First and foremost, thank you! Our sincerest appreciation goes out to the group of ladies who made this happen and all the volunteers that came in support. The outpouring of love has touched us deeply. It has given a renewed sense of purpose and determination. And to think, this all was conceived by Jane Hofman simply wanting to hold a yard sale on her own and send the money she made to Ryan.
Peter Walsh and Ken Greenblatt, thank you for lending your name and tireless effort to Ryan’s cause. It helped so much. It was unselfish and caring. The two of you will always have a special place in my family’s hearts, and the hearts of many in the Washington, D.C. area.
For all who attended, donated, and bought from the yard sale, well, you were the keystone to the day’s success. You spent your hard-earned money to help my son. I can only hope you also found items that will help make your life a little more enjoyable.
A community effort has provided us with the means to write that check that will forward Ryan’s treatment for even longer. Is there anywhere better than Ashburn, VA in the world? Sure, there are towns that probably equal it (like Morgantown, WV)… but none better!
It’s safe to say that nobody can really give a reliable estimate of how many people attended. All I can tell you is that thousands participated. The event was mostly packed throughout the day. A steady stream of people from 8:00 AM.
What was amazing is that I kept hearing it was so much more than a yard sale. It was a social event. People didn’t want to leave. Peter Walsh was a whirlwind of entertainment, keeping the crowd engaged ALL day. He really put his heart into this. Peter even went so far as to put on a prom dress in lieu of donations. Personally, I think he was just reliving his high school fantasy. Peter… at least stick in a couple of rice bags to simulate cleavage.
Unsold Items go to Needy
What remained unsold at the end of the day was packed-up and delivered to various organizations on behalf of the needy. I heard about shoes being sent internationally and clothes going to abused women and children, just to name a couple. What a wonderful feeling knowing these are delivered in Ryan’s name!