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Organized by: Elena Ward

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Big Day!
March 05, 2016

Hi everyone! I opened a bank account for all of the funding for Ryan this morning :) The first disbursement has hit the account. We have raised See More

THE STORY:

Hi everyone. My name is Elena, and I am fundraising on behalf of my brother, Ryan. Ryan has recently exposed that he may have been a victim of violence. He told us that one day after a blow to the head, "Everything went bright." That was my baby brother's way of telling us that he could no longer see out of one of his eyes. As it turns out, when we went to the doctor, it was revealed that Ryan's retina was completely detached from his eye. He is 14 years old. We ruled out genetic causes for the detachment, and he has since undergone surgery. They had to remove the lens of his eye as well because he also had a cataract so big that he could not see. Right before my brother went into surgery, he prayed over himself and said, "God you call me beloved and say that I am your child. Please don't let them take my eye." Pretty profound for a child with Down Syndrome, if you ask me. And pretty sad too. I had to assure him multiple times that they didn't take his eye out in surgery. He was so scared :( He knows that the time has come to tell his story. I am raising money for Ryan's current and future well-being so that he can embark on the path to healing. He will not be able to play the sports he loves for a very long time. He has had to give up so much already as a result of this trauma. I want to give him some of his life back, and I would love if you could help! We will be going to court to fight on his behalf, and this whole process is very trying for him. I initially wanted to raise money for court fees, but we are not allowed to do that - a fact of which I was unaware. This money will be going directly to Ryan and will be deposited into a savings account for him. The road to healing is a long one, and he is going to need a lot of help along the way. Picture you suffer a trauma. Now picture how this is compounded because God made you so very special. He spent a little extra time on you, and so the way you see the world is different. We call it special needs. I call it special people.

If you would like to donate, we would be very appreciative. He loves spending time with horses, and horses are great with kids with special needs. At the very least, I would like for him to be able to spend time with the animals he loves. Depending on what kind of funding we get, we will go from there. I am changing the focus of this campaign to raise money for a child that has been victimized and will need emotional help on the road to healing. That's more important anyway. 

Much love, 

Elena 

$1,880

 

38% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Israel

     

  • Caitlyn Martinez

    $25

  • Madeline Boehlke

     

  • Iris A.

     

  • Shay

    $25

  • Dani Scott

    $30

  • Mariah Costa

    $50

  • Symone Kinnamore

    $25

  • Maria Costa

    $100

  • Amanda Corbeil

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Bri

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Bonnie Griesan

    $20

  • Jackie & Tyler Kabbes

    $25

  • Alicia

    $150

  • Katie

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • United Electric Motors, Inc

    $500

  • Lynn

     

  • Esposito

    $50

  • Ken and Karen Melusky

    $50

  • Erik

    $100

  • Tony & Aima

    $50

  • Hayes Family

    $375

  • Haley Seidman

     

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Donor Comments

Haley Seidman

Haley Seidman

Love you Ryan! Elena you are so sweet! 2 years ago

Hayes Family

Hayes Family

DONATION: $375

We have a daughter with a disabilities, and I am always very sad how regular people think the disabled children don't have feelings. God made all children perfect, and we could learn much from these extremely precious ones. Many Blessings to your family through this trial! 2 years ago

Tony & Aima

Tony & Aima

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Erik

Erik

DONATION: $100

I hope Ryan recovers quickly and is able to return to the things that he loves. 2 years ago

Ken and Karen Melusky

Ken and Karen Melusky

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Esposito

Esposito

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Lynn

Lynn

Get well soon buddy. We love you 2 years ago

United Electric Motors, Inc

United Electric Motors, Inc

DONATION: $500

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Katie

Katie

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

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