Ryan fell through a skylight located at the top of his three-story apartment building in Brentwood, California on June 19, 2001. He landed on concrete and was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.n. The doctors did not expect him to live.
In total, Ryan has been treated in six different medical facilities since the accident. He has gone through specialized programs such as coma stimulation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as well as an ongoing program of physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
Today, Ryan lives at home with his mom, Lindy, step dad, Mike, and brother, Tyler in Coto de Caza, California. He is alert and happy. He can talk, sing, and answer simple questions. He recognizes family and friends. He is eating very well and is beginning to feed himself. He continues to require 24 hour a day care and is not able to walk, although we have started to see movement in his legs recently. Ryan has come a long way but still has a long way to go.
Ryan's Reach contributes to families who have a traumatic brain injured loved one that are in need of support.
Dwight Stone is is a television commentator and a two-time Olympic bronze medalist and former three-time world record holder in the men's high jump.. During his 16-year career, he won 19 national championships. In 1984 Stones became the first athlete to both compete and serve as an announcer at the same Olympics. Since then, he has been acolor anlyst for all three major networks in the United States and continues to cover track and field on television. He served as an analyst for NBC sports coverageof Track and Field at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
At ten years of age Chris become Bobby Brady to the American public on the show Brady Bunch. He has stayed active in acting on TV series and game shows and his" second side" as a tech geek has served him well in business. Chris is always the first one to raise his hand when Pat Boone and Ryan's Reach extends the invite to do a fundraiser.
Since 1998, George Dennis, Founder and CEO, has built TV Ears from a small idea he had in his father’s living room into a successful business that provides jobs for dozens of proud United States residents and has helped over 2 million people worldwide.George has announced his new affordable hearing aids launching in June of 2015. George is a long time friend and supporter to the Boone Family and Ryan's Reach
25 years of TV stardom, Kevin Dobson is best recalled as the right hand to "Kojak," Lt. Bobby Crocker (CBS, 1973-1978), and as Mack MacKenzie on the long-running "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1982-1993). He won bit parts in three films made in the east -- "Love Story" (1970), "Klute" (1971), and "The French Connection" (1971) -- before heading to Los Angeles, where his first TV gig was in an episode of "The Mod Squad," but he found himself working as a fireman on the Santa Fe Railroad to make ends meet. The break came when he was cast as Lt. Crocker in "Kojak" (CBS, 1973-1978). Under contract to Universal, which made the series, he was put into a co-starring role in the feature film "The Battle of Midway" (1976) and in his first TV movie, "The Immigrants" (syndication, 1978). In 1981 he joined "Knots Landing" as tough federal prosecutor MacKenzie, who eventually married Michele Lee. In 1996, he was the older and wiser Leo McCarthy on "FX: The Series" for syndication, and he returned to "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac" (CBS, 1997).Still active in the industry Dobson is proud of his Military Service and his work for non profits.
Kurt Bevacqua was an infielder with the 1984 Padres team that played against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.“I remember the city coming together and remember our team having a lot to do with it. It was a fun time –it was just a great time in San Diego baseball history. It really jump-started the city as far as being good baseball fans,” said Bevacqua.Bevacqua hit two home runs in the series against the Tigers, including one in Game 2 that helped the team win its only World Series game ever. Today Kurt devotes much of his time to supporting cause such as Ryan's Reach.
In 2003 Chip and Kim McAllister were owners and partners in a successful information technology company. Suddenly their multi-million dollar business was taken over, they were ousted, and all their hard work went down the drain.“Chip and I had started dwelling in the misery,” recalls Kim. “We had sunk so low in this valley. We started praying, and one day he came home and said, ‘Kim, I have this fabulous idea. Why don’t we go on this game show called The Amazing Race?’Chip says, “I told Kim, ‘We’re going to get on this show, ‘cause this is a God thing.’ This is something so out of the ordinary, so not what we’re supposed to do. This would only be God. He showed me that ‘You are going to get on The Amazing Race, and you’re going to get favor in your life. You and Kim are going to be able to be advocates for happy, healthy marriages.’ “This time [The Race] was 75,000 miles that we had to travel. We went from Argentina to Uruguay, Russia, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, Manila, the Philippines, and all the way to Canada. In the end” they hit the ground in Dallas in first place --– just minutes away from the finish line.“The Lord showed us that, working together like that, we’ll never be losers,” says Chip. “We didn’t have to win the million dollars but Kim and I were winners before we won... But the million dollars ain’t bad. Today they are motivational speakers and support worthy causes!
Actor Casey Sander has been a seasoned Hollywood veteran for over thirty years, since moving to Los Angeles from Washington State. Sander started his career doing comedy with The Groundlings. Since then, he has been seen in over 300 episodes of television shows, 25 movies of the week, 18 feature films and countless commercials, both in front of the camera and as a voice over artist as well. Sander may be best known as a series regular on Home Improvement and Grace Under Fire, where in 1993, he won a People's Choice Award for "Best New Comedy" as a regular cast member. He also had a pivotal leading role as Capt. Dan Gruber in "16 Blocks" and was 5th billed. An ex-professional baseball player in the California Angels organization and college football player at The University of Puget Sound, Mr. Sander has used his athletic background and acting fame to co-sponsor celebrity/sport charity events that have donated more than one million dollars to Cancer research. Sander has recently been a major recurring character on The Big Bang Theory, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and The Middle and Guest Starred on some of TV's hottest shows such as: Silicon Valley, NCIS Los Angeles, Mad Men, The Mentalist, CSI: NY, Harry's Law, The Glades, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Rules of Engagement, etc... Casey recently got off of a 20 episode series for Nickelodeon.
Inspired by watching Mark Spitz win seven gold medals at the 1972 Games, Brian Goodell envisioned himself on the medal stand. Like running a movie in his mind, he could hear the national anthem and feel the weight of the gold medal as it was placed around his neck.The hard work paid off. At 17, Goodell won gold in the 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, setting world records in both. By 1979, when Sports Illustrated profiled him as the top American swimmer, he was 20 and primed to be the next Mark Spitz at the 1980 Olympics. Then President Jimmy Carter, who, in response to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, decided the U.S. would boycott the 1980 Games in Moscow. In an instant, all the years of preparation were lost. Hear what he is doing today to inspire others.
In this interview aired nationwide on Testimony with Jensine Bard Lindy Boone Michaelis shares the journey from the first moment she learned of her son's tragic accident to his progress more than a decade later. It is the story of family, faith and miracles. Lindy has been on The Today Show with her father, Pat Boone and sister Debby to share the message of hope with other families. Listen to other Jensine Bard interviews on The Testimony Channel here on Radioactive Broadcasting
Supporting the efforts of Ryans Reach and High Hope is actor Casey Saunder (Big Bang Theory,Marvin.Marvin, Malcom in the Middle, Criminal Minds, Dallas and SOOOO many more. Joining the show is Mark Desmond, Director of High Hopes the organization that goes the extra mile for people with traumatic brain injuries.
"He will not die but live and celebrate the glory of GOD!" http://www.ryansreach.com/
A terrible fall and traumatic brain injury set a family on a course which amplified their faith and brought them closer to each other and God. Now they work tirelessly to fundraise so other families in peril have an outlet. This is the story of Ryans Reach and High Hopes! http://www.highhopes.ws/ Sponsored by the magnanamous George Dennis of TV Ears, http://www.tvears.com/this golf tournament generates funds to support others with traumatic brain injuries. See Little Anthony in person at the Malt Shop Memories Cruise http://www.maltshopcruise.com/