Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday April 7th, 2009 Update

Ryan continues to feel good. He continually amazes me with his strength and courage. I know that many people all over the world pray for Ryan on a daily basis, and we are still hoping for a miracle for him. But I believe it is a miracle and a gift we have had over the past two weeks.

Ryan has made a great recovery again and we have had a fantastic two weeks. Ryan still has several short term events he is looking forward to attending. They have a corvette cruise in planned for Saturday in Grove City. Saturday evening the Blue Jackets conclude the regular season, oh yeah, and then there is this little thing called the PLAYOFFS! Ryan is looking forward to Easter Sunday. His faith has become very important to him and wants to attend a couple services this week. Ryan still has several events he wants to attend.

Please pray for Ryan to continue to feel well enough to do the things he wants to do. His most recent doctors appointment revealed that he will need transfusions on a regular basis. His body is not making platelets, and his hemoglobin counts continues to trend down. While he looks and feels great, we need to watch him closely.

Also, please pray for Nick Raitt. He is a 20 year old from Salt Lake City, Utah. I came across Nick's blog while I was searching for information for Ryan last summer. I have followed Nick's progress, including remission, ever since. I have traded emails with Lori, Nick's mom. Nick has had a setback, and they are currently waiting for results from test done yesterday. Nick's site is http://nick-raitt.blogspot.com/ Please send Nick a message of encouragement as they need all the support they can get right now.

Don't forget all the other kids on J5 fighting battles of their own, Joe, Megan, Matthew, Evan, Ethan, Brayden, the list goes on. Each and every child needs a miracle.


Mark, Lori, Matt and Anthony Toskin said...

Brad, thanks for keeping us up to date via the website. We check it multiple times a day for updates.

Ryan, we live over 50 miles away from Hilliard, being in the Buckeye Lake area, so we were not able to make your pancake breakfast on Saturday. Pancakes were made at our home on Saturday in your honor!

I'll be wearing my new CBJ #3 jersey all next week when we finally make the PLAYOFFS! Keep inspiring the players as you have done throughout the season!

Anonymous said...

Ryan, Brad, Susan,

I'm so happy to here all the great things God is doing for you. Yes! Keep the faith.

Go Blue Jackets!

Z06Gal said...

Ryan, I shared your story with my Bible study class. I believe that God has a definite plan for your life and I just want to encourage you in it. To say that your attitude is courageous is an understatement. Thank you for your faith and witness during the most difficult time of your life. That is always where the rubber meets the road as they say. I have been and will continue to pray that God will provide you a total healing. What a testimony that would be.

Nicole Heyder said...

hello, i just wanted to say that i keep ryan in my thoughts everyday. He is an amazing guy! I actually work at frog bear and wild boar bar down in the arena district. i know it might be a stretch but it would be awesome to have ryan come in before the game saturday. I have told everyone at work about ryan and they are all keeping him in their thoughts. I completly understand if he cannot come in but please let me know if he could. my e-mail is coleybird07@aol.com

Love you ryan! stay strong!

-Nicole Heyder

GoBucks said...

Ryan, Bray, Susan and family,

Really great news to hear that Ryan is continueing to do well. As always, Ryan and family are in my thoughts and prayers!!
Mr. O.

Anonymous said...

Every day that God gives us to witness for Him is a miracle. Your faith, strength, and courage is an inspiration to all of us.
Nothing is too tough for our God. We pray that a total healing is His plan for your life.

Love from
Uncle Larry & Aunt Janet Burns

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that Ryan is feeling well..and that he getting to enjoy things. You are an inspiration to us all. Stay strong.


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Ryan and family,
I am so thankful that you are continuing to do well and able to attend the functions that mean so much to you. I am not much of a sports fan but I sure am cheering for the Blue Jackets for you. I think that you are their inspiration and they are your best medicine. I also am thankful that you will be spending time worshipping this week. I pray you and your family have a Blessed Happy Easter!!
We continue to pray for your complete healing!
God Bless Your Family!
Love, Linda and Al

scott said...

Scott Renda here I have just become familiar with Ryans, you and your families fight. I wanted to say I have been thinking and praying for you guys since i saw you on the BJ pregame.
Since then I have been reading the blogs and looking at Barry;s pics of all Ryans adventures. It was nice to see your mom and dad.

Ryan looks like a Salmons for sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Frank Frazier said...


I justed wanted to pass on my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I am sorry to say I was not aware of Ryan's condition until just the other day when I spoke with Bob Root. Please keep me posted and I will be sure to check the site often. You have an amazing family! God bless!

Frank Frazier

CateLeigh said...

Hello Ryan and Family!

Just stopping in to check on you all and see how things are going. glad to hear that Ryan is feeling pretty good. God does work miracles - we have one in our house! So keep fighting!!

I am sure there is a buzz in your house as there is in ours about the game tonight...one point! Just one point away!! We'll be at Saturday's game celebrating Coryns 10th birthday (and her 4th year being a survivor) Hope to see you there on the big screen!! We will all be celebrating this great season with the Jackets that night, right?!

We hope your family has a blessed Easter - you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Lord & Family

Unknown said...

Ryan & Family,

Been hearing about you guys through the Blue Jackets and just wanted to say keep fighting the good fight! You're awesome, no doubt about it. Stay strong, and enjoy the playoffs. They are coming! Also, thanks for helping the team out!

Once again, the whole Salmons family is absolutely awesome. Keep it up, guys!

Anonymous said...

Hi guys-
Good to see you the other night at the game! Thanks for inviting us over to meet some of the refs. They were fun guys. We are thinking of you all and hoping that you can enjoy the game tonight. If Lori and Doug come around, tell them hello!! (Do they bring their signs to your house????? :) Love to you all,

Lori, Jamie, Alexander and Evan Schroeder

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to stop by and let you know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

We are on J5 right now and I have been keeping up to date on how you are doing. Ryan you are an inspiration to all of us here

God Bless you Both,


Anonymous said...


Glad to see and hear you are doing and feeling better than a few weeks ago, when I saw you in the hospital. I hope you enjoy the PLAYOFFS!

More than one of us here in the Carolinas are now pulling for the Blue Jackets.

Also, please make sure not to let my Mom on the back of your Dad's bike again. I would appreciate it.

I hope all of enjoy your Easter and the Corvette cruise this weekend. You are all in our thoughts and prays.

I hope to get back to Ohio to see you soon.

Your NASCAR redneck cousin in NC,

Anonymous said...

Ryan - As the Jackets just clinched a play off spot - they couldn't have done it without your strength and inspiration!! Great job and keep fighting!
The Kern Family

Catherine said...

Ryan, congrats on the Jackets making the playoffs! I know how important this was to you, and I hope they have a long playoff run!

Anonymous said...


What a game! The Jackets are in it to win it and your inspiration has helped guide them there. Chimmers had a good game too. Nice article in the dispatch about how you have inspired him.

Keep Carrying the Flag

Ron and Jan Barton

Unknown said...


It was so nice to see you yesterday! You are a fantastic young man and surely one of the most courageous I've met. I look forward to hearing about your cruise-in this weekend. You have a really cool car!

Keep the faith Ryan. God can make miracles happen!

Kacia said...

Ryan, Brad & Susan-

We are on your team! Praying daily for your strength and bright smile to touch so many people.

We are excited about the CBJ making the playoff's and how you have inspired the fans & players.
We continue to fly the flag in your honor.

Go Blue Jackets!
Best Wishes
Kacia & Mark Warren

Anonymous said...


Yes!!! They did it!! The Jackets are in the playoffs. Stay strong young man and keep up the good fight!! We pray for you and your family every night.

God Bless!

The Deister Family

Anonymous said...

When I heard that the Blue Jackets made it to the playoffs this morning on the news I thought of YOU! Hang in there Ryan, we're praying for you

Anonymous said...

This is my first time on ur site.. I came from Nick Raitt's site (who mentioned Ryan).

My first thought when coming to the site was - what a goodlooking guy, this Ryan!

I've read through the past 10 or so entries, and my heart dropped when I read 'hospice'. I am so very sad for what you are all enduring.

I've battled this evil cancer myself (twice) & so wish this horrendous monster would leave Ryan alone.

I will keep reading the updates.. and send you hugs and prayers.


Jessica P. said...

Ryan and family, I just wanted to take time out to thank you for being such an inspiration. You have been so strong through all of this and everytime I see you on the news or before the Blue Jackets game, you always seem to have a smile on your face. I just wanted to say that I'm so proud of you and your family and the way you guys have all held strong throughout this whole thing. This is more than anyone should have to go through and you are handling it very very well. Stay strong and know everyone loves you and we're all praying for your family and thinking about all of you through these tough times.

Kyle Alfriend said...

Go Blue Jackets!

Go Ryan!


Anonymous said...


Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. Let us know when is a good time to come for a short visit.

Candy, Scott, Colin, Tabatha and Logan

Anonymous said...

Ryan, Brad & Susan,
Just checking on you! Wanted you to know we were thinking of you. You are in our prayers every day.

Go Blue Jackets!
Jennifer, John, Ethan & Addison