Family of injured WSU basketball player Ryan Custer speak publicly

November 25,2016: The NCAA Basketball game between the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

CINCINNATI (WDTN) – Family members of injured Wright State University basketball player Ryan Custer came together Wednesday for a special prayer vigil at Our Lady of Victory Church in Cincinnati, where the family spoke publicly for the first time since Ryan’s accident

“Ryan wanted to tell everyone that he is so grateful for the thoughts and prayers,” Custer’s brother Nick Custer said. “He loves you all.”

The Custer Family stood united Wednesday outside the church, where loved ones hugged and prayed for a safe and health recovery.

“We are truly overwhelmed as we did not realize the impact Ryan has made in our community,” Custer said. “We ask that you continue to pray for Ryan for a full recovery.”

READ MORE: WSU basketball player in critical condition after diving into shallow pool

Custer remains at University of Cincinnati Medical Center on a ventilator after severely injuring his back. Police say he dove into a makeshift pool Saturday afternoon near the Miami University campus. Medics found him face down in 6 to 10 inches of water.

Wednesday morning, Custer had an operation to help him breathe better. The family says they’re able to communicate with him by reading his lips.

“On behalf of our family we are very thankful and blessed by the outpouring of love we have received,” Custer said. “We appreciate the prayers, support and heart felt concerns shown to us over the past few days.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with medical expenses. As of late Wednesday night, it’s raised more than $53,000. If you would like to donate, click here.

“Our family is incredibly overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of love and support for Ryan,” the family said in a statement released Wednesday. “The power of prayer continues to be an amazing thing during this difficult time. Ryan is so thankful for tonight’s prayer service. It is truly a blessing to have so much support from our community.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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