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3rd Annual Event to Raise Funds for College Student Beaten into Coma

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Ryan Diviney is still in a coma three years after being nearly beaten to death while away at school in West Virginia. (Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick)

Ryan Diviney is still in a coma three years after being nearly beaten to death while away at school in West Virginia. (Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick)

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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) - Three years ago, a promising student at West Virginia University had his life transformed when he was brutally beaten in Morgantown. Today, that same student remains in a coma as his parents face mounting medical bills.

The family of Ryan Diviney is holding a massive yard sale in Ashburn this weekend to raise money for their son’s growing medical costs, three years after he was nearly beaten to death in a parking lot while at school.

Then 20 years old, Diviney, 23,  was just another fresh-faced student attending WVU when he was savagely beaten and kicked in the head repeatedly by his attackers — leaving him in a three-year coma.

The bottom floor of the Diviney household looks more like a hospital room now than a basement, where Ryan’s father Ken tends to his son daily through a web of medical tubes.

The equipment keeping Ryan alive isn’t cheap.

“We don’t get the hospital rates,” Diviney said, explaining that each piece of medical equipment costs tens of thousands of dollars.

While it’s far less expensive with him home rather than occupying a hospital room, it isn’t easy on the heart being faced with a constant reminder that their son’s life has been altered forever.

“I don’t use the term ‘new normal,’” Diviney said. “I use new abnormal because this is the way it is.”

The Third Annual Ryan’s Rally takes place Saturday at the Village Center at Belmont Greene.  Ryan’s parents say they are grateful for the assistance they’ve receive so far.

For more information, click here and see below:

Third Annual Ryan’s Rally
Location: Village Center at Belmont Greene
Time/Date: Saturday, Sept. 29: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Address: 42920 Piccadilly Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147

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Credit: WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick

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