Zortman
Zortman

When 25-year-old Ryan Zortman went to York Hospital for body pains at the beginning of June, he didn't know what was in store for him.

After several costly scans, tests and weeks of professional care, the West York Area High School alumnus still doesn't know -- there is no diagnosis for his pain.

At first, doctors at York Hospital believed he had Wegener's disease, characterized by inflamed blood vessels and low blood flow.

But after he was treated, he had an unfavorable reaction to treatment and was transferred to Johns Hopkins, which sedated him and put him on a ventilator to help his breathing.

The father of three daughters -- two 6-year-old twins and a 15-month-old -- is now resting at home, said friend Rob Einsig.

"He signed out to come home," he said. "And now he's just kind of in bed, on medications and doesn't really know what's happening."

But Zortman, who rides motorcycles, is surrounded by support and prayer. On Sunday, a motorcycle ride organized by Einsig and other bikers will set out to show Zortman that support.

Riding for Ryan: The ride is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will travel from William Penn Senior High School's football field parking lot to Zortman's house in Central York School District, Einsig said.

As soon as he heard about his friend's illness, Einsig arranged the event with other friends who ride with Zortman. A website in his honor allows friends and family to donate whatever they can. It has raised $4,640 in 13 days.

"He's the type of guy that'll do everything in his power for you and request nothing back," Einsig said. "It blows my mind, because no matter what he does, he never asks for anything in return."

Although Zortman is doing better, he's still very sick, Einsig said, but he recognizes all the support efforts.

"He's very out of it, but he just can't believe how big his support is," Einsig said. "Everybody's coming together for him."

And it's important to help families who are struggling with illness, said Sherry Einsig, Rob's mom and Zortman's family friend.

"We need and want so badly for this to be a success for Ryan and his girls," she said.

After all, she said, friends need to help each other out.

"We all have to stick together," she said. "Not too many people do that anymore."

Both cars and motorcycles are welcome to Sunday's ride, which is $10 per person to participate. Friends and family will also sell bracelets for $10, T-shirts for $15 and a set of each for $20 in Zortman's honor. All proceeds will go to Zortman and his family. To donate online, visit www.gofundme.com/HelpTheZortmans.

-- Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdis patch.com.