…106 Days Until Race Day
“As a man, you want to fix things, but you can’t fix this” – C.d. N Theresa
For C.d. N Theresa, life moved at a different speed on October 12, 2005.
A wall separated them from Snowdrop Foundation inspiration Chelsey Campbell. At the same time the Campbell’s were getting the news about Chelsey, C.d. N Theresa were getting the news about their 2-year-old son, Ryan.
The news was not good.
Ryan was never called Ryan at the hospital. He was and will forever be known as Batman. That was the ONLY name he would answer to. Call him Ryan and he’d pitch a fit.
Ryan’s initial treatment worked and in the summer of 2006, he was declared NED (No Evidence of Disease).
However, on October 12, 2007, 2 days to the day of his original diagnosis, Ryan relapsed and treatment began again…with no known cure.
Over his 3 years of treatment, Ryan’s bones weakened, he endured numerous surgeries and received OVER 55 blood transfusions.
On July 9, 2008, at the age of 5, Ryan “gained his angel wings” and went to be with Jesus.
At his funeral, I hugged his father and just cried my eyes out on his shoulder. He held me up, comforted me, told ME it was going to be okay.
Ryan made EVERYBODY laugh. And oh was he a lady’s man in the hospital, having many girlfriends, from the nurses to teenage girls, but his main girlfriend was Chelsey’s sister, Tori, although he charmed his mom by telling her that she was his “true love”.
Gosh, no telling how many actual girlfriends he’d have now at the age of 14. Hard to believe that he would be 14 years old now.
Here are the words of his father, C.D. “Most kids worry about Christmas presents. We just wanted him to live a full and healthy life. We thank God for the time we got to be with him and all of the amazing people we met during the journey. God truly blessed us with our time with him.” C.d. N Theresa
Ryan’s legacy lives on through his family’s creation of the Ryan Batman Williams Foundation. Please visit their webpage www.ryanbatmanwilliams.org. And, if you like golf, they put on one heck of a tournament in the summer.
Today was a double workout and I needed EVERY bit of Ryan’s Superhero strength. 30 minutes of hill repeats after already logging an hour run drained me, but my “pain cave” today was the “bat cave” so there was NO QUITTING.
Off day tomorrow (thank goodness).