Friday, June 3, 2011

Heartbreak


Please excuse my hiatus as of late; this week has been a hard one for many people, including myself. Early Sunday morning I was awakened by a phone call telling me one of my best friends had lost her 18-month-old daughter, Ryann. It was sudden and very unexpected; she had been happy and healthy her entire life. Apparently she had a very rare disorder so uncommon it doesn't even have an official name, and no one knew she had it. Now, on top of grieving the loss of their first and only child, my friends are faced with extensive medical and funeral expenses. They had just relocated to Nebraska from the Walla Walla Valley, and aren't sure whether or not insurance on the new job had kicked in yet.

In addition to continual emotional support, some friends and I are attempting to help in the only other way we can: Fundraising for their expenses. If you can, please consider donating to this cause. All of the donations will go directly toward medical and funeral expenses for this beautiful 18-month-old girl who was taken from her parents way too soon. No parent should have to plan their child's funeral.

To the right of this post you will see a "Remembering Ryann" box. Click on "ChipIn" to contribute what you can in a secure way through PayPal. Thank you for your support...and thank you for remembering Ryann.

If you would like to read my version of the story of losing Ryann, visit my mom blog.

4 comments:

Kaori said...

Becky, my heart goes out to both you and your friend. There are no words to express how sorry I am that a mother had to lose a young life so dear so soon. You'll both be in my prayers.

Madge said...

Oh my goodness... how incredibly sad. I pray that these young parents find comfort in their friends and family.

Sequim Daily Photo said...

Becky, it's hard to even have words. I am so sorry for their loss and yours. I just followed the link and read what happened and was in tears, that is so sad. Typing words doesn't even feel right because their are no words for something like that. My thoughts are with you.

Gunn said...

Wow, first I saw the photographs.
Great shots of a beautiful little girl, than I read the text.
Very sad!
I hope friends and family will be there for the couple.