Founded by mother Gloria Ryals for mental health services.
Robert Ryals was an ambitious young man. While attending Walkersville High School, Robert enjoyed the outdoors, plants and animals. He dreamed of one day pursuing a career in landscaping. He was very motivated, and strove for independence, in spite of his battle with schizophrenia. He worked many different jobs in fast food and family restaurants as well as in a clothing store in order to be financially independent. Unfortunately, Robert succumbed to the disease and died young. To keep Robert’s memory alive, family members, led by his mother Gloria, established The Robert Ryals Memorial Endowment Fund. Given Robert’s own struggle with a mental disorder, the fund that bears his name supports mental health services for others.