Ryan Medley Appeal

For: Ryan Medley
Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Organizer: Dubbo CYMS Rugby League & Cricket Clubs
Ryan Medley Appeal (Ryan Medley)
of $300,000 goal
89% Complete
Raised by 548 donors

The Story

On Sunday the 4th of June we all awoke to a beautiful sunny winters morning. Some of us preparing for the traditional Sunday sporting event in the country the peoples game, a game of Rugby League.

The Dubbo CYMS Club headed off to Wellington to compete in 4 grades of Rugby League. League tag, Under 18 Juniors, Reserve Grade & the main game First Grade.

The normal pregame rituals with strapping, rub downs & warm up drills. Everything seemed to be like a normal Sunday. The inter town & club rivalry on the paddock, played in a sportsman like manner, the home crowd behind their team & the visitors, while being out numbered, still vocal in supporting their team the Fishies, better known as Dubbo CYMS.

The time was 12.45pm & the Reserve Grade ran out onto the field, where both sides lined up, listening to the instructions from the referee while shaking hands with their opponents. Everything seemed like a normal game of rugby league with the kick off commencing the start of the Reggies game.

Then came the 25th minute of the first half. Ryan, playing his first game of rugby league in six years, took the ball up into  a regulation hit up and went into a tackle. What seemed to be normal, was all of a sudden realised that Ryan had contacted the opposing players body with his head. The initial thinking was Ryan had received a head knock & was a little concussed. After a very short time the league safe officers realised that the injury sustained was a little more serious. It in fact, a lot more serious.

After laying motionless on the ground for some 90 minutes talking to the people assisting him, Ryan was airlifted to RNS hospital for hospitalisation for treatment to a serious neck injury.

It was reported in the late of Sunday night that Ryan had in actual fact sustained a fracture to his C5 vertebrae along with swelling of his spinal cord.

Ryan has since undergone an operation to insert rods along his spine to support his C5 vertebrae & take pressure off his spinal cord.    

While a definite prognosis has not been given at this time. The road ahead to recovery for Ryan is going be a long haul.

The Ryan Medley Appeal.

The “Ryan Medley Appeal” is being launched by Dubbo CYMS in conjunction with Dubbo CYMS Cricket, Dubbo CYMS Old Boys, Saint John’s Junior Rugby League & South Dubbo Rotary & the support within the Rugby League Community.

The Appeal is being set up as a community support for Ryan & his Wife Casey along with the Medley Family. We understand that Ryan’s health & outcome from this serious injury is paramount at this time. We also realise & understand that the Medley families main concern at this very moment is Ryan. With this in mind the community wants to assist Ryan & his family to minimise any financial impost during these trying times.

Ryan’s rehabilitations will involve long stints away from his wife & family. The funds raised are initially for the purpose of providing accommodation, travel, personal items & other costs associated to allow the family to be beside Ryan in these trying times. Times like this we all know how important it is in having family & loved ones close by your side, to provide positive support, to encourage & motivate Ryan in his time of need & rehabilitation ahead.

On behalf of the CYMS club along with the associated clubs & organisations we would like to thank you for your donation & support to The Ryan Medley Appeal. We can also guarantee that every dollar raised 100% going directly to Ryan & Casey to assist Ryan in his recovery.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 16, 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018

The Ryan Medley Appeal Update

February 2018 marks 8 months since that Sunday afternoon in June when Ryan Medley received a serious spinal injury damaging his C4 vertebrae. The injury caused a partial tear to his spinal cord while he was playing rugby league with his mates and beloved CYMS club.

Ryan is now attending the ‘Ryde Rehab’ where he is undergoing intense physiotherapy and treatment to assist him in being able to regain his finer motor skills. This rehabilitation journey will assist him in returning to somewhat of a normal life of independence.

The 8 months has moved quickly for some and not so quick for others. In particular it has been a long, drawn out and sometimes very frustrating time for Ryan, his wife Cassie, Dad Brian & Mum Janelle. All have been alongside Ryan during the not so good days and the better days where he demonstrates a degree of determination and motivation he has never experienced before. Brian has spent endless hours assisting Ryan in his recovery, arriving at hospital every morning, bright and early, to assist Ryan in getting ready for the day of intense rehabilitation. Mum Janelle ensures Ryan’s dietary requirements have been maintained, providing him with wholesome home cooked meals along with his special treats. Wife Cassie has been exceptional, showing great strength and support to her husband. Cassie stands alongside her soul mate, supporting him in his every move and thought as they continue the rehabilitation journey. She most importantly provides the love that inspires Ryan each and every day.

The specialist staff looking after and caring for Ryan are amazed at his progress over the 8 months since his accident. They have explained to Ryan that his progress is advanced compared to similar injuries that people have received around the same time.
Ryan has most recently undergone a 9 hour operation, in which the procedure carried out was to redirect nerve functions into his lower arms to assist in regaining the finer motor skills to his hands and fingers. The procedure was carried out on one arm with the other arm set to receive the procedure in 2 weeks time.

To date the Ryan Medley appeal has raised $268,000. This has been a great achievement in just 8 months, but it is well short of the $350,000 goal we have set to financially assist Ryan, Cassie and his family in his road to recovery and long life ahead.
To date Ryan & Cassie have received assistance from the appeal for various expenses. Most importantly to allow his family to be alongside Ryan and assist with his day to day progress, along with purchasing equipment and aides to assist in Ryan’s rehabilitation.

The next step in The Ryan Medley Appeal, is a Gala Fundraising Dinner that is booked for the Saturday 17th of March at the Dubbo RSL Club. The appeal committee has secured the services of Sydney radio’s 2GB Ray Hadley to MC and auctioneer for the night.
There will be additional information on the event in the days ahead.

Lastly, a short heartfelt note from the Medley Family;
“The level of love, support and well wishes from the community both near and far has completely blown our family away and we are forever grateful for the support.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
The Medley Family.

Best regards,
Kevin Walkom, Chairman, CYMS Board

Ryan Medley Appeal: Direct deposit
NAB Bank
BSB 082 564
A/C No. 510 455 435

Posted on July 31, 2017

Posted on July 31, 2017

Ryan is progressing very well with the medical & rehabilitation staff at RNS being very happy with his progress to date. Ryan is currently using an electric wheel chair which is providing him with mobility to scoot around the corridors to his appointments & to greet visitors.  It is expected that Ryan will be discharged from RNS in the coming weeks pending the availability of accommodation at the Ryde Rehabilitation Centre. Ryan & Casey has received a visit from a former spinal injury  patient at RNS & his wife in recent days. This person who was in a similar position as Ryan some 12 months ago & is today walking (with some restrictions). The  visit has provided Ryan with additional motivation along with a very determined  mind set to achieve the best possible out comes, considering his current condition. Casey & Ryan’s along with their families are settling into the Sydney environment as best as they can, (You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy). The appeal has now reached the 210k mark following last weeks successful sheep challenge $ 10,000 which was the initiative of Dubbo Grazier Alan West, the CYMS Indigenous round jersey auction from last Saturday contributed $ 7,000.00 bringing the total funds raised to 210k.

Funds from the appeal are now being  provided to Ryan, Casey & their families to assist with the costs of accommodation, travel, living expenses and associated costs with living away from home. Dubbo CYMS league, cricket & the Old Boy’s would like to once again thank the communities of Dubbo & surrounding towns along with the wider communities of New South Wales for their generosity to date in achieving our current appeal total.

As Ryan’s progress advances there will be additional opportunities for those that wish to support the appeal with additional events planned to be held in the coming weeks & months.

Once again a Big thankyou & God bless to everyone. Lets keep those prayers going for Ryan.

Best Regards

Kevin Walkom, Chairman CYMS Board   

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