After a diagnosis of testicular cancer in 2012, Ryder Buck and his Mom, Shelley, used CaringBridge to keep family and friends updated on Ryder’s health, and on his band, Ryder Buck & the Breakers, which was beginning to gain notice across the LA area.
After 9 months of treatment, Ryder had emerged cancer-free and was fearlessly following his dreams of changing people’s lives through his music. When tragedy met him on a dark highway in 2013—Ryder was struck by two vehicles as he walked to get help when his car broke down—the light he had so fiercely protected throughout his life became limitless.
Ryder’s CaringBridge Journal and his songs, including Leave Your Light On, inspired Shelley and her lifelong friend, Kathy Curtis, to share the uplifting and powerful story of a young man determined to accept his own quirks and flaws with humor.
Shelley said she hopes Leave Your Light On will inspire others to live their dreams and that it will also serve as a guide for shining your own light, no matter what life or death throws your way.