by Paul Rapsawich
Sometimes in life it takes a tragedy to make us appreciate what we have. I first read about Ryan through a link a friend posted about signing the petition in support of denying parole for one of the cretins, violent felon Austin Vantrease, that did this to Ryan and his family. As I continued reading I could feel my heart breaking with each and every word. To be honest, I never could finish the original article. I had to stop because it was just too sad, too surreal to continue.
When I found the Ryan’s Facebook page I had to “Like’ it — not to be socially or politically correct — but to lend any and all support I could to this amazing young man and his family. From this page I’ve read the blog. I’ve watched the videos on Youtube…when Ryan was giving kisses I cried. When he had on his “game face” at the mention of his Redskins playing my Cowboys I had to laugh; you could tell he was a fierce competitor and loved his ‘Skins.
I try to stop by each morning and evening to say “Hi” to Ryan and leave some motivational saying for him. We all want Ryan to fight. We all want Ryan to come back to his family and friends and this community of supporters who pray and wish and hope that he gets well.
I read the article Ryan, I know What You’re Thinking, about Ken reluctantly going through Ryan’s computer — how he was a good kid — and it made me angry, to be honest. To have Ryan’s life interrupted by such a heartless and stupid act. To rob the world of such a fine young man when the scum that did this to him are still breathing. The anger was there for a few days. But anger isn’t what Ryan needs. It’s prayers and hope and love. That’s why we’re all here.
I have a three year-old son and I hope that he never has to go through anything like this. I would hope that no family EVER has to go through what the Divineys have had to endure. Their strength has been inspiring. Their faith limitless. If we could help shoulder the burden we would. If we could take away even the smallest amount of heartbreak we would. By letting us “Like” this page you’ve let us share in the sadness of what has happened. Hopefully we’ll all be able to share in the joy when Ryan is back. Thanks for letting us be a part of Ryan’s Rally.
WE GOT THIS!