Ryan's Cancer Free, goFundme

On a typical day during the school year, you’ll find Ryan doing his part to positively impact childrens’ lives, as a teacher at Bucksport High School, in Bucksport, Maine.  You might find him working the high school football game, or serving as an officiant to one of the FIVE couples he has married, or perhaps, scaring kids and adults alike, at Ghostport, Bucksport’s annual Halloween festival.  He continues the proud Woodward tradition of being an educator at the local high school, where our father taught for many years.  He was recently diagnosed with Stage 4, non-Hodgkins Burkitts Lymphoma, after being ill with what was originally diagnosed as Lyme disease.  As he recently spent his 33rd birthday, in the hospital receiving chemotherapy, we are left to wonder, once again, why us?

Our father, Scott Woodward, once a beloved and respected teacher at Bucksport High School, passed away tragically in 2001, due to a rare ascending thoracic aortic aneurysm after suffering from an aortic dissection the year before.  During the winter of 2008, we had a significant house fire, which required months of repair.   Shortly after, Patrick Woodward, our oldest brother, passed away at the age of 30, due to dilated cardiomyopathy, after proudly serving our country in the Air Force.  David Gray, Ryan’s uncle, once a renowned local artist, with several pieces of art displayed at local galleries, now fights dementia due to a rare progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder.  This disease has robbed him of his ability to paint, to care for himself, and now requires constant care from the help of our mother.  What was almost a storybook childhood, enjoying everything that Penobscot and Bucksport has to offer, has recently been marred in tragedy and sadness, and with Ryan’s diagnosis, we have almost reached the breaking point.  He is and has been our rock, our gentle giant, our big teddy bear, and he needs our help, and we are hopeful, that as you read this, you can help us too. 

The funds from this campaign will be used to pay for medical bills and to repair his car.  It needs new brakes and whatever repairs are necessary to pass vehicle inspection.  This is the primary vehicle for the trips from Bucksport to Bangor where he will continue his chemotherapy.  Any remaining funds will be used to repair the front porch, which has nearly succumbed to years of harsh Maine winters, and the downstairs bathroom, which needs plumbing and structural repairs to be suitable for Ryan’s use.  Due to his illness, he can no longer use the stairs, and must relocate to a downstairs bedroom.  If money cannot be donated, we welcome any services that would be donated to help us achieve our goals. 

We thank you for taking the time to read our campaign, and wish everyone blessings, good health, and happiness this Holiday Season.
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Emily Woodward 
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