Ryan Stevens, a popular Analy High School wrestling coach and Spanish teacher, is back home from a hospital intensive care unit and under hospice care, after suffering a series of debilitating strokes that resulted from his 4-year-long battle with melanoma.
Family and friends of Stevens, who is married to Jaredel Stevens and has four young children, have been keeping up to date on his condition through social media outlets, including a GoFundMe campaign that is close to raising its $30,000 goal to pay for costs of his treatments.
In addition, the community of Analy High students and staff are coming together for a pasta dinner fundraiser for the Stevens family on Aug. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the school’s quad area. The cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The “Take it to the Mat” event will be held in conjunction with Analy’s Back to School Night.
According to information distributed to Stevens’ students and colleagues at Analy, Stevens was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2014 and underwent brain radiation treatment to deal with an aggressive form of melanoma. Stevens made a return to the classroom last year, but shortly before school was to begin he suffered three strokes that left him largely paralyzed, unable to speak and dependent upon a feeding tube.
“The medical challenges Ryan now faces, combined with a future of uncertainty for Ryan, Jaredel and their four beautiful, young children is an overwhelmingly heavy load to bear,” said the Analy High news bulletin distributed via email. “Ryan Stevens leads by example and demonstrates daily what it means to be a Tiger. With your support of this vital fundraiser, Ryan will have the peace of mind of knowing that whatever the future holds, his family will be taken care of.”
The fund raising effort for the Stevens family can be found at: www.gofundme.com/helpstevensfamily.