On February 19, 2009, his 16th birthday, the angels came and guided Ryan home. Ryan lived life to the fullest and you are invited to read the journal, write in the guestbook and view the photos.
Our life as a family is divided into 2 stories: before cancer entered our lives and after. On July 4, 1999 we were an average family watching the fireworks on the Mall by the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. We had no idea how much our world would change in just a few short days. On July 9th, 1999 Ryan had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor, and our lives would never be the same.
Since that time, we have moved from DC to Madison, WI and Ryan has had 3 more tumors removed. He has gone through 6 weeks of radiation (twice), 18 months of one type of experimental treatment and 6 months of another. And through it all, he has been the strongest person we have ever known.
Today, our story continues. On July 28th, 2008, Ryan was told that his cancer has returned again (for the 4th time.) He continues to be strong as we wait to hear what comes next.
It's hard to imagine that it was two years ago today that Ryan passed away. Today would have also been Ryan's 18th birthday. We are so thankful for the love and support that all you provided for Ryan throughout his life and 10-year battle against cancer. We're convinced that because of people like you, this gave Ryan the courage and encouragement to "Fight On" just like his beloved USC Trojans.
As a memory of Ryan, today we've posted the special music video titled "Ryan's Theme" on this site. The music was written by Ryan's composer friend in Hollywood, Christopher Lennertz, and the video of Ryan's life on earth and welcome into heaven was produced by Bill Anciaux. Special thanks to you both.