Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Week and a Day............

It is hard to believe that it has been over a week since Ryan has left us. During the first few days there was so much to do and organize, I really didn't have time to think. Even the days following the services were busy trying to tie up loose ends. It also has been hard to get back on the blog to update and thank so many people.

The support that so many of you have given our family is overwhelming. Though it doesn't stop the hurt, it does confirm that people really care and want to help in any way they can. Unfortunately, the one thing I need, nobody can give. Thank you to all that attended Ryan's services and the Columbus Blue Jackets for the family dinner afterwards. While it all still seems to be a blur, I feel that Ryan would be proud of the tribute to him. I know that he would be overwhelmed with the amount of people that came to pay tribute.

Today, I was finally able to visit his grave site. It is a beautiful resting place that has an angel statue that overlooks him. I can't help but think it is his guardian angel watching over him.

I will be not be posting anything over the next several days as I will be taking a hiatus. Maybe Uncle Barry will share a little during this time. But working with Wendy Bradshaw and The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, we will be creating a foundation in the near future that will continue Ryan's legacy with families from J5. I always talked to Ryan about the doctors doing the doctor stuff and I would help him with the spirit stuff. Ryan's legacy to his buddies and friends will be the spirit stuff. Once we have all the documentation in place, I will provide more information.

Thank you again to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. While Ryan is home and pain free, we are left to rebuild a new existence without our hero.


CateLeigh said...

always in our hearts.... still in our prayers.

Anonymous said...

Brad and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers will continue daily in hopes that you will find some kind of peace in your new journey in life. Ryan was and continues to be such an inspiration and for that I can only be grateful to you for sharing your family in this most difficult time.
You have been an amazing example of what a father should be and hopefully many others have learned this as well from you. Thank you again and please continue to keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

Ryan truely was a hero to all of us and will never be forgotten. His strenght and courage inspired us all. What I loved most about him is that with all the love he gave us, he expected nothing in return. His selfishness tought us all something we will never forget. We will always admire Ryan and know that even though he is not here with us now, that he will be with us always. Thank you Ryan for everything.

Nikki B

GoBucks said...

Since Ryan's passing, I don't think there has been an hour that has passed without thinking of Ryan and your family. Just know we are all thinking and praying for your family. If Ryan left 1% of the strength that he had this past will surely help us all get through this difficult time.
Tony O.

Anonymous said...

youre all in my prayers.
i think about your family and ryan every day.

rest in peace ry <3

Anonymous said...

Please continue to keep us updated on the family. We look forward to learning of how you are going to help children on J5 as Ryan wished. I think you guys should get in touch with Lifetime TV Channel to do a story of Ryans Life and how he fought with courage and was an inspiration to all. We all would love to see that happen. Continue to hang in there to all of Ryans family.

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Brad and family,
Today my daily devotional lifted up a prayer by Moses "Lord, you have been our home since the beginning" Psalm 90:1. I find comfort in this promise. I am blessed to share an earthly home with my children currently and I'm joyful knowing through God's word that we are part of a heavenly home for eternity. May God bless you tenfold during your hiatus. Thank you for continuing to share your walk with our awesome Lord. In Christ's love, Nick Raitt's aunt

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the idea about doing something with the story of Ryan's life with Lifetime TV Channel! That would be so cool! I continue to pray for you all as today is the two week aniversary. May God bless you and hold you close in His strong and loving arms.

Erica Rogers

Anonymous said...

I'm so grateful knowing Ryan gave his heart to the Lord. I have no doubt that thru Ryan's story, others will find the same peace and grace of God that he did. What a remarkable young man God chose to spread the good news of salvation. No doubt you are very proud of him. Our family rejoices in knowing that thru Christ, we will be reunited again someday.

Anonymous said...

My name is Melody Evans. My daughter(Akeia Evans) and I met Ryan last year at The James. My daughter was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma last year and was receiving radiation therapy as well when we met Ryan. I just found out today about Ryan's passing and I wanted to say my prayers are truly with you and your family. My heart truly goes out to you. We met so many children during my daughter's various stay at Children's and clinic/radiation appointments but I never forgot Ryan. It was something about him. I could tell he wasn't feeling well that day but he spoke to us briefy and I remember him smiling. I could tell he was a courageous, strong, brave young man. Stay strong and take it one day at a time. Continue to journalize as we want to know how you are doing but most of all it can be therapeutic. Journalizing on my daughters CaringBridge site helped me get some things off my chest many days. If there is anything I can do for you and your family let me know I am also an employee at Nationwide Children's, you can call 722-2000 and they will transfer you to my extention. God Bless! Melody and Akeia

Jennifer Bueter said...

Brad...I wasn't sure how to contact you, so I am trying here. We think about your family often and hope that you are hanging in there. I was wondering if you would allow me to use a picture of Ryan and some info. to display at our tent for the Grove City Relay for Life. I think these children need to have a larger pressence at such a large event. Anyways, you can contact me at
Thanks so much!

Aunt Lissa said...

Brad & Susan - Still in our prayers that each day you never forget but it gets a little easier! Trey & Ryan are probably playing and climbing trees!

Anonymous said...

I think everyone who knew Ryan is upset by this past year or so. We miss him dearly and hope you and your family are doing well! Please update us and let us know how you all are! We would all love to hear from you!