Happy birthday to my incredibly strong and amazing big brother.
You were attacked when you were 20 and today is your 25th birthday. Your will to live inspires me and so many others every single day. It’s unfair you can’t celebrate and party for your birthday (because we all know you would probably be beer-bonging right now.. or yelling at me for being bad luck for the Redskins).
Funny how those are the things I miss the most.
I feel selfish admitting that it’s days like these — like your birthday — when I’m the sad one, because I wish we could be bonding together and creating memories. I look up to you so much and was so happy when you told me you wanted me to go to WVU with you. We were finally growing up and just getting closer than ever before you were brutally beaten [by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May, both from Newark, Delaware]. Not only have you missed out on so much these past five years, but so have I. I’ve missed out on the brother and sister bond. I’ve missed getting to go to school with you. I’ve missed celebrating holidays with you. I’ve missed your advice. And your laugh. And your sense of humor. And having a sibling there for me when times get tough.
I miss everything about you Ryan..
And even though I am so happy to say you’ve made it to your 25 birthday, it still rips me apart every single day that this happened to you. But, I promise you, I will never leave your side. I love you so much and will try to make this day as special for you as possible. Happy birthday Ryan… Me, mom and dad, and so many others love you so much and can’t wait for the day we see that squinty-eyed smile again.