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This is my cousin Sam’s baby, Ryan. He was born 3 and a half months premature and at a few months old does not have much time left. Please read and donate if you can. If you live in the Imperial area of Missouri, attending the benefit would be great too if you could!
Ryan’s Story (in Sam’s words):
"Ryan was born 3 and a half months premature, and was our Valentines Day baby. Can you say miracle? This little guy entered the world weighing only 2 pounds, and had more fight than anyone has ever seen in a single human being, especially for such a small and fragile baby. Yet he was the feistiest little guy ever. Ryan did great after he was born, as great as we could expect, and we thought at that point that we beat all of the odds we had been hearing for months.
At 2 months old, Ryan got sick. So sick we had to put him on ventilator support. He over came it and held strong but it damaged his lungs. Then Ryan got sick a second time, this time with pneumonia, and we didn’t think Ryan was going to make it. We were so worried we were going to lose him. He pulled through like the little miracle he is, but it also damaged his lungs very bad. We got Ryan well enough to perform his tracheotomy surgery and he did great for a week and a half.
Now, once again, for the third time Ryan has been hit with a terrible infection and is extremely sick. His lungs are so damaged they aren’t working with his body, they are working against him. We had a conference with all the doctors and they let us know that his lungs were too far gone and there is no saving them. He is dying and won’t be here much longer.
We are throwing this benefit to raise money for Ryan’s medical expenses and impending funeral cost. But not only for that, but to spread the word of infant loss. I never thought in million years that we would fight so hard to get here and then at 6 months old that my baby would be taken from me. I am although, more than grateful that I’ve had this amount of time with him, and he has fought for me just so that I did have this time with him.”
We need as much support and as many donations as possible. This is a terrible time for our family and something we never thought we would have to face. Do please, everyone come put and support this little miracle baby and his life. We will be holding a benefit for Ryan on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at Detour Bar and Grill in Imperial, Missouri. There will be a 50/50 raffle, karaoke, silent auctions, food, drinks, and plenty more. We need as many people as we can possibly get to come out and support this sweet little angel. Invite everyone you know, share this event as many times as possible and we all hope to see you there! If you are not able to attend, please consider making a tax deductible monetary donation here on the YouCaring account.
Please donate here. The goal is $5000, but I know Sam would be extremely grateful for any contribution.
For the silent auction we are in need of:
- themed gift baskets
- gift certificates
- collectibles and other new merchandise
- art work
- anything else you can think of
I (taranoire) will get you in contact with my mom if you have anything to donate to the silent auction, as she’s the one organizing it. Thanks to anyone who can share this.