I’d like to bring you all up-to-date on what’s going on with Ryan and my family. I know, it’s been too long since I did. Honestly, I am struggling – and have been for months now – to find my center. That 5-year anniversary of Ryan’s brutal beating (November 7) completely devastated me. I just […]
It’s Going to Hurt
The anniversary of Ryan’s brutal beating is just days away. Three days, to be exact. The week leading up to this is the worst… except for the actual day, November 7th. The day that everything changed forever. The day Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May (both of Newark, Delaware) reigned despair on my son and family […]
Go to Hell. Go Directly to Hell.
I hate the first week of November. Hate it! I guess I always have too, because now there is no fantasy that any remnant of summer is still in the air. Those eighty-degree days are long gone, at least in my neck of the woods. Taking the dogs out in the morning requires a jacket […]
Ryan’s eyes are sewn mostly shut (known as a partial tarsorrhaphy). He has just a small opening on each, on the nasal side. This is necessary to protected what eyesight he might have left. The problem is, Ryan doesn’t shut his eyes naturally and isn’t efficient at blinking. The result is his eyes, without the […]
Guest Post: Running for Ryan? Running BECAUSE of Ryan!
by Joe Maletta Joe Maletta is the younger brother of my old college roommate, John. I hijacked (i.e., cut and pasted) his website’s article and posted here. What’s really awesome about his post is there is no way he ever would have thought I would see it. It was intended for his family and tight-knit […]