Ashley (Cousin)

When I think of Ryan, I think of how he has always been there for me, for family. We are cousins, but I have always thought of him as an older brother. He has and continues to look out for my sister and I, making sure we make wise choices about boys (aka interrogating us at all family events).

Ryan has always encouraged me – in my education and life. He was able to attend my graduation from medical school (even though those things tend to be long and boring) and I was so happy, because it felt complete with him there.

Ryan and I both tend to think we are right (not uncommon in all our family members, but this might be related to our both being second born and having to fight to be heard). This leads to ‘friendly discussions’ during our family get togethers and multiple game nights over the years.

I have so many memories I could get into.. Many trips to Cedar point and the cottage up north. Vacations to Mexico, Martha’s Vinyard and North Carolina.. so many game nights. All of these included Ryan’s jokes, smile and positive attitude.

I was honored to be a part of his wedding to Andrea. I think we can all agree that she is the best thing that ever happened to him and I am so happy that she is part of our family. They are so supportive of each other. It is amazing to see a pair of people so strong, respectful and loving. Their son, Landon, and soon Logan too, are so lucky to have such amazing parents.

Ryan- You are so strong and I know you can fight this. I love you and will always be here for you.

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