A few words from each of us....
Ryan was my son. I miss him every day. He was so fun-loving and full of life. I think working with young burn survivors has helped me to stay in touch with him in my life. I see their spirit and it reminds me that he is still alive and working in my life.
The 2001 automobile fire that took the life of our 7-year-old son, Ryan, left my husband, our 2-year-old son, Tyler, and me with burns to over 27% of our bodies. If Ryan had survived, he would have had to endure a life of pain, stares and cruel name-calling.
In his memory, we have created Ryan Shines Burn Fdn. to provide: pediatric burn survivors with education and burn camp scholarships and provide resources for their families to help rebuild their lives; and to form a support network for the mental and physical health of Firefighters.
It is my hope that Ryan will forever Shine in the lives of others.
I was there in that burning car beside Ryan when he died. I was the lucky one, my dad pulled me out. I was too young to remember much of it, but I have felt that bond between brothers. And I feel a bond with other burn survivors as well. Now, I enjoy recording and producing our Catching Courage events into stories we can share with others.
Ryan died before I was born. I understand what my family went through and I can appreciate the struggles of all families that have been hurt by fire. It touches even those who were not burned.
I like to help with Ryan Shines' events. They are a lot of fun. We meet new people from all over the country and get to go on some cool adventures.