BENEFITING: FJC - A Foundation of Donor Advised Funds
EVENT: Wendy Walk NYC
EVENT DATE: Apr 19, 2015
Robyn Cioffari wrote -
This picture is of Ryan and I on our last trip together in March 2013 in Hong Kong, a city I had always wanted to visit and was lucky enough to explore and experience with him. Just under a month after returning home, in April 2013, my world changed: my parents told me that a mass had been discovered in Ryan's abdomen. He soon returned to New York from living abroad to receive treatment at Sloan and we all - including Ryan himself - believed he would beat the illness. He was diagnosed with pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma in late May and quickly started treatment. Unfortunately, like other sarcomas, this disease is extremely aggressive and rare. Ryan passed away on July 11, 2013. It still feels surreal to think that he is not on another adventure overseas that would surely make us all jealous. I participated in this walk last year and we raised over $4700! It was amazing and heartwarming to see how many (and from all over the world!) supported this cause that has become so important and special to my family and I. On Sunday, April 19th, 2015, I will be walking for a second time in Ryan's honor and we already have a team of five strong. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your generosity and support.