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Holidays with the Duffy Family

Happy Holidays from the Duffy family

We wanted to make sure we said hello to everyone and wish all our friends a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!  We have posted two new pictures and are having a really fun season.

Over the weekend we had a Christmas party at our home and had about 40 family and friends over to celebrate the holidays.  The weather was very warm, so the air conditioner was on and the party was in the house and outside. 

Ryan was in good spirits and got to see many of his Cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents.  Diesel and Bully probably had the most fun as everyone was giving them treats and playing with them.

We are blessed to have so many friends and family and want to wish all of you the happiest of holiday seasons.  The weather was great, the food was awesome, and we couldn’t have asked for a better time.

Ryan is doing fine. He had a good year as far as health goes and he seems to be about as stable as we could ask for.  He was out on the boat again recently and is looking forward to traveling a few times again next year.  We are going to try to keep him very busy and still are working towards a trip to Starkville.  Maybe this will be the year!

The picture above is of Cathy, Nick, Bully and me.  Diesel is below smiling! Ryan was taking a nap! There is also a picture of Ryan with his cousing Amber.  Amber came up to visit and brought her beautiful 2 month old baby Ainsley. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Kevin, Cathy, Ryan, Nick, Bully, and Diesel dog 

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Betty Gray
By Betty Gray
Does anyone have new info on Ryan and his family ? Hope all are doing good.
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Katherine Pratt
By Katherine Pratt
I do not personally know Ryan, but I worked for Laura Gregory at the time of the accident. She told me what a great guy, friend, son and athlete he is. I was so touched by Ryan's misfortune. The truth is it could have been any one of our kids. Laura brought me a "Do It For Duffy" wristband because she knew I had a special place in my heart for him. She told me that Ryan was handling the devastating life change with so much courage, always concerned about his friends feeling awkward when they see him. What I wanted Ryan to know is that I have worn the Duffy wristband every single day since I got it. It gives me the desire to be a stronger person, to be grateful and have hope in the face of some really tough times. Every morning I say a prayer for Ryan. I thought he might want to know that he has influenced the lives of people he doesn't even know. To my family he is the true definition of a hero. It says a lot for the parents and village that raised him. Bless you all!