So much to be thankful for on this day before Thanksgiving. But today, I am most thankful for the opportunity to see my boy Ryley stand! Words can not do justice on the feelings I have seeing this with my own eyes...tears of joy! Here you too can see Ryley in a EasyStand Evolv Standing Frame. An incredible medical device technology that provides so many benefits for those with spinal cord injuries. Outside of the elated feeling Ryley must have to stand tall at 6' 3" once again after 4+ months, there are numerous other medical benefits. Reduced muscle atrophy, increased bone density, increased core strength, etc, etc. He can use this stand on his weekly physical therapy visits but it is so much more beneficial to have access to it on a daily basis at home. But such technology comes at a cost...$8K to be exact. A dear friend from my high school days, Suzan Rose has pledged to match any donations made to Ryley's HelpHOPELive page in the month of November up to $5,000 which would make a total donation off $10,000!!! More than enough to fund the purchase of the EasyStand for use at home. Thank you Suzan!!! All donations made are tax deductible *PLUS* on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in honor of #GivingTuesday, HelpHOPELive will #FreeTheFee! that means your donation to HelpHOPELive in Ryley's honor will NOT have ANY credit card fee taken out!! No credit card fee = more impact from your donation! #TealDeal Thank you all for your continued support! We love you all and have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving!! And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” #TheFight4Ry #PrayForRyley #HopperStrong #SeeRyleyStand
Oct 21, 2016
Think about that for a minute...three mortgage payments...three rent checks...1/4 of a year! You went from summer break then back school. You've worn a bathing suit at the beach and worn a jacket to aerate your lawn in the same time. The way you mention your newborns/grand kids age has changed from weeks to months old. A lawn mower has been replaced by a rake and autumn colors are upon us. This is how long Ryley Hopper has been in a hospital, this is how long Kim has cared for her boy, this is how long we've kept calm and carried on! Time marched on but Ryley took advantage of each and every day. So, don't take time for granted...it is fleeting...hug your kids, loved ones, family, friends and those who truly care for you. Get something done you've been putting off. Don't sweat the small stuff. Say I love you every morning and every night. I'm proud of you! But don't just say it...mean it…live by it. I love you and I'm proud of you! And boy do we love you Ryley and boy are we so proud of you. Proud of who you are...proud of what you have done ...proud of what you will become! You graduated today from the Shepherd Center inpatient program...the first step of your long journey ahead. You have come so far, yet you have so much more to do AND so much to give to others. It is both exhilarating and scary that we leave this place of safety but coming home feels so good, and we can't wait! We can't wait to see the progress you've made and I personally can't wait to have my love Kim back at home. The support Kim alone has provided to Ryley over the past several months is nothing short of incredible. Sleeping, or lack thereof, by his side in what could be described as a camping cot. Not just learning from nursing, but improving upon what she learned and in some instances some role reversal teaching…not surprising at all if you know Kim. Through this all we have remained a strong team and our relationship and marriage has become stronger than ever. I love you Kim and I am so proud of you! #HopperStrong Over the next few months Ryley will build up his strength, both physically and mentally, while at home, preparing himself for the more intensive Day Program and Beyond Therapy Program back in Atlanta in early 2017. But that does NOT mean Ryley won't be working hard at home. We are visiting & interviewing the rehab programs back in Raleigh and choosing one to continue the progress he has made over the past 3 months. Never looking backward…only forward! SO many people to thank and appreciate for what they have done for Ryley over the past 95 days. We could never mention you all for the fear of leaving someone off…but just know how thankful we are from the bottom of our hearts. Family, friends, business colleagues, nurses, doctors, etc…some of you we hardly knew before this all occurred and now we call you our friends…our extended family! Whether you're ready or not Raleigh….here we come! Welcome Back Home Son!
Sep 07, 2016
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Jul 27, 2016
Our dearest Ryley was injured in a terrible swimming pool accident on July 17th. He has broken his neck at his C6 and remains paralyzed from the chest down in the care of the Duke University...