Stamford football coach extra thankful to bounce back from rare, paralyzing disorder

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The defensive coordinator of the Stamford Bulldogs has a lot more to be thankful for this year.

Coach John Ward suffered from an onset episode of Guillain-Barré syndrome during the summer, which paralyzed him leaving only his fingers and toes wiggling after he collapsed in his home in front of his wife and daughter.

The syndrome attacks the protective coating to nerves and stops the messaging of signals to the body.

After being treated for the syndrome, he was flooded with support from the Stamford community.

"I'd wake up in that ICU, I was there eleven days. There were people praying on me all the time. It was amazing," said Ward.

Offensive lineman Christian Cardenas was one of the players who visited Ward in the hospital.

"I figured I should be there to help him out because he loves us at the end of the day. I wanted to bring something from home, instead of him being sad out there," said Cardenas.

Now, Ward is back on his feet and game-planning for playoff football in the week of thanksgiving.

"I am thankful to be upright and be here for my family: my wife, my daughters, and my granddaughter," said Ward.

The Stamford Bulldogs play New Deal at Snyder's Tiger Stadium on Friday at 1 p.m.

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