Thinking of you often Ryan. I never had the privilege to meet you, but I feel like it would have been an honor. You have touched so many lives by your actions, words, life, courage and those left behind. A hole in my heart exists for you as it does for your family and those that did meet you. It's obvious your are an exceptional angel sent by God. You were strong, brave and courageous. As a mother myself, I can't begin to feel the loss your parents have aching for you. You were a childhood friend of my husband, Tommy Gates, and you are greatly missed by him. We feel that your spirit lives on in all the lives you touched and all your parents continue to do in your name. They are also remarkable people and you will be forever missed. I have reviewed this memorial site today and often look for new articles online about you and your parents efforts. May you be close to them and shine your angel light upon the path of others.