From Lilo and Stitch to the classic Disney character Pluto, Ryan always loved Disney movies, characters and games.
Six year-old Ryan had always been fascinated by the magical world of Disney and all its lovable characters; most of all Lilo and Stitch. During chemotherapy treatment for his Lymphoma, Ryan often watched the popular Disney channel as a form of entertainment to help him focus on something other than his sickness. Although his family was always by his side, the reality of his illness was difficult to ignore. His one true wish was to go to Disney World and experience the happiest place on earth with the people he loves.
The wish trip was an amazing gift for both Ryan and his family. Understanding how serious his illness was, Ryan’s family was determined to create an unforgettable and magical experience for their little boy. The first event of the vacation was the character breakfast with all of Ryan’s favorite Disney Characters! Ryan’s wish was just getting started. Going through the Magic Kingdom was one of the most exciting parts of the trip for Ryan and his two brothers. They went to it’s a small world, the haunted house, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Safari ride! The day was full of fun and memories that will last forever.
The family stayed at Disney World’s Polynesian resort that had small touches that reminded them of Hawaii. They were able to feel comfortable in a place that felt like home, while also being surrounded by the excitement of Disney. Although experiencing all the Disney magic was amazing for Ryan and his family, the best part of the trip didn’t include much grandeur. Ryan’s favorite moment was being given the opportunity to step behind the Tiki bar and make smoothies for the guests by the pool. Doing something interactive and fun with his family meant the world to this lovable boy. Like Ryan, the family was also most grateful for the time they spent together. Ryan’s Mom said, “I think our favorite time as a family was the night we spent outside the resort by the pool watching a Disney movie on the giant outdoor screen, Lilo and Stitch played one night, and this was one of Ryan’s favorite shows.” As Ryan and his family know, sometimes the small things in life prove to be the greatest joys.
A wish never fades: We are sad to report that Ryan has passed away. His sweet smile and loving personality will forever be cherished and missed deeply. Thank you Ryan for giving us the honor of granting your wish and for being an inspiration for so many. Ryan’s Mom said it best, “I always say he is the brightest star up in the sky. His light continues to shine, and he still is touching people’s lives.”