Bryan Campbell, the son of Ducks running backs coach and his wife Alola died yesterday. He was 29.
Bryan had a rare neuromuscular disease called Werdig-Hoffman syndrome that paralyzed him from the neck down. When he was born, doctors said he wouldn't live a year.
Coach Campbell has been a mentor and father figure to UO tailbacks for 31 years. Three decades of players have met Bryan and been inspired by him and the love and devotion of his family.
The entire Oregon community offers support and condolences to the Campbells. We are sorry for their loss.
This is a shame, but also can only be looked at the way I am sure Coach Campbell and his family are looking at it - as a blessing (not the death, but the life he lived). From the articles I have read about Bryan and the way his family allowed him to live his life to the fullest after such a bleak prognosis when he was born, I know that the Campbells knew this day would come, and clearly thought it would be much sooner. Coach Campbell is an inspiration to his team and to all of us fans. I hope the players dedicate this season to Bryan and win the day for him.
Bryan will forever be an inspiration, an example of love, devotion, and the tenacity of life. My family will pray for the Campbell family, and for all those who have been touched by the grace of this young man and those who loved him most. Family first, and always.
@goducks58 Agree, GD. It's an inspirational story and Coach Campbell, his wife Alola and their three daughters are in our thoughts today.
@zduckfan Absolutely. The devotion and courage in the Campbell family's story, by Bryan, his parents and his sisters is amazing, inspiring.