A GoFundMe page has been created for Dallyn Despain, three-time Arizona high school state wrestling champion who was seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover accident nearly two weeks ago.
The online fundraising campaign has been established to help his family pay for medical-related expenses resulting from his accident which took place while Despain was driving home from work on the night of Sept. 1.
The rollover accident fractured Despain's neck and shoulder.
"At this time Dallyn has feeling in his right arm, little feeling in his left and no feeling from his chest to his feet," according to his GoFundMe page. "After the accident, Dallyn was flown to Scottsdale Osborn where he received a spinal fusion surgery from his C3 vertebrae to his C5."
Despain wrestled at Mogollon High School in Heber, Ariz. where he was a state finalist all four years, winning the state title as a freshman (118 pounds in 2011), sophomore (126 pounds in 2012) and senior (138 in 2014), and placing second at 132 pounds in 2013 as a junior (losing to four-time Arizona state champ Ryan Allred, 4-3, in the finals). Despain compiled an incredible 179-2 overall record at Mogollon.
Jeffrey Hartman, who described himself as a coach, official and Tournament Director in Arizona for the past 20 years, told InterMat, "I have seen thousands of wrestlers and ten times that many matches and only a few wrestlers I can honestly say I would want my son to grow up to be like. One in particular is Dyllan Despain …"
"Dallyn Despain is a beloved member of the community by all," according to the GoFundMe page set up to help the Despain family with injury-related expenses. "From hometown sports stardom, working on his family ranch, and becoming a wildland firefighter Dallyn has won the hearts of many."
"While things might be hard, Dallyn is full of laughter and has very high spirits that he will regain feeling and walk again," the GoFundMe page continues. "Dallyn has received lots of prayers, visits and reach outs from across the board and is helping him with finding strength and keeping a positive mentality. Dallyn has a long road ahead of him, but he's a fighter, and a tough cowboy above all. Any contribution will help!"