Ryan was a healthy, happy three-year old until the last week of her life. After spending the weekend laughing and playing, Ryan spent much of Monday exhibiting signs of exhaustion. On Tuesday exhaustion was joined by fever and nausea, and on Wednesday June 27, 2007 she was seen by her pediatrician and immediately sent to the closest hospital.
Within a few hours, she was airlifted to Georgetown University Hospital suffering from Acute Liver Failure. The following day she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her liver never recovered causing severe brain trauma. Just five days in the hospital, Ryan passed away in her Mommy’s arms while Daddy held her hand. Nearly three years on, here is the story of Ryan's Mini Adventure...
Ryan was a big fan of Coldplay. At two, she could point out each band member and tell you their name and instrument. We spent hours and hours together listening to their music and watching concert videos... she was my true Coldplay buddy. I had planned to take her to a show on the next tour which would have been Viva La Vida but it wasn't to be...
Ryan was just three when she passed away suddenly two years ago. In an effort to keep our daughters memory alive, we started a project called, Ryan's MINI Adventure. We invite people to take her favorite toy, her Red Matchbox MINI Cooper on journeys near and far to visit, meet, and experience all the wonders that this earth and beyond has to offer. Each journey is captured in a photo. In fact, her little red MINI just returned from trips to Antarctica, Stonehenge and the International Space Station, but there are many places yet to visit. If you think you might want to participate or just want to see some cool photos, please visit... www.ryansminiadventure.com
The website has a lot more information and all of the photos, but for anyone interested in having a loaner MINI sent to them, they can write to [email protected]. Currently, there are MINIs in South Africa, New Zealand, Oklahoma, Legoland, and en route to Vietnam and Cambodia. More feedback on Ryan's Mini Adventure is at the Coldplay forum here onwards. [thanks jbarry5503]
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