Thank you for participating in the Ryan Salmons Memorial Golf Outing. It was an absolutely beautiful day and a great tribute to Ryan. Through your generosity, we were able to raise almost $12,000.00 to start Ryan's foundation. We also raised almost $500.00 for The Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation through the sale of Ryan's #3 Tee Shirts.
We have finally got the golf pictures loaded and accessible on Barry's picture site. Thank you to Greg Bartram for donating his time and expertise in capturing the day in pictures. Ryan always looked forward to seeing Greg at the CBJ games and I appreciate his friendship. These pictures are open so please feel free to save to your computer. If you would like to order a professional photo, Greg and Barry will donate any proceeds to Ryan's foundation.
We have been very busy since the golf outing was completed. We have secured a nonprofit status with The Secretary of State and received our EIN number. We are currently in process for our 501 C 3 status. We have established a website and it is currently under construction. I look forward to keeping you updated as we continue through this process.
Finally, we have our first recipient benefiting from Ryan's foundation. His name is Matthew Barr and he is four years old. Matthew and his family will be attending "The Wiggles" on August 27th. He and his little brother Darren are very excited about going. Here is a brief bio on Matthew;
Matthew was diagnosed with a PNET brain tumor on Dec. 13, 2007. He had 5 rounds of chemo followed by a stem cell transplant. Relapsed in Jan. '09 - 6 weeks of radiation therapy. Latest MRI in July '09 showed no disease in spine, but still present in brain. Continuing with Accutane for now. You can follow Matthew's story at:
Thanks again to everyone that made the outing a great success. You don't realize how much it means to these families going through the battle. On behalf of all of them, THANK YOU.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009