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Posted by admin on September 22, 2014

2nd Annual 5K!  9/13/15

Since last years 5K we have been able to donate $10,000 to help 13 families.

Two different families had babies born 3 months premature.  Both spent about 6 months at Childrens hospital and were referred to us by our friends in the NICU.   Another family’s daughter has been undergoing chemo for an extended period of time.  One family in particular, is very dear to our hearts, 2 college friends had a baby born with a rare heart disease.  She’s already almost a year old but has sustained multiple open heart surgeries and will need additional surgeries down the road.  This family had to leave their home and live in Philadelphia for over a month to be close to Childrens Hospital.  While juggling the full time care their baby needs they are also raising a 3 year old girl. 

 With your help and generosity we have been able to make a difference in these families lives.  We will continue our mission to bring smiles to many faces just as Ryan did everyday.

 

RAF's 1st 5K Walk/Run 9/14/2014

Thank you to everyone that came out today and all those people that couldn't make it but still gave a donation! We had about 130 people participate and raised over $6,500! I would say our first annual 5K was a success! Can't wait until next year! Here is a little speech I gave today:Since we’ve started this foundation in 2012, we’ve been able to help over 25 families. Just to name a few: we... helped a family whose 1 year old daughter was diagnosed with eye cancer. We also helped a family whose son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder and as result will spend a lot of time at Children’s hospital. Another family from NH had to move to Boston because of the constant care their daughter required. We were able to give a generous donation to help this family make a down payment on a house. Similar to our situation, many of these families often lose half their income because one parent has to stay home to care for their child. 

Many of the people we’ve helped have been referred to us by family and friends just like you. So please keep us in mind if you know of anyone dealing with a medically complex child.

Ryan has helped us realize what is important in life and being able to pay it forward has allowed us to grieve and have a positive impact on the lives of many struggling families. Thank you for giving up your Sunday morning to come out and support Ryan’s Angels. None of this would be possible without your generosity.  Stephanie & Chris  

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Project Share a Smile

In the spirit of Christmas, we wanted to share a great story of an organization that we were introduced to. Many of you know our great friend from PC, Erik Camp. Erik is in the Physician's Assistant Program at the Mass College of Pharmacy and as part of the program he and his class partnered with a charity of their choice to raise money in support of the organization. Through the program, Erik was introduced to a Tufts student named Taylor Levesque who started a charity called Project Share a Smile. 

Project Share a Smile donates tote bags filled with puzzles books, art supplies, reading books, small toys and stuffed animals to children at 11 New England area hospitals. The purpose of the project is to brighten the days of children who are staying in the hospital. Stef and I know all to well what hospital life is like and the moments of generosity we experienced stick out in the midst of those difficult days. The kindness bestowed on us was amazing and ever since then we wanted to do our part to Pay it Forward. You never truly know what people are going through and how difficult having a sick child is, until you experience it yourself.

We were fortunate enough to have a very successful golf tournament in October and have been on the look out for families and organizations to help. When we first heard about Taylor's mission, we knew this was a perfect organization to partner with to help bring smiles to the faces of sick children and their families. With our donation to her foundation, Taylor will be able to give out 80 more gift bags. 

Believe me when I tell you it feels great to help someone, try it and I promise you will understand the saying, it is far better to give than to receive! If you know of anyone that is dealing with extended hospital stays, please let us know so we can help them. Pay it Forward this holiday season!

Blog Entry Thursday May 16th 2013

Sunday March 24th marked our second official fundraiser. We were blessed to have Candace Dalton Spirit Medium do a group reading at the American Legion in Canton. We had about 80 people participate and many were blessed with messages from their loved ones. In settings like this it is difficult for everyone to be read but we plan on doing this again in the future, so hopefully next time your chance will come! Ryan stopped by to say hello and Candace confirmed that Ryan's short stay was part of his soul contract and that he came into our family to inspire us to help others. By starting this foundation, we have been able to do just that. Thank you to all of you that made it out and for those of you that continue to support us as we grow our foundation. Our goal is to continue to spread the amazing love surrounding Ryan and his new little sister Callie Grace!

One of the families we helped had a young daughter undergoing a heart transplant at Children's. We know all to well what it is like to be in and out of the hospital and knowing that others are thinking of you and praying for you helps make that burden a bit easier. Here is a website to one of the families that we were able to support:http://www.bearock4katy.blogspot.com/. After her recent heart transplant, Katy is doing great, you can track her progress here: http://www.murphy216.blogspot.com/

We are relying on our friends and family to continue to refer families that are in need of our financial support. We have made a great start but we know there are many others out there that could use the money to mitigate all of the expenses that come up when dealing with complex medical situations.

Blog Entry May 17, 2013

A few weeks ago we sent a check to a family with a young boy who has had multiple heart surgeries as well as several other medical issues. His mom needed to take unpaid leave from work so we wanted to help them as they navigate these difficult times.