness and normal will be a New normal. I know that he is aware of what you do for him and all this isn’t for nothing. He must be or I feel he would have given up by now. You all will have your normal.. hopefully it sooner than later! YOu are wonderful people!

  20. James says:

    I don’t know Ryan but I saw his story on Bing video, and I was inspired by how much you guys are doing for him. What I wanted to know is if Ryan has a Facebook page, and if we can follow his cause there maybe have page dedicated to his recovery with a donation link?
    I wouldn’t mind making it a favorite and spreading the word on Facebook, I am really pulling for Ryan and hope he continues to do well!

  21. Jacque says:

    Ryan’s in my thoughts…Miracles certainly occur….I believe he’s going to fully wake & function as he did before…Looks like a great human being. Keep on keeping the faith.

  22. Newark says:

    No more silly jokes? 😦

  23. Newark says:

    ……and as always..still here, still fighting

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