Thank you for your part in making the 2nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament a huge success! What a great time we had! 140 golfers participated and 30 volunteers made this event great. It would have not been possible without everyone’s support, prayers, and donations.
Ryan Bloyd has been a member of the Northwest family since 2003. He was a top salesperson in our residential and commercial arenas as well as a technician or administrative help, depending on the task at hand. There has never been a job too big or too small for Ryan to do. His great personality and determination has made him loved by all. Here is Ryan’s story:
In September 2008, Ryan contracted a blood infection which caused a brain aneurism to rupture, followed by a stroke. Being in a coma for six weeks at Emory University Hospital’s Neuro ICU, he was given about a 20% chance to survive and a 10% chance to walk again. In late October, doctors performed brain bypass surgery, which was successful with a few complications. This facility saved his life.
In November 2008, Ryan entered Shepherd Center’s Acquired Brain Unit for healing and therapy. His right arm and leg were physically challenged. He was discharged in mid December and began the day program at Shepherd Pathways. These two facilities brought Ryan from not being able to lift his head to walking and strengthening his arm.
Speech continued to be Ryan’s biggest challenge. Because of the support Ryan received from last year’s golf tournament, he was able to attend the Steps Forward intensive speech therapy facility in St. Pete. This provided the breakthrough that Ryan needed for continued progress in his language and speech abilities.
When he returned from Florida, Ryan immediately began speech therapy in Atlanta. This will continue as well as reading and writing tutoring…and all are impressed with his improvement in his communication skills.
Ryan continues to work at Northwest Exterminating which provides additional therapy for him, being with his peers. He has his sights set on moving out on his own in the near future and getting back to his old routine.
Speech therapy will be part of Ryan’s life for some time, but the rewards are great. Thank you all for being such an important part of his incredible success!
– Sandy Bloyd, Ryan’s Mom