Ryan has been involved with several nonprofits, including Make-A-Wish and has participated in events such as the AIDS Walk and Light the Night. He’s been walking the Light the Night walk for a long time now, and the cause became even closer to him when he lost a good friend to lymphoma a few years back. He hopes that by walking for Light the Night, he can contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s goal of finding cures and ensuring access to treatment for all blood cancer patients.
As a wish granter and events volunteer for Make-A-Wish, he is able to see, firsthand, his contributions come to fruition.
“It brightens a sick child’s life by granting him or her a wish to travel somewhere, be someone for a day, meet someone or receive something special like a guitar. It makes me happy when I visit kids to decide on their wish and deliver the good news when it is approved,” says Ryan.
And what does he hope to achieve from his efforts? Simply that warm, cuddly feeling. “I hope to achieve a sense of fulfillment in helping others and hope I will get help in return if I ever need it.”
Want to learn how you can contribute? Here are a few ways you can:
- Donate to help grant wishes for children suffering from diseases.
- Participate in an AIDS Walk near you or donate to their community.
- Walk for Light the Night or donate to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s efforts to cure blood cancer.
Thank you for your efforts to help others, Ryan!
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