Fundraiser to Benefit Pizza Deliveryman Who Was Attacked

“Two South Jersey pizza shops are working to raise money for an 18-year-old delivery driver who was badly beaten in a robbery. Pizza Hut restaurants in Magnolia, NJ,  and Deptford, NJ, will be donating 20 percent of all proceeds from 5 p.m. to close on Wednesday to 18-year-old Ryan Gaw. Gaw, a Sicklerville resident who was working at the Magnolia location to help pay his way through college, was beaten on Jan. 8 while delivering pizzas to a Lawnside home. Authorities said the home was vacant and the call was a set-up by two Somerdale 17-year-olds, who attacked Gaw with a baseball bat and took between $80 and $150 from his pockets. Both teens have been charged in the attack.”

“David Gaw said Monday his son suffered fractures to his skull, jaw, cheekbone and eye socket. Hospitalized for eight days, the teen is now undergoing therapy but continues to suffer hearing damage and diminished memory. An earlier paralysis of the teen’s arm and hand has begun to improve. David Gaw said his son was midway through his freshman year at Camden County College. Along with attending classes full time, he worked five or six days a week at Pizza Hut.”

“While his son has made improvements, David Gaw noted some dreams are probably now out of the question. Ryan Gaw, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall, grew up playing basketball in several leagues, including a Gloucester Township youth league his father helped run. He was accepted to join Camden County College’s basketball team shortly before the assault occurred. ‘That’s down the drain,’ David Gaw said of his son’s plan of joining the college team. All money raised through the Pizza Hut fundraiser will help pay for Ryan’s future education, his father said.”