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Family & friends of Ryan Dalla Valle are uniting to raise money for medical expenses of his near-fatal accident; please show your support!

On April 13, 2013, Ryan Dalla Valle, of Windber, Pennsylvania, survived a near-fatal motorcycle accident. He suffered traumatic injuries to three limbs, involving severe burns to his right leg and amputation of his right arm and left leg. This GiveForward page was created by close family friends of Ryan in order to provide a place for family, friends, or anyone who has been touched by his story to leave words of encouragement and love for him. We are also asking for those who feel comfortable to leave a donation that will be used toward medical bills and out-of-pocket costs associated with his recovery. EVERY DONATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE!  No matter the "size" of the donation, Ryan will be helped tremendously with your generosity...If it's a dollar, please donate!  On the donation page, supporters can select "Hide Gift Amount" to keep their donation private if they so wish.  We are encouraged with advancements in prosthetics, and we hope that Ryan will be able to take advantage of this technology during his rehabilitation. Within the past week, we have only begun to learn the extent of the medical costs associated with his hospital stays, arm and leg prosthetics, and rehabilitation for him both now and in the future.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of knowing Ryan for his 33 years, we wanted to share some of the Ryan that we know with you. Ryan is the youngest of two children to Joseph and Anne Dalla Valle. Joe is a Deacon at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Johnstown, as well as a funeral home owner/director in Windber, and Anne has been a nurse at Windber Medical Center for almost 40 years. Ryan has two young children of his own: daughters Emma, who is almost 3, and Olivia, who is almost 1. His older sister Deanna, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, and brother-in-law have twin girls born in August, 2011. This part of Ryan’s life has been very exciting as he watches his daughters grow and learn. He looks forward to Emma and Olivia living, growing, and loving life with his nieces as the years progess. He has enjoyed all of the things that young fathers do with their children: running around, playing catch, going to the closest playground, playing in the sand, and certainly Chucky Cheese. During annual beach vacations with the Dalla Valle family, we always knew that Ryan would be the first one awake, knocking on our camper door ready to take on a brand new day. He was always the first one in the water and the last one out, and he has already talked about trips in the future when he will be able to do this again with his family, daughters, and friends.

Anyone and everyone who has met Ryan has liked him immediately. Tall and a charmer, Ryan is a friendly and loyal individual. Ryan is a funeral director for the small family business in Windber and has served the families of his community with compassion and professionalism. The families he has helped have appreciated him immensely, and his dad Joe, on more than one occasion, was told how friendly, compassionate and competent Ryan was during the most difficult time in their lives. He extended and opened himself to their every need as they dealt with the death of a loved one. Now, more than ever before, he needs the support of all those who can help him through this, his own dark, troubled time.

This road to recovery will be long and difficult for Ryan, as he also sustained pelvic fractures impeding the normal rehabilitation process. The doctors have already started Ryan in the process of skin grafts to prepare his body for arm and leg prostheses. As of April 29th, Ryan was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh due to complications of one of his skin grafts. Over the next weeks, months, and years, Ryan will need every ounce of strength, courage, and patience to return to a normal life. We have no doubt in our minds that Ryan, with his determination for a normal, fulfilling life with his girls, will recover from this horrible tragedy. We will continue to post updates on Ryan’s progress as time goes on, so please stop back when you have a chance. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued love and support of Ryan and the Dalla Valle family.

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