Monday, April 28, 2008

Friends, Family, Block "O" and Celebs

Update by Melissa Tucker - Hi All! What a great weekend! Ryan has been showing marked improvement in his strength and ability to walk . . . He took a number of steps on Friday, quite a few on Saturday, but really blew everyone away on Sunday when he walked all the way down his hallway and even walked into the ‘teen room’ to show off his growing strength to everyone there pulling for him.

The whole weekend was full of surprises and accomplishments. It was a couple of days off from treatments, but was packed with friends, family, and fun! In addition to all of the friends & family who have been surrounding him since he was admitted, a great family friend, Roland, was able to come up from Florida to spend the weekend, which was a real treat. Friday night, with the help of friends Ryan had a ‘block O’ shaved into the back of his head – which was a big hit! After getting some pictures and showing it off, he did end up whisking the rest of his hair off too; which made for a fun night. Saturday turned into quite a star-studded event when OSU’s head football coach, Jim Tressel, paid Ryan a personal visit. Coach showed off his Big Ten Championship ring, posed for pictures and signed a football for Ryan. . . even shared a text message with the group that he received from Vernon Gholston (just prior to his getting drafted in the 1st round to the NY Jets) . . . pretty cool, huh? Then, one of Sunday’s highlights included a visit from the CEI Softball Team, who was happy to honor their former bat-boy with a few team shirts, a signed softball, and an invitation to throw out the first pitch of the season next year. Additionally, Jennifer, a favorite nurse from Ryan’s pain management team (and an angel in human skin) spent a good portion of her birthday (and day off) with her newly “adopted” family . . . it’s impossible to express adequately how significant an impact her presence has made (on all involved) throughout this process . . . I think all of the excitement really energized Ryan and contributed directly to his accomplishment of walking as much as he did.

Brad called Susan earlier today to let her know that Ryan had a great night last night. This morning he wanted to walk. He was able to go from his room, down the hall through the doors, to the nurse’s station. He was thrilled. Brad said each day his legs seem to be stronger.

Please continue to keep all of the Salmons family in your prayers. He will need his family and friends to be strong and uplifted for him. Also, please pray for his Doctors, Nurses and various other caregivers at Children’s and The James as they work together to fight this right alongside Ryan.


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