Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ryan and the First Columbus Playoff game

Ryan with Detroit Red wings coach Mike Babcock.
Ryan with CBJ Foundation Director Wendy Bradshaw.

Ryan enjoying his "Bonus" from his NHL Contract.


Ryan attained another milestone. He attended the first playoff game in The Columbus Blue Jackets franchise history. It was another Red Wings victory, but it was still Columbus first home appearance in the playoffs, and Ryan was there.

Ryan had some issues with pain before the game and had to lay down and rest. We will be investigating the issue with the doctors today. Ryan did do an interview on Monday with nhl.com. Below is the link to the story:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=419355&navid=DLNHLHome

Thanks again for all of the prayers and support for Ryan. Please remember the other kids battling this dreaded disease.
-Brad


Please note: The Blue Jacket foundation is very happy to get Ryan's Jersey's created for anyone who wants one. It is a great way to support Ryan and a local charity that supports families like ours. However, due to the time of year, the playoffs, etc., white jersey's can be turned around in a matter of days. The Blue Jersey's are in very limited quantities and will take 3 to 5 weeks to fill. They are doing everything possible to support us and Ryan, but unfortunately, we can not make exceptions to this situation. Thanks to all for understanding.


13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard George Strait's song Love Without End Amen on the radio on the way to work I thought of you Brad & Ryan.....Ryan-when I see your Dad watch over you there is no denying his love for you....

"I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye
Fighting was against the rules and it didnt matter why
When Dad got home I told that story just like Id rehearsed
Then stood there on those trembling knees and waited for the worst

And he said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
He said daddies dont just love their children every now and then
Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen

When I became a father in the spring of 81
There was no doubt that stubborn boy was just like my fathers son
And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end
I took my daddys secret and I passed it on to him

And I said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
I said daddies dont just love their children every now and then
Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen

Last night I dreamed Id died and stood outside those pearly gates
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake
If they know half the stuff I done theyll never let me in
Then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again

And they said, Let me tell you a secret, about a fathers love
A secret that my daddy said was just between us
You see daddies dont just love their children every now and then
Its a love without end, amen, its a love without end, amen"

Anonymous said...

Ryan,
Your daily struggles are a constant reminder of just how precious life is and that we should all follow your lead and live life to the fullest. What's most important are the special memories created with friends and loved ones. It seems as though you are having no trouble with that! You continually amaze me with your positive attitude and courage to fight! You have been such an inspiration to everyone and I couldn't be more proud of you.
I know that you will continue your fight and keep reminding us all what a special guy you are!
Best wishes for you always!
Amy Cook( and the rest of the Cook family)

Anonymous said...

Wow - great pictures! Love that smile on your face. You are an inspiration to many!

George, Mechelle & Tyler Kern

Anonymous said...

Ryan,

Sorry the Blue Jackets lost last night. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.

Candy, Scott, Colin, Tabatha, and Logan

Tony said...

Bummer about the BJ going down 0-3 to the RedWings. But the smile on Ryans face being able to experience the first ever playoff game is priceless!
Thinking and praying for Ryan and family always!!
Mr. O.

Anonymous said...

You are awesome.

Anonymous said...

greetings from athens, greece. hang tough.

Anonymous said...

Ryan,

To say you are inspiration to many people is understatement. You have enspired people all around the world. As I read your blog daily and read your comments, I'm amazed at the support you are receiving from people in Canada, England, and even someone in Athens, Greece. It is truly phenomenal to see the amount of lives you have touched. I am so honored to have known you. Not too long ago, I did a good search on your name because I was trying to find out about the pancake breakfast, and did you know there are 83,000 hits to your name? It is amazing to think how much you have inspired people.

Keep strong and keep cheering for those Blue Jackets! I'll be at the playoff game tomorrow cheering them on in your honor!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ryan:

We're glad you had fun last night! The NHL article was inspirational and a nice tribute to you and your Dad and Susan.

Thinking of you -

Love,
Dale & Cathy

Anonymous said...

TEAM Salmons!

I am sooo glad you were able to get to the game...sorry about the loss to those WINGS!! I am a huge Jacket fan so I'm Praying they pull out a win tonight to stay in the Palyoffs and moreover so you can see them advance! I know how you love your jackets! By the way I just talked to Kate and ordered shirts! My husband and I would love to have a shirt with your name on it! awesome!

As always praying for you and if there is anything I can do for you don't hesitate to call I'm pretty close to you. I posted my numbers the last time so you can look them up!

Stay strong and LET's Go Jackets!

Tina Korpieski
tkorpies@insight.rr.com
tina@colesfoundation.com
Lewis Center Ohio

Anonymous said...

Ryan & Family - You guys are awesome! Every day someone (friends, neighbors, family & even strangers) ask about you and praise you for your strength and inspiration.

We love you and pray for you.

Uncle Larry & Aunt Janet Burns

Anonymous said...

Ryan - I just wanted to let you know that your strength and courgage over the past 12 months and especially the few weeks is nothing short of amazing. You are an inspiration to people you may not even know - we all thank God for every day you have as we know you are using it to the fullest.
The Herring Family

Anonymous said...

Sending love and prayers from Washington, DC. You truly are an inspiration!