Diehard San Francisco Giants fan, Bryan Stow is a funny guy.
It’s hard to believe that this was the same person who was brutally attacked after “sending his love” to the Giants by going down to Los Angeles with two buddies against the hated Dodgers on opening day 2011.
He watched the recent Dodgers-Giants series in which the bullpen squandered leads late in the two of the games, threatening hopes for a playoff berth.
“I’m on suicide watch,” Stow jokingly said.
Oh yeah, he reminded everyone within earshot in the Weston Ranch High Performing Arts building that the Giants are in their even year – they won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
“This is our year,” he said, with championship shirts and jerseys from the previous World Series championship years to prove it.
Stow also has a large scare atop of his head as a painful reminder of that tragic moment that nearly cost him his life.
He had to learn how to speak, walk and write. “I’m right handed but that side of my brain (affecting motor skills) didn’t work so I had to learn to write with left hand,” Stow said at Friday morning assembly at Weston Ranch High.
He was able to grab the microphone with his right hand on this day, showing progress on his long journey to recovery.
Once upon a time, Stow was a workout fanatic and thrill seeker. He and his two sisters went skydiving in Hollister, landing safely from 18,000 feet.
That was his third-ever jump.
He was a paramedic, riding an ambulance as a first responder. Ironically, those in his profession were the ones who helped save his life after sustaining life-threatening injuries from the hands of Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood.
The two accepted plea deals for the attacks and are currently serving time in prison.
They may have physically beaten Bryan Stow, but they didn’t touch his fight spirit.
He and his mother, Ann Stow, travel up and down the state to share the anti-bullying message. They were doing so on their dime prior to starting up the Bryan Stow Foundation.
Click on to www.bryanstowfoundation.org and read where he spent four years at five different hospitals, numerous surgeries and countless hours as outpatient therapy just to get an idea how far he’s come.
And do so with compassion and a great sense of humor.
He used to be confined to a wheelchair and had to use a ramp for a special spot in area of the backseat on the SUV.
He now uses a pair of crutches and a cane to get around. Bryan now rides shotgun in the van, where he “calls the shots.”
His ultimate goal is to drive again.
Don’t rule it out. After all, he’s had to re-learn how to walk, talk and write.
Stow also swam one-quarter mile in a recent challenge in the pool at Cabrillo College.
He also workout routine at the In-Shape Gym near his home in Capitola and attended concerts, another of his favorite things to do prior to his injuries, meeting members from his favorite bands – Def Leppard, Tesla, and Queensryche, to name a few.
Of course, the names of the ’80s metal bands were unbeknownst to youngsters at Weston Ranch.
“Really?” he said at the assembly. “You guys don’t know Def Leppard?”
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