While Ryan was off at school or work, he was surrounded by many good people. He often spent more time with some of his classmates and co-workers then with his own family.
What a blessing it is to be surrounded by good, loving people on a daily basis.
When Ryan was told that he only had weeks to live, two of his good friends and classmates called to see if they could come visit. This visit was kind of a big deal... these friends were doing their residency in Chicago and trying to get time off during residency is NOT always EASY. These friends were able to juggle their schedules so they could fly in and out in the same day, taking minimal days off.
Even though their visit was short, the time spent together was priceless. Seeing these boys visit was like old times: they talked school, work, life... it was like no time or distance had changed. I know how much it meant for Ryan to see Joe and Marc...
~Thanks guys... for EVERYTHING~
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When residency first started, Ryan would come home and tell me about everyone and how much he enjoyed his work. He was was really excited to be working with such a great group of people.
You know how some people come into your life and you just "click" with them? Well, that is how Ryan felt about Pete. He often talked about wanting to be like Pete, both in his personal life and professionally...he really looked up to and admired Pete.
Before Ryan passed away, Pete came down to check out Ryan's 3rd baby- his truck:
Thanks Pete for being such an example to Ryan...
Not only are families forever... but so are friendships.
I am so grateful for the wonderful people we have met over the years and for the friendships that have been made as a result.
***TEAM RYAN FOREVER***
(Man, I can barely type. These final posts are going to be hard, bare with me ;)