The Story of Derrick Redcay

Derrick fighting fires
Derrick fighting a fire, April 2014
Derrick, April 2015


On April 24, 2014 life changed for the Redcay family.  18 year-old Muhlenberg High School senior Derrick Redcay.  He suffered a rare stroke to his spinal cord. The stroke severed his spinal cord nerves at the C4-C6 area.  As a result, Derrick currently has no sensations or movement below his neck.

Derrick was a member of the high school varsity baseball team, the Alsace Lutheran Church Youth Group, and was a member of the National Technical Honor Society, earned by maintaining a 3.5 GPA since the 9th grade. Derrick was also a volunteer firefighter with the Goodwill Fire Company, helping out at a 5-alarm blaze in the township less than 24 hours before he was stricken. Derrick has been accepted to the University of New Haven to study Fire Science.

The Derrick Redcay Special Needs Trust has been set up to assist with the ongoing expenses related to the support and care of Derrick and his family.

Derrick’s father, Brian, is a graduate of Muhlenberg High School and works for Muhlenberg Township.  Derrick’s mother, Deb, is a graduate of Southern Lehigh High School and works as a kindergarten teacher in the Reading School District. Derrick has a younger brother, Daniel, who is an 12th grader at Muhlenberg High School.

The Redcay family needs our prayers and support.  Any donation for this wonderful family would go a long way towards helping them cope with this tragedy.

Thank you for your continued support and please remain REDCAY STRONG!

The Redcay Family & Committee

Important Announcement

The Redcay family is deeply touched by the outpouring of support for Derrick and his family. They appreciate all that you are doing to contribute to Derrick’s medical and long-term needs!

In order to protect the communities efforts, and the family from scams or false fundraisers, a “Redcay Strong” committee has been created. This committee is comprised of specific officials from the Berks County Community including:

  • The Goodwill Fire Department
  • Alsace Lutheran Church
  • The Temple Fire Department
  • The Central Fire Department
  • The Muhlenberg Police Department
  • The Muhlenberg School District
  • The Reading School District
  • and other interested parties

This committee was selected from willing members of the community and endorsed by the Redcay family. The committee created guidelines which will be used for events that are designed to help the Redcay Strong efforts in the best way possible. Failure to follow these procedures could impede future fundraising efforts, which are necessary to fund Derrick’s recovery.

The committee treasurer, along with the Fire Company and Church officials are responsible for collecting any donations and ensuring they are turned into the Redcay Strong Fund. All fundraising efforts, or the use of the Redcay Strong logos and trademarks require prior authorization from the committee.

Please contact the committee with ideas and to coordinate your efforts in supporting the Redcay Strong Fund:

Again, the Redcay family sincerely appreciates all that is being done to support Derrick as he begins his journey to recovery; and the Redcay Strong Committee thanks you as well!


The Redcay Strong Committee

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