As we approach Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it feels like the right time to share with you a powerfully real and raw story about a 6-year-old boy named Ryan. We thank Anita Wagner, Ryan's mom, for the courage to share her beautiful words with us, and for standing with us as an advocate for other children with cancer. Honor Ryan by reading his story, sharing it with a friend, and speaking up for kids with cancer this September.
When we brought Ryan home to Hawaii he seemed happier, more alert, more alive. He could no longer walk, and he didn't look so good. But he was feeling better, I think, to just be home.
The doctors gave him two weeks to live.
We took Ryan to see a beautiful sunset at the beach one night. He asked to go. He wanted to go to the Japanese Buddhist temple with koi ponds that he used to love going to. We did what we could with Ryan to keep him happy.
Inside though, it felt like we were all dying.
Ryan would die exactly two weeks after we brought him back from California, in my arms at home in Hawaii. We sat out on our patio with him. I told him how proud we were of him and that he had been so so strong. Then I told him, "I know you are tired, Ryan, and you can go now. I will always love you, I will always love you, and you will always be with us, Ryan."
Read more: Ryan's Story, by Anita Wagner
Then, go visit the Ryan's Light Foundation.
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