Bring Ryan Vermette home: Fundraiser

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Study abroad student struck by a car in Cape Town, South Africa

By Lacey Nemergut

On April 4, Ryan Vermette, a Bentley University student studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa was hit suddenly by an oncoming motor vehicle, sustaining serious injuries to his spinal cord. Due to significant damage and pressing need for extensive rehabilitation, the cost of his safe transportation back to his home in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts poses a substantial financial burden for his loving family.

Vermette is currently a junior in with a major in Global Studies and concentration in ethics and management. Vermette had spent a majority of his summer volunteering in Ghana in coordination with a farming NGO for two months.

“While in South Africa, he volunteered to help students with math and science homework with an organization called SHAWCO,” said classmate and friend Mark DiMaggio.

In an effort to raise the necessary funds for Vermette’s highly anticipated return, Vermette’s friends and family have joined together to create the “Bring Ryan Home Fund”.

“We are asking for donated items to be raffled at a Family BBQ fundraiser to be held,” reads a flyer detailing information of the event.

“I dont think there has been a more influential person in my life,” said DiMaggio. He is the best person that I have ever met.” In addition to his closest friends, Vermette has touched the lives of many.

“For those who may not know Ryan, he is an amazing young adult who has touched so many lives. He always strives to be the best he can be and is always willing to put others first before himself,” reads the Bring Ryan Home Fund flyer. “It is this caring and passionate personality that sent him to South Africa.”

“Even throughout this entire ordeal his compassion and desire to help other people has not wavered. Anytime that I have spoken with him or others have talked about him, his first questions are about others not himself.”

The Family BBQ will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Dennis Inn in Dennis, MA. Monetary donations can be sent to:

Bring Ryan Home Fund

c/o Cape Cod Five

514 Station Avenue

South Yarmouth, MA 02664

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Comments (2)

  • Rebecca


    I hope that as the Bentley community parents, students, staff and administration do every thing possible to help this Bentley family bring their child home so he can receive the love and medical treatment necessary to help him continue on with his mission of selflessness. My understanding is that Ryan was a true role model who thought of others first all the time !


  • Jacqueline Le


    Is there an update on how much money was raised? Was the family short?


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