He lost a sudden fight with cancer.
On May 16th,2017 Aryn was checked into Glendale Memorial at the urging of his boss. He was diagnosed with pneumonia. While running a battery of tests related to his persistent coughing the staff at Glendale Memorial notices a clouding or mass in Aryn’s chest x-rays that seemed inconsistent with the pneumonia diagnosis. After several non-invasive tests failed to yield any conclusive results the hospital staff did a biopsy that revealed aggressive Stage 3 lung cancer.
Wednesday, May 31st Aryn underwent a one-hour round of chemo which he tolerated well. Aryn’s spirits were high and he was certain he would be released from the hospital soon. Under these circumstances, he had called very few friends.
Thursday, June 1st, Aryn underwent a three-hour round of chemo. It did not go well. His body responded very poorly and the hospital staff heavily sedated him. His heart beat was erratic. The doctors at Glendale Memorial informed Kristen (who had been one of his only phone calls) that if anyone wanted to say goodbye they should drop by the hospital.
Friday, June 2nd the calls started to go out. Friends of Aryn sat in the lobby sharing stories and sorting through cell phones trying to figure out who should get called next. Aryn’s hospital room which would only accommodate 2-3 visitors at a time was constantly filled. New arrivals waited patiently in the lobby and caught up with old friends as they waited for their moment with Aryn.
June 3rd 7:47 am Aryn surrendered his corporal form leaving behind hundreds of shocked friends many if not most that had not been able to make it to the hospital on such short notice.
Kristen Cunningham a true friend and former partner is handling Aryn's funeral and memorial arrangements.
The dates are July 1st and July 2nd. We will provide details like time, location, and theme (family, friends, play) in the coming days and weeks.
And much more that we will add as planning progresses.
To memorialize Aryn properly we need resources to accommodate services for his biological family and his chosen family which mean two sets of events.
We intend to provide enough notice that those that want to attend that have more difficult circumstances still have an opportunity to be present.
We would love to be able to offer those most in need aid in getting to and from one or both sets of events.
We really need the community that Aryn helped build to come together to make all of this possible.
If you cannot afford to help financially then please help by sharing this Go Fund me page. We can’t wait to see you and share space and stories.