Recently, a GoFundMe has been making it’s way through Facebook. The fundraiser was created in support of Riley Davis, a Freshmen at O’Niell Public High School, who continues his battle to overcome a medical condition involving his left knee.
Davis has been battling the condition since the age of five and will travel to Chicago, IL with his family to obtain surgery in hopes of correcting the issue. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $2,000 for the family, who will have countless expenses including travel expenses, co-pays, aftercare and follow up visits.
An active athlete since the age of four, Davis discovered his passion for competitive sports when he joined the O’Neill Leprechaun Youth Sports Program and became a wrestler. In third grade, Davis began playing football for the Leprechauns, and since then has participated in various sports, including discus and shooting sports.
Now, Davis dreams of playing football with the Eagles, but till now has not had the opportunity because of his injury. However, he continues to show team spirit as he sits on the sidelines each day at practice, supporting the football team.
According to the GoFundMe page, Davis has “kissing lesions” on his tibia and femur. In other words, his knee is missing cartilage, allowing bone-to-bone contact which is very painful.
Davis continues to look towards the future and recovery. His journey began in October of 2015, when, after years of on-and-off pain in his left knee, several different diagnosis, and many ice bags and painkillers, his lateral meniscus was removed in hopes of improving his condition.
In August of 2016, Davis had a second surgery to clean up cartilage in his knee. The surgery revealed the seriousness of his knee condition, and the need for a meniscus transplant.
Davis and his family will travel to Chicago for the complicated procedure, and hope that this will be the last step to a pain-free life for Davis.
The GoFundMe was started by Jackie Clure Collier, Davis’s grandmother.