By JACQUI L. HERSHBERGER
A week after a 2022 Dalton graduate was hospitalized for his injuries from a head-on collision while riding his motorcycle, Bradie Ramella’s aunt Janna Bowers ended a post with two words on a website where loved ones had been closely watching for daily updates on his condition.
Those two words were written in bold followed by three exclamation points and three hearts: “Bradie’s back.”
Ramella, who was on Dalton’s cross country team and was voted as having the Most School Spirit, was riding his motorcycle Sept. 10 when a pickup truck crossed left of center into his lane and struck him head-on. He was wearing a helmet. He was transported to an area hospital and surgical teams got to work. Family and friends got to praying.
A CaringBridge site has been set up for Ramella at www.caringbridge.org/visit/bradieramella/journal where visitors can read updates, write “Well Wishes” to Bradie, and share comments and photos of favorite times spent with him.
“When the day slows down and we have quiet time together, I love to read your comments to Bradie. As we are able, we will share these with him,” wrote his mother, LaVonne (Steiner) Ramella.
Isaac Himes, a Dalton senior who ran cross country with Ramella last year wrote, “Hey man I have been praying for you like you wouldn’t believe. We had a whole group get together before school to pray for you, and you best believe there are SO many people who care about you and support you. This is hard, but if anyone can get through this it’s you. You are one of the toughest guys I know….keep fighting. God has a plan for you.”
Ramella has a long road ahead of him with many emotional, mental, and physical challenges. Another aunt, Becky Steiner, wrote on the site about Ramella’s parents, “Vince and LaVonne both share that the peace and comfort they have at this juncture is amazing to them and are so appreciative of the prayers and support that have been lifted on behalf of Bradie, the family, and the staff. God is answering those prayers!!”
Janna Bowers wrote, “Thank you so much for your continued thoughts and prayers… we can’t begin to express how much the family appreciates them all!”
Donating money as a “tribute” on the CaringBridge site goes to support the website that helps to share news about loved ones, but it does not go to the Ramella family. Information for anyone wishing to make donations to the family will be forthcoming on the site.