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  • May 6, 2009 5:01pm

    Dear Ryans family,
            Your son has blessed so many people with his encouraging words and his wonderful spirit. My nephew Matt Mason had mentioned of his passing on Zac's Caring Bridge Journal. He had such a tender spirit to all the kids and their families. I will pray for your family to find peace and comfort as you celebrate his life. I am sure he has his angle wings and is smiling down on everyone now. God bless you.
    Alice Wilson
    Dickson TN

    Alice Wilson

  • May 4, 2009 1:38pm

    Dear Salmons family,

          I just read on Mason Woods' site that Ryan has departed for heaven.  I am so very sorry for your loss.  I will be praying for God's comfort during this most difficult of times.


  • Apr 22, 2009 9:08pm

    Hi-Ryan,  I haven't met you---but my nephew, Mike Maze and your Dad used to drive me "nuts" when I visited my sister, Carolyn in Galloway.  I have followed this page since Carolyn sent me a link a long while ago. (My daugter, Amy, just sent you an e-mail.)  You have been much in my prayers along with your Dad.  When we went through much with Amy - I told her all along that "life isn't fair".  I still believe that, but keep praying for healing and peace anyway.  I know God knows best and his miracles have been proven to me.  Amy had "bacterial meningitis-fulmanating" and was admitted with l hour to live.  She was your age.  We spent weeks with her in a coma, through numerous surgeries, skin grafts, lose of her legs, etc.  It has been a rough road.  I pray for your comfort, your peace, and pain free days for you.  I seem to have a link with you, so I pray often, and I know God still rules.
           I have followed your pictures and the Covette gathering, and it looked like a good time was had by all--including Michael. Please give my love to your Dad, and really-he wasn't a bad kid when he was young.
            I check Ryan's page each day to see how things are going.  I wish I could say a personal hello, but I don't live that close.  God bless you and your family  and fill your mind with many pleasant memories.  Love and prayers to you all,

    Sandra Dees
    Concord, N.C.

    Sandra Dees

  • Apr 21, 2009 12:30pm

    Hey Ryan!
    Hope today finds you revving up for the big playoff game. I  moved up from Nashville where I was always at Preds ( wait, don't boo me yet!) games and have come to "adopt" the Jackets now. You know, when in Rome they say.
    I actually haven't met you, but your father and my cousin Mike used to shut me in the basement alot when we were young. HAHA. Actually it was a boys only retreat and younger and quite annoying cousins were discouraged from playing pool with them. Go figure. I did try to follow them around alot when I was up for vacations and holidays. :)
    I just wanted to let you know from personal experience which I hope brings you a little comfort not provided by lovely pain meds ( and is not meant to offend or put you off in ANY way) - that there is a life after this one. I promise you!  And someday, somehow, we will all be together again.  I'm looking forward to having my family and friends reunited on the other side where we won't be separated again, won't be in pain, won't have sadness - and know it will happen as sure as I am sitting at my desk trying not to get my work done! I have walked that fine line - and I can promise you that. I can remember the times they brought me back to this side of things - and the things I saw and heard in those moments in between were really amazing. I don't share that with many people, and here I felt like I had to blog it to you!  So if possible, keep being brave and have no fear. And in the next life we will all be well!  I myself, look forward to that one as I have had my own set of circumstances - set in motion when I was 20. Ask your Dad, he will probably be able to fill you in. I have been keeping up with your journey and pray daily for you. I heard all about the Vette ride too. You have inspired so many people - and know that you are surrounded by friends, family and even people who you don't know their faces but they love you still the same. And are pulling for you. If you are at the game, hope you don't get jumpy like I do when the cannon goes off - which it had BETTER do several times tonight!
    Thinking of you and hoping you are having a fabulous day and that we have a JACKETS win to celebrate tomorrow. :)

    Amy Collins

  • Mar 29, 2009 6:34pm

    I saw your ESPN interview with the Blue Jackets. It was awesome! I am Matthew Barr's great aunt, and was told about your caringbridge website.  Matthew is also a cancer patient who just finished 30 days of radiation; he is 3 1/2 years old. You are an inspiration to young people and I am sorry about your health problems. May God bless and keep you and your family close and please remember there are many who are praying for your full recovery, so you can continue to play hockey (and watch Nascar, too). My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Vicky Flesch 

    Vicky Flesch
    Lewis Center, OH

  • Mar 26, 2009 7:30am

    Hi Ryan,
    You don't know me or my family; we're just linked by being fans of the Blue Jackets. I just read Tom Reed's article in the Dispatch - I admire your strength and courage. Congrats on your contract, keep fighting, and enjoy the game tonight. You are in our prayers. And - Go Jackets!

    The Ben Minister Family
    Columbus, OH

  • Mar 20, 2009 10:22am


    Patrick and I love you very much and we continue to pray for you and your family. I am sorry that we have not been in to visit you but you have been on our minds and in our prayers. You are a remarkable person and a gift from God. God Bless you!

    Charita Cooper

  • Mar 19, 2009 8:55am

    Hi Ryan!
    I hope you feel better[=

    good luck and god bless you and your family!

    Taylor Bracale

  • Mar 18, 2009 3:46pm


    I do beleive the last time we have communicated was at Marshalls. I want you to realize that you have touched many people that you don't even know. Me, my family, and my friends will continue to have you in our prayers and are thinking of you. The bracelet I have recieved from last years golf outting with you reminds me of how terrible my golf game is, LOL! It also reminds me of how strong and brave you are, and how that inspires others.

    Fight the good fight!


    Suresh Rachuri

  • Mar 18, 2009 3:22pm

    Hi Ryan-I just want to say hello. I haven't seen you for a while, but you have been in my thoughts. I hope we get to play the Xbox together some day soon! My love to you and your family.


    Neil Gregory
    Canal Winchester, OH

  • Mar 5, 2009 8:45am

    Hi Ryan and Brad,

    I heard both of you on WCOL this morning. You did a great job, Ryan. I can just imagine how Woody's hair (or lack there of) looked.

    Brad you sound the same as you do in person. Great job guys!

    Ryan please know that my thoughts and prayers are for you and for your family .

    What a wonderful young man you are.

    Thoughts and prayers!

    Debbie Yokum

  • Jan 20, 2009 11:13am

    Hi Ryan,

    We have never met, but I am Trey Martens cousin. I wanted to meet you after the service but there were so many people there that I didn't get a chance. I want to say thank you for being there for Trey. And I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family each and every day. FROG!

    Wendy Hopke
    Amanda, OH

  • Jun 18, 2008 10:20am

    Hi Ryan: You probably don't remember me, but I use to be a co-host with your dad and Susan (I'm Brian's ex) for the OSU tailgates every football season. I just recently found out about your illness and I wanted to say Hello, wish you the best, and let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have a medical background and I know that the care you are receiving at Children's Hospital is the best in the world.


    Diane Best
    Columbus, OH

  • Jun 18, 2008 8:27am

    In honor of Ryan Salmons

    Diane Best

  • Jun 5, 2008 7:01am

    Ryan: The Red Wings "wrapped up" The Stanley Cup last night. I take back every bad thing I ever said about them (Ha, Ha!).



    rob spicer

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