Ryan and his family recently moved to the area. Ryan's mother, Holly, is originally from the area and has family nearby. Ryan is one of 4 children, and Holly is 21 years old and divorced. Holly's grandfather is a local minister in our community and they have a supportive family.
In Septemeber, Ryan was burned in an accident at home. When the accident occurred, Ryan was taken to a hospital in Syracuse, 100 miles from their home, where he remained for 4 weeks. During that time, Holly's sister took in the remaining three children and cared for them while Holly stayed in the hospital with Ryan. Combined with her own children, her sister Heather cared for 7 children, all under the age of 7 years. This has been a great financial burden on her young family. After Ryan's release from the hospital, he will be involved with both occupational and physical therapy 6 days per week. Once again Heather will be caring for Ryan's 3 siblings each day as his mother transports him to various medical appointments. The Immediate Need fund helped support these families with gas cards, food cards, and diapers.