Yesterday’s news of Ryan’s acceptance into the IBRF protocol is certainly the best we’ve heard in some time. While we appreciate and can surely claim some of the credit for making this possible, the simple truth is it would never have happened without the outpouring of support.
Obviously, all the fundraisers and financial donations allowed us to move forward. Without this, Ryan is ready without means. We put the $25,000 installment on our credit card and will float this for thirty days or so. Then we’ll tap into the funds provided by all of you to pay it off.
Beyond the money, the community has provided for us in ways that allowed us to remain entirely focused on Ryan’s recovery. The meals cooked for us have given untold hours that we, in turn, spent working with Ryan. I wish I could list and remember all the kind acts. What I will never forget is how it freed us up to do our best for Ryan.
Last night we watched the State of the Union with Ryan. Ryan loved watching and critiquing most political speeches, but the State of the Union was probably his favorite. Anyhow, the President was talking about how people make a difference. Think big and help your fellow-man, was his underlying message. Although he was talking about small business, I immediately thought of the support system that envelopes Ryan. I was touched so deeply in that moment. I think of all of you often. I thank you for loving my son.