Ryan Medley Appeal

For: Ryan Medley
Dubbo, NSW, Australia
Organizer: Dubbo CYMS Rugby League & Cricket Clubs
of $150,000 goal.
Raised by 440 donors
84% Complete
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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 June 22, 2017

Posted on June 22, 2017

And we are live - Lets get behind this great cause..


Posted on June 22, 2017

Posted on June 22, 2017

A post from the UNSW Cricket Club - June 20

We are pleased to report the UNSWCC US Open Golf Day raised $3,410 for Ryan's appeal. It has been deposited into the bank account.

The Club and all guests on the day would like to thank Brian for coming along to the breakfast and updating us on Ryan's condition. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say that Brian and Ryan's families strength is an inspiration and it must be of enormous help to Ryan.

The whole Club is behind you mate and here if anyone needs anything.


Matt Sanders
UNSWCC President

Posted on June 19, 2017

Posted on June 19, 2017

Daily Liberal - 16th June 2017

Dubbo’s Trent Pengilly will have a first class view of Wednesday night’s State of Origin match after his ticket was drawn in the Dubbo College raffle.

The raffle has raised thousands for the Ryan Medley Appeal, to help Ryan Medley in his recovery after a serious neck injury during a Group 11 rugby league match.

Dubbo College vice principal and raffle co-ordinator Craig May said he was delighted with the response.

“We had something that we we hoping to raise $1000 and with everything added together we’re probably closer to $4000. It’s great we’ve been able to do it,” he said.

“What happened [to Ryan] was shocking and it’s close to our heart with Ryan coming through the college and being one of our best rugby league players and students, but most importantly a great person.

“We had people coming in who had heard about it, we had teachers, former students and sporting identities from all sports, everyone has just supported it.

“We just hope it can go some way to making a good recovery for Ryan.”

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