Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ryan Michael Salmons, May 1, 2009



RYAN LEFT HIS MARK!


Ryan Michael Salmons, age 19, passed away and earned his angel wings on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Over the past year, Ryan has fought with perseverance and grace. Many times when he could have been bitter and angry, Ryan carried himself with class and dignity. Ryan was the epitome of courage and strength.

People live various number of years. Some live to be a hundred, some in their 50's and 60's. I truly believe that only the good die young. My son Ryan was GREAT! Over the past year he has touch thousands of lives, many people he never met or knew. We would talk about making a difference and it is not the quantity of time but want you do with the time you have. Ryan could not understand why peoples lives changed because of him. He just continued to fight his battle. I tried to help him understand it is not the fight, but how you are fighting the fight. He just told me that he may never understand why people admire him.

Throughout the journey, Ryan continued to want to do for others. Ryan tried to help parents on J5 when their kids could not verbalize what the drugs did to them. He became friends with younger patients and treated them family. Even when the Blue Jackets signed him to a contract, he turned it into how he could help push the team to the playoffs. It was not about him. That was Ryan's spirit. That is who he was.


I am proud to be his father, friend, and have been blessed by having him in my life. Ryan, I love you with all my heart and look forward to seeing you again one day in heaven.

Once funeral arrangements have been completed, I will post the information on his blog.
-Brad



137 comments:

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and his family. Even though I didn't know him personally, I do know people that did, and the love Ryan showed will always touch my heart. I thank him for being so sweet to someone very special to me. Please know that he touched many hearts, and Heaven will be a happier place today!! God has raised him up on Eagles Wings, and holds him in the palm of His hand!! God Bless his family and friends. God Bless Ryan.

Lori said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a loss like none other. I pray for your peace and comfort.

Lori Brown

Anonymous said...

We'll miss you buddy.

Brad and Susan take care you have a lot of people who love you.

Cindy and Erich Ackley

Fran said...

Brad & Susan.....
Ryan was one of a kind....a very special young man. He has left a mark few of us can match! I owe him so much.....

Momma Fran

Anonymous said...

Godspeed Ryan! Enjoy your 'ride' to Heaven. We will NEVER forget you!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ryan will be missed by so many. His courage and poise was amazing and something everyone could learn from. May G-d watch over your family and give them the strength to make it through this difficult time. G-d Bless Ryan and the entire Salmons family.

AMW

Anonymous said...

Brad, Susan and Family - Ryan was one of a kind. A true inspiration to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He has helped all of us become better people. He will be missed and never forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
George, Mechelle and Tyler Kern

Anonymous said...

R.I.P Ryan -3- You were such a brave young man. We were blessed to have met you at the last playoff game. You will never be forgotten.

Brad & Susan- sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Michael, NYC said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear about your loss. I did not known Ryan personally but I had read his story regarding the Blue Jackets players and organization. It seems as though he was a positive role model and touched many lives in the process. May peace be with you in this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

What a brave and handsome young man Ryan was. I never met any of you but from your blogs, have come to think so much of Ryan and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace.

dromick said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of Ryan. The prayers won't stop...I've been praying for God's comfort and peace for your family. Ryan will be missed!

Anonymous said...

I continue to be amazed at how strong Ryan and your family is. I feel so much pain for you and can't imagine anything worse than the loss of your child. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that Ryan is at peace and pain free and that you have an amazing support system. Sending prayers yor way.

Kellee

Anonymous said...

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, but so grateful you had your son and shared him with us. Ryan was, and will continue to be, an inspiration to everyone. My prayers are with your family as you continue Ryan's wishes.

Blessings,
Caroline

Anonymous said...

I never knew him... But I will be keeping him and his family in my prayers. Doug

Anonymous said...

Brad & Susan, My prayers will continue, for you and all the rest of your family, for peace, comfort & love in God's precious name.
I have been blesssed by Ryan and
all his family during these past few months. Love, Bonnie Merz

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Ryan. I found this website as it was posted on the Ozone Off Topic forum. I've been following it now for a few months as have a lot of people from that website. My prayers go out to the Salmons family and I think that from what I've ready that Ryan is one of the most courageous and strong young men I've ever read about. Welcome Home Ryan.

Megan Compton said...

Ryan, you are such an inspiration to so many people & I'm so glad I got a chance to meet you. Watch over us from up above.

God bless you and your family and friends ♥

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family! Ryan was such a special kid and has touched our lives in so many ways. It was an honor and a privledge to know him. He fought a long fight and lived the best way he could, with passion. I know God is taking good care of him, we all gained a guardian angel today.
God Bless.

Nikki B

belieber said...

I know God is taking care of Ryan and rewaring him for his courage and strength and how he was a light to other people. We love you Ry and we all miss you so much.

Bethany L.

Mandy said...

God bless you Salmons family. Our sincerest sympathies are with you.

Amanda Wiles & Jeff Federer

Chef Ed said...

Brad, Susan and family,

Mere words cannot adequately express the sorrow I felt at learning of Ryan's passing. Thank you for sharing him with all of us during the last month, and take comfort in the knowledge that he is now in God's loving care. This is not a "goodbye" but, rather, a "see you later". If the measure of a life is the number of souls we touch in our time on Earth, then Ryan lived well beyond his 19 years. You are in my thoughts and prayers...

Stacy Oberman said...

Barry & family-
My sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless Ryan!

Stacy Oberman

Anonymous said...

It was an honor to know and spend what little time I did with him. Brad and Susan you have been through so much and there is nothing I can say to make this any easier but know how much he was loved and grace was with him. Love Mike and Missy

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers goes out to you if you need anything please dont hesitate to ask

The Garners

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan's family and friends. Although I have never met him personally I feel as though I have lost a family member. In a way I have, as a member of the Corvette family we lost one of our finest today. Enjoy driving your Z06 with god!

Pub said...

Our Father, who art in heaven,hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Anonymous said...

We are honored to have been part of Ryan's life. He was incredible to the end. He definitely left his mark and was such an inspiration to us all. He changed the way so many of us look at life. There is a time for every purpose under heaven and there must have been a need for another angel - I'm sure he will watch over us all - we will try make him proud.

We are here for the healing Brad and Susan and we will do anything we can - we love you -

Dale & Cathy

The Toskin family said...

May God keep you close, Ryan. May God bless you Brad and Susan. The news was received with heavy hearts, but our faith, hope, and spirit remain solid, through the graces of our Lord, Jesus Christ. May the memories of Ryan's spirit remain with all of us who were touched by his journey for the rest of our days.

Bob Root said...

Brad, I hope your family can find peace and comfort in knowing God has a special place in his heart for Ryan. He, and you, are truly great men that I will always respect and admire.

Anonymous said...

#3 Ryan Salmons will be remembered for his courage and strength. I did not know him personally but know one of his closest friends who talked of his struggles. I hope that God will bless him, his parents, family and friends and help them through this sorrowful time. May the grace of God be with the family and may he keep you strong through this time...

Anonymous said...

Young Ryan did leave a mark. The mark we will forever remember is that instead of blaming God for his affliction, he chose instead to give his life to God. Wow, what a decision in the face of such adversity, to ask Christ to become his personal Saviour. Unless you've been there, I don't think anyone could imagine the pain of losing a child. Yet, God's gift to humanity was the gift of His own Son, to die on that cross for the sins of the world. Imagine how that must've been for Him to voluntarily offer His son to die. He didn't have to, but He did because He loves us soooo much. Could any of us offer our child for such a feat? I couldn't. But God did and Christ became "man" willingly and as the Word says, gave up his life willingly. Thus we do have the opportunity to see young Ryan again in Heaven someday. We only need to follow young Ryan's lead, to trust in and ask God for forgiveness and mercy. It's a choice that must be made, but it's a simple choice that only requires "faith." You have written that you will see Ryan again someday and that prospect excites us also. It is truly possible, thanks to our Heavenly Father. Though we are sad about our earthly loss, we are excited about Ryan's new home. Our prayers go out to you and all who know you. I pray that all who know Ryan will make the choice Ryan did, to have a personal relationship with Christ. Our time on this earth is but a dressing rehearsal for the main stage. I pray Ryan's fight helps us all realize how short our time rehearsing can really be and why we need to make God our priority sooner vs. later. Sorry for the length. Ryan really was an inspiration to both our immediate and extended family and through our faith, we are able to sustain ourselves through good times and sad, like your son's passing. Thanks for allowing us to share in your family's plight this past year. Love & prayers!

Jennifer said...

Susan and Brad - know that Ryan is at peace now. May you all have a blessed weekend and know that you have lots of people that love you. - Jennifer

Anonymous said...

love you more than you will ever know, your story has truly inspired how I live my life. LIVESTRONG

Anonymous said...

Praying for you....

The Smith Family
Dublin, Ohio

Anonymous said...

sorry for our loss...i knew of our son through one of my friends and heard he was amazing loving boy..even tho i never knew your son it tears me apart inside to know he has passed away...he in a better place now watching down on you guys..your in my prayers...god bless you...

Spencer said...

You are in our family's thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

To The Salmons Family
We are with you still, at this difficult time you are going through, in our thoughts and prayers. Ryan was such a mature courageous young man. The Lord has a special place for him to take charge of in heaven,be certain if that! Please let us know if we can help in any way with food or errands in the days ahead.
Barry and Amy and the boys, we're here if you just need someone to talk to and get through this!
All of you have been so strong and sometimes its good to just let it out.
Take Care!
Chris, Kevin, Callie and Brad Stimson

Anonymous said...

Brad ans Susan,
All of our thoughts and prayers go to you and your entire family. Ryan showed us all what it is to be a caring person...always thinking of others before himself. He is truly a gift and remarkable person. May God continue to bless you all in the coming days and know God loves you.
The Warner Family

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

Nan, Jen & ^Andy^ Buel

Laura said...

I didnt know Ryan, but there has never been a story that has touched me the way that his did. My thoughts and prayers are with the Salmons family and friends. He meant a lot to a lot of people and he will always be remembered. Rest in peace, Ryan. You now can watch the Jackets from your box in the sky.

Anonymous said...

May God bless Ryan's soul and keep him close to his heart. He will be missed greatly, remembered happily and spoken of highly. A true Blue Jacket!

I did not know him, but he made me proud to know his name.

Joe said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you during such a painful loss. I never met Ryan, but followed the news as though I had known him forever. He made myself and many others realize that we need to cherish every single day, and also the importance of making a difference in someone else's life. I wish we could all be so fortunate as to have made such a positive impact on so many people as Ryan did, and I hope that your family can manage to take some comfort in that.

Joe Rozsa

Change-over staff NWA said...

Thanks for helping us into the playoffs for the first time! We will be forever indebted to and will never forget you. My favorite Blue Jacket! Godspeed #3!

Anonymous said...

Brad-
It's Marc from RD+... I hope that others are inspired by your courage and comforted if faced with challenges in their lives as you all have and continue to be. You and the family are in my prayers.

Millar said...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Salmons family. Ryan is an inspiration to us all. Thank you, for raising such a fine young man.

Ken Neuhart said...

Barry and Salmons Family
I am so very sorry for your loss, as Ryan inspired an entire ciy and beyond with his battle. Ryan was a very special person. God bless Ryan and his family and all will be in my prayers.
Ken Neuhart

Anonymous said...

ryan will never be forgotten... always in our hearts and prayers <3

Anonymous said...

Ryan you really inspired many of people including my self to never take life for granted and i thank you for that, we all love you and will miss you.
R.I.P. buddy.

Anonymous said...

May God's peace be with your family during this trying time. Rejoice in the fact that Ryan sits at right hand of our Lord. My heart bleeds with yours. Your Hilliard friends.

Jennife Bueter said...

Brad...with greatest sympathy we keep you and your family in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss - I met Ryan in the hospital when he came to check on Joey's surgery and a few times on J5. I have heard many stories and I know he will be missed even from us who only knew him briefly or not at all. Godspeed #3

God Bless you all
Cheryl Williams (Joe's Aunt)

Anonymous said...

Brad and Susan, I am proud of you. You have been the best through this battle… Margaret and Carlos, you are right there also… We are sad for you, but you will live with no regrets. God Bless, Aunt Carol

Mallett Family said...

Salmons family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Mallett Family
(oliviamallett.blogspot.com)

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Vanessa said...

Even though I have never met Ryan, I'm very touched by his story.I loved how he kept fighting the greatest battle of all and he never onced quit. He truly is an insperation to me and my family. I know he sure made the Blue Jackets proud to have him as a friend.My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan's family as they go threw this tough time. God Bless. We will miss you Ryan.

Anonymous said...

Salmons Family I am so sorry for your loss. Your friends and family are the best. You are right, I dont think, you guys or Ryan will ever know how much you guys touched our family. God Bless Ryan, his family, and friends.

Matt Mason and family, father of Zac...

Anonymous said...

Brad & Susan,

I can not imagine the grief and lose that you most feel tonight. I am so sorry the miracle we have been praying for did not happen. I believe their actually was a miracle named RYAN MICHAEL SALMONS. Just look at all the people around the world that Ryan has affected.

In a world full of people saying look at me, or what can you do for me, Ryan was a breath of fresh air that cared more about others. We were all blessed to have Ryan in our lives. As I have read in so many comments, Ryan touch more lives in a positive way in his short life than most people can touch in 70 or 80 years.

Ryan showed all of us that by turning your life over to God and putting others first in our thoughts and prayers, that God can work greatness in ones life. Could you ever imagined even 1 year ago that one person could make such a difference in so many lives.

Jimmy V. thought us with his cancer battle to "Never give up", but Ryan taught us to "REFUSE TO LOSE". I just pray that everyone who has followed Ryan's fight as part of Team Salmons will always remember that no matter how bad things get we all have the strength to "Refuse to Lose".

I am sorry for the length of this comment, but Ryan has had an effect on my life that I truly can not put into words. Now that Ryan has gone home, heaven is truly a better place tonight.

Love and Prayers,
Brian, Tara and the Girls

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Salmons Family,
May the Holy Spirit fill the vacum created by Ryan's earthly departure. May God bless you in the minutes, hours, days and years ahead. May Jesus walk and talk with Ryan and show him the multitude of lives changed by one son. Salmons - thank you for caring and continue to "Refuse to Lose". In Christ's love, Nick Raitt's aunt.

The Wass Family said...

My thoughts and the thoughts of my family are with Ryan and your family and we are so sorry for your loss. Ryan was truly an inspiration. He could teach everyone to face adversity with honor and integrity.

Anonymous said...

I will never forget the times that we shared as not only as friends but as brothers. You have inspired me to new heights that only you will know. I know that you are looking down upon all of us from a better place and i wish i was there joining you, but until then i will try and live my life as if i was in the shoes of you; fearless. Your my hero and will always be. Thanks for sharing such good times, and most of all being my friend. I love you Ryan Michael Salmons, and i always will.

Your friend forever,

Jon Wood

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge hockey fan who only recently found your blog. I'm heartbroken for your family and what ya'll have been through. Please know that someone down in Houston is praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Salmons family,

I was extremely sorry to hear of your loss. It seems like you had a great son in Ryan. He touched so many lives and he is a great inspiration for people. God Bless your family and R.I.P. Ryan.

-Andrew in South Dakota

Colin S. said...

Thank you for inspiring us day in and day out, Ryan.

kenneth said...

Ryan I love you and will miss you so much.You are a great young man that really touched so many life's . Ryan you asked me to promise you that I would look after your Dad for you,again you show that your Dad was your life and you loved him so much. I hope that god knows just how special you are and how lucky he is to have you in heaven.I will always look after your Dad because I love you guys. I really can't say goodbye because it hurts to much but I will say I hope to see you later and be reunited with you because you mean so much to me. I already miss you. Take care my brother. Ken

The Schroeder Family said...

Dear Brad and Susan-
We are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers...loved the photo - it was just as you described it to me that day in the hospital. It made me smile....
Love,
Jamie, Lori, Alexander and Evan Schroeder

Anonymous said...

I never got a chance to talk with Ryan in person, nor to shake his hand or see his glow in person. Be reassured tho...it will not disappear now that he's gone, but instead, burn brighter then ever. While he may no longer be physically with us, his presence will always be where you find him.

RIP good friend, and go with God.

Hanf family,
Lima, Ohio

Anonymous said...

Ryan was quite a remarkable young man.

Anonymous said...

To the Salmons family I hope you can take comfort in knowing how far Ryans spirit has reached people.My dad has been fighting metastatic cancer in most of his body after an original bout with colon cancer for several months now .After seeing the first story with Ryan during a Jackets game , you could definetely see him become a little more positive and fight a little harder.His time here is very quickly coming to a close but I truly believe Ryan has helped him get this far the last couple of months.He doesn"t know that Ryan has passed yet but I konw he will shed a tear for him.Also ,I was very impressed that nhl. com posted this story this morning.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=421156
although we never met Ryan , he will be missed.
God speed Ryan

Anonymous said...

To Ryan's family... you have touched more people than probably you will ever know. Strangers... people like me who have never met you, never seen you in person, never talked to you. I pray God's comfort will fall over you and bring you peace.

As the hymn says, "the battle's over, victory is won". When it's hard for your to feel that way, I pray the love of your friends & family will hold you up, blessing you as you have blessed so many, over the last year.

Thanks for sharing your most personal moments with us. I have grown stronger myself, in reading it.

Anonymous said...

I have been sitting here for an hour, reading the lovely tributes to Ryan, feeling sad about losing him, and thinking how I will miss reading about his zest for life and they way he has helped so many people. Contemplating what I wanted to say on this message, I kept hearing a small 'knock' coming from my front door. I went to check on it, and there was a baby bird looking in through the side window, tapping on the glass to let me know it was there. I moved closer to get a better look, and to my surprise it did not leave. I swear that it looked like it was smiling at me! I think that was Ryan's way of saying that he is alright, and to be happy for today. Thank you #3!

Anonymous said...

God gained an angel today.

Cindy said...

We were very saddened to here the news of Ryan's passing. He was a strong, brave young man that touched so many lives and he will never be forgotten. God has a reason for each and everything he does. We may truly never know God's intentions, but rest assured, Ryan is resting now and waiting for his family's arrival someday. Rest peacefully Ryan! Our prayers are still with you all!

Eddie, Cindy, Levi & Ciera Miller

Ryan and Kristina Leven said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! I am so very sorry for your loss! Ryan set the example of what it means to never give up and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Once again I am so sorry for you loss and pray for you.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ryan was an inspiration to all of us on J5.
May God Be with you now and always...

Much Love,
Amy

www.caringbridge.org/visit/jessedoseck

Anonymous said...

You taught us the value of life, family and friends. We wish your family peace. God Bless them.

We'll be thinking of you w/ our "ryan's fight" wristband on hand.

#77 and family.

Anonymous said...

Brad and Susan:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Wotring's
Mark, Lisa, Monica and Brice.

Anonymous said...

The Salmons Family,

You will be in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

ryan,
you continue to amaze everyone of us still to this day, and same goes for the Salmon's family. it's incredible to see a family go through a journey like this and stay so strong. just as everyone else has said, you have impacted so many lives and made so many realize they need to live to the fullest. You'll continue to amaze people in heaven. :) watch over us. we'll miss you terribly. I love you Ryan.

Shyla said...

As Jacket fans we are all family and from one family to another I am so sorry for your loss. I had personally never met Ryan but I have seen him at games and my heart went out to him when I saw him. This time is hard but you have to remember that his body just couldnt go on but his spirit is with you everyday. We will all miss Ryan and as Jacket fans we will all miss one more fan to help us carry the flag.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I am a Pens fan and saw the story of his passing on nhl.com. What a strong boy your son was. My mother passed away when I was 17 and we too grew closer the year before she passed. I'm sitting here sobbing and I feel so bad for the pain you must be feeling. I hope it helps to know that many people the world over are praying for your family.
Wendy B. - Monaca, PA

Dale Sanger said...

My Condolences. I am praying God gives you strength over the next while. I lost a child in 1999 at 4 months old. We cherish the memories we have of him. You will do the same.

God Bless

Dale

Anonymous said...

Sorry to say this is the first time I heard about Ryan. I'll be praying for all of you. God Bless

Kim and Greg Kembitzky said...

Our hearts go out to you all! You have ALL shown a level of courage and love that is unparalleled. My God bless Ryan and may HE bless you all.

Kim & Greg Kembitzky and the Hilliard Davidson Family

Brandon and Lindsey Yokum said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult road ahead. Ryan will never be forgotten, he was such a brave young man. He is truly an inspiration.

Jeff said...

Ryan,

Say Hi! to Mr. Mac for us. My multi-handicapped daughter and famliy used to ride with him in the elevator at Nationwide after CBJ games.

Carry the Flag!

Jeff

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ryan for allowing so many people to know you & to support you in your fight. May God Bless you & keep your family. Your fight is over now & you get to watch playoff hockey in heaven with Mr. Mac.
My thoughts & prayers are with your family & friends.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Team Ryan. His passing strikes the herats and souls of so many people. The footprint he left on all of us, the city, the Columbus Blue Jackets and everyone who ever knew him. I am so very grateful that Ryan took control over his monster, that he didn't allow it to take him. Ryan certainly dictated how his time on earth would be spent and when he would be ready for the next journey. He and his spirit of overcoming has touched my heart. He has impressed upon so many people the human spirit, how to live life at its fullest and not miss anything on the road of life. May he soar on eagles wings in the next realm of his life. Ryan may not be here with us in the physical but he is alive and well with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

May God be with you at this difficult time. Granting to you his most tender grace and mercy. May he ease your hearts and grant you his amazing peace that only he can he can give.

As a community, as friends, as those of us who fell in love with Ryan, we extend to you all of our love, hugs, care, support and prayers.

Tina

tina@colesfoundation.com
C.O.L.E (caring openly,loving eternally ) Prayer Team www.colesfoundation.com

Tina Korpieski/Lewis Center, Ohio

Anonymous said...

We were still praying for a miricle. We don't understand why but this may have been the miricle in Gods eyes. He has a plan but we don't always understand it.We loved Ryan and were blessed to know him,what a kid. Brad and Susan we are here if you need anything, even though I know there's probably nothing we can do or say right now to help,we are not going anywhere and will be there whenever you need us down the road.Still praying for you both. Ryan is in a much better palce than us.

Love you both
The
Grossmans

ANTIAV said...

best wishes to the jackets community and special thoughts for the affected families..

Anonymous said...

Ryan,

I am so proud to have known you and I am a better person because of knowing you. You were the bravest person ever and I hope that I can one day be half as brave as you were. You were an amazing friend and we had a lot of great times together. You have no idea how much you have left a mark on my life and how much I am going to miss you. It is so hard to believe that I wont be able to see you, hang out with you, or wish you a happy birthday on the same day as mine; but I know you are in a better place and you are watching over us from up there!

I love you babe.

Ashh

Anonymous said...

I never had the pleasure of meeting Ryan, but he touched my life. He is such an inspiration to us all. Thank you Ryan for everything! My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. May God Bless you.

Andy McELman said...

Andy McElman NHL Zebra's Care,
I was one of the MANY, lucky enough to be touched by Ryan's courage to battle this disease. I would get to see Ryan after games. He always had a great perspective on everything. It was always a pleasure to talk with him and his posse. Seeing him at the Blue Jacket games seemed to give him such a lift in his day. He showed me his strength whenever I saw him. I will always have a little bit of him in me. My thoughts and prayers are with his parents. Ryan, You will be Missed!!

Anonymous said...

Salmons family,
Our deepest condolences for all of you. Ryan was one of a kind and will be missed greatly!

Jason & Amy Cook

Anonymous said...

My prayers are going out to Ryans family & friend, I am deeply sorry for your loss. He has impacted so many lives, and his spirit will live on forever.
God Bless!
Caroline

Anonymous said...

Ryan had a great amount of heart and courage. I never had the blessing of meeting that great young man. Hearing his story was a true inspiration. I just want to tell the salmons family that my heart goes out to you. And to ryan whear ever he may be it was a blessing to hear your story and see your fight.

GOD BLESS YOU RYAN

Anonymous said...

As I lay here sick and fragile, my eyes seek to behold.
My loved ones and family,
my hand they do hold.

Do not cry too long for me, the Lord, he took my pain.
My life here although to brief, my battle was not in vain.

Do not say goodbye to me, for my soul has been released to fly.
I shall see you once day soon, in the great by and by.

I've inhaled scents of memories and exhaled my love for you.

*a poem written for Ryan from a fan

David Wyatt said...

My best to you at the end of this long struggle. Ryan's personality came through strongly throughout his struggles. He was a great kid, thanks for sharing him with us.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Salmons Family:

The prayers continue for all of you. Thank for you for allowing us to be part of the miracle of Ryan. The fight will be different, but will not stop.

Love to you all,
Michele VanDyke

Anonymous said...

May the grace of God bless Ryan and his family

Anonymous said...

Brad, Susan, and family
We are so sorry for your loss. Ryan inspired everyone he met, and we are glad to be a part of that. We will always be here for you guys, prayers included. He certainly did earn his angel wings! RIP Ryan - #3. May God bless you always

Van Hoose Family

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad to hear about this... I didn't actually know Ryan, but went to Davidson with him and have been following his story for a while now. It has been so inspiring and I know I won't forget it anytime soon. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was close with him.

Anonymous said...

Ryan was a true knight, this a poem i wrote for him.


Knight in Shining Armor

He started out like any other
Ready to set out
And live the life of a college student
Though fate had a different plan

The enemy attacked after graduation
Yet he stood his ground
Fought long and hard
A true knight of modern times

The cancerous enemy raged
The knight kept fighting
And would not stop until seas ran dry

The land cheered on their brave knight
Until one eventful night
The enemy attacked
As the brave man lie in bed

He left his mark
For all those who would listen
He changed the meaning of life
He gave us hope

Rest in Peace, Ryan Salmons

Anonymous said...

Salmons Family,
The Hilliard community, Blue Jackets and NHL lost a great inspiration to others-however God just gained a great Angel. Ryan's fight and refusal to let the cancer take over has inspired other kids to put up a fight. Watching my cousin Ryan at age 13 fight for his life against cancer and also loosing his battle was one of the toughest things I've watched-however they're both pain free and are watching down over everyone. His memory will be carried in the Blue Jackets, and Hilliard commnuity hearts and never be forgotten.

God bless all of you.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this extremely sad time. Your son was a hero in his life and in his death, he showed such courage and love for others. Each day we should all remember what Grace your son showed and how he left his mark on us all. He did not die in vain. He has passed the torch. We must continue to try and find a cure for this horrible disease. Thoughts and prayers, JoAnn in NC

Anonymous said...

Brad, Susan,and family you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ryan touched so many lives, young and old. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

What touching and heartfelt words. Ryan truly sounds like an amazing person. My heart goes out to Ryan and his family. I cried while I was reading this. Ryan is an inspiration to everyone and while others would have looked at their condition negetivley it really sounds like Ryan found the silver lining and was the definition of selflessness. God Bless.

Mahoney Family(Rob&Crystal) said...

Our Thoughts and prayers go out to the Salmons family...Ryan was a fighter and gave us all inspiration.I have MS and even though the 2 are not alike i learned alot from Ryan what it is to stand up and fight so thank you Ryan..Ryan may be gone but he will always be remembered

Anonymous said...

God Bless all of you in your time of sorrow. Sometimes our journeys are cut short however after reading your story, the steps in which Ryan took, they were not steps, the were leaps to make this place through his comfort, love, admiration and generosity to and for others. I pray for your family today, even though his physical presence is not there, I pray you find the goodness of Ryan in your hearts everyday until you are all re-united again.

My many condolences.
Rob

Anonymous said...

Brad and Susan,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Ryan was such a wonderful and amazing person and will be truly missed. He is now in a better place free from pain.

Anonymous said...

No parent in the universe should have to go through what your going through right now. My heartfelt condolenses to the Salmons family and extended families of the Salmons.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to the friends and family. I didn't know Ryan personally but I do know Brad, Barry and their parents. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. You now have your own guardian angel watching out for you!

God Bless you all,
Robyn

Clamal said...

Ryan's valiant fight and and his affable spirit touched many lives very profoundly, including mine. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing that you had an angel with you for 19 years.

The Blue Jackets will surely feel his presence in their hearts for many seasons to come. I am sure he will be sorely missed, but never, ever forgotten. Keep cheering them on from beyond Ryan!!

Anonymous said...

Ryan's valiant fight and and his affable spirit touched many lives very profoundly, including mine. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing that you had an angel with you for 19 years.

The Blue Jackets will surely feel his presence in their hearts for many seasons to come. I am sure he will be sorely missed, but never, ever forgotten. Keep cheering them on from beyond Ryan!!

Anonymous said...

Ryan's valiant fight and and his affable spirit touched many lives very profoundly, including mine. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing that you had an angel with you for 19 years.

The Blue Jackets will surely feel his presence in their hearts for many seasons to come. I am sure he will be sorely missed, but never, ever forgotten. Keep cheering them on from beyond Ryan!!

Alex said...

I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends.

I recently came across his story and though I didn't know him, I was amazed by his courage, strength and his smile that I know truly touched so many, as it did with me. He was a blessing to all who had the privilege to have known him.

My heart truly goes to Ryan and everyone who loves him... God bless you all.

Alex Segovia

Anonymous said...

May you feel God's arms of comfort and strength around you during this time. Ryan didn't lose the fight - he won! His last breath on earth was his first in heaven! His body is new and free of pain.

All of you have been an inspiration to many. To watch a man of such a young age show such courage, strength, humility and grace has been amazing. It obviously was instilled in him by a wonderful loving father and step-mom.

My prayers have been with you and will continue to be with you.

Darren said...

We are deeply sadden for your loss. i know we have lost touch through the years, but if there is any thing that you need me or Debbie to do, please let us know. our kids Brittney and Melissa has been following Ryan's fight. you have wonderful parents, and i know that you will be able to draw strength off their support. family is so very important at times like these.

Darren, Debbie fuller

Ryan said...

Brad and Susan,

I write to send the thoughts and prayers of myself and my family. Ryan was truly an inspiration to many, and I will remember his story for the rest of my years.

God bless y'all.

Ryan Burgess
Western New York

Anonymous said...

It was a privillage of playing hockey besides you ryan. I'll never forget you and will pray for you and your family through this difficult time. I know your new life enternal in heaven will be forever joyess as you now are in the care of our lord and saviour jesus christ. Your an inspiration for everyone ryan and your memory will never die. Sincerely Alton

Anonymous said...

Ryan will always be a hero to me, to the community, and to so many Blue Jackets and hockey fans. Even though I didn't know him personally, his story touched me more than any other I've seen. God Bless Ryan and his family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Emily Cochran said...

Ryan was sent from heaven to teach us lessons we could have never learned without him. i am thankful for the time he was in my life, the lessons he taught me, the strength he gave me, the love he showed for life and others, the times we laughed, the times we cried, and most of all the friendship we had. He earned those wings he has now, and i know he will continue to shine down on us all.
He will never be forgotten, and ill continue to love him everyday of my life. And I know he will be there to greet me on the other side of the pearly gates.

Thank you to the entire Salmons family for sharing your angel with us all. I love you all and continue to pray for the battle you are fighting.

Anonymous said...

Ryan is an inspiration to us all.

So very sorry to hear about your loss.

Anonymous said...

Ryan and family are in our prayers. What a wonderful and inspirational young man. As his parents, you should be very, very proud. God Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Dear Salmons Family,
Al and I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Ryan. What an amazing young man he was and we feel so very blessed to have met Ryan and the entire Salmon family. You will continue to be in our prayers during these difficult days ahead.
F.R.O.G....God Bless You!
Linda and Al Wells

Anonymous said...

The Hilliard Davidson community is so saddened by the loss of Ryan. His spirit will live on!

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear about Ryan. Sounds as if he was one tough kid with a huge hockey heart.
He left his mark on this world and you should be proud.
--A Hockey Fan in Detroit

Jennifer (Kids Cancer Crusade) said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The children and parents of J5 will forever be thankful for the impression he left. Keeping you in my prayers.

-Jennifer
www.kidscancercrusade.org

Rusty said...

Ryan bud we are gonna miss the heck out of you man, in the short time I had known you, you have taught me so much; how to love life and family and never take one breath given for granted. Rest well Ryan your memory will always be close to my heart. We all love and miss you but take comfort in knowing your with God now.

Anonymous said...

Godspeed Ryan and thank you for your spirit and inspiration that will live on in those who knew you and those like me who followed your journey.

Jon B.

Valerie said...

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and pray for peace and strength for your family as you move forward. Although the news of Ryan passing is extremely difficult it is comforting to know that he and Trey have been reunited. What a great friend Ryan was to Trey during the toughest time of this life. Our family is forever grateful to Ryan.

Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult time.

May God bless your family,
Valerie Schatzke

Anonymous said...

I've never met Ryan or your family, but followed your posts over the past several months. I'm sorry for your loss, but you should feel comforted that Ryan is no longer in pain. WOW what a mark he left. How very proud you must be!

Anonymous said...

I've never met ryan, but my family and i have been following his story for sometime now. I am heartbroken to hear about his passing, but hope that your family might find some comfort in knowing that he touched the hearts and lives of many. He accomplished more in his nineteen years than most people ever do in a lifetime. I will keep Ryan and your family in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Remember Ryan and smile, for it's better to forget than remember Ryan and cry.

God Bless the Salmons' family, and God Bless Ryan's soul. He is in a better place, God's arms.

I just wish, that I can be HALF the man Ryan was, so that I can someday meet him.

Sincerely,
Jamaal,
Toronto, ONT

Anonymous said...

There are no words that can express the deep sorrow and emptiness. Like so many others, I pray for your strength, peace and comfort.

Anonymous said...

An inspiration. So sorry to hear of your loss.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Ryan. He put up a great fight and from reading this blog, I can tell that he has lived a great life. As many others have said previously, he touched the lives of many. I've kept up with his story the last couple of months and I truly learned a lot about life and living it to the fullest. The Salmons family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

From all of us here at Nationwide Children's Hospital - Thank you for sharing your son with us, and thank you for allowing us to love him too. We shall never forget him.