Ryan's college fund

$61,533 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 583 people in 29 months
This sweet child has been raised by a single mother her entire life.   Due to her mother's health problems, she's bounced around from house to house and even spent time in foster care.   A year and a half ago, she was reunited with her mother, whose health had seemingly improved.
Now, at 17, she just got the devastating news that her mother has only a couple of weeks to live.  There's no father and no immediate family where she lives.  She's a strong student, who is graduating from high school in a couple of months.  She's been very involved in clubs at her school, including drama and choir.  She's an amazing singer and the president of her high school chorus.  She's been accepted to several universities and I want to make sure she has money to attend.  
Due to Jen's illness, she hasn't been able to work for years and her only income has been disability.  She has no real assets to leave her daughter.  This beautiful girl has been living on her own for five weeks while her mom is in the hospital - taking care of herself, feeding herself, paying the bills, getting herself to and from school and keeping up her grades.  
She has been offered some scholarship money and her  wonderful school counselor is working on getting her every penny she can.  She'll also take out loans and work her way through.  But imagine going to college with no parents to help guide you.  Imagine not having that support system.  Imagine having no funds.
Thanks to her life experiences and a counselor who has believed in her and inspired her, Ryan has found her calling.  She's like to be a high school counselor and someday help a kid like her.
Having a little nest egg won't bring her mom back, but it will eliminate one of the biggest stresses in her life right now.  I've known Ryan since the day she was born and I was lucky enough to have her live in my home for awhile and be part of my family.  I can tell you that she and I will both be so incredibly grateful for any donations and you will be helping a very special child become a remarkable adult.
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I just wanted to send out an update for all of you who care about Jennifer and Ryan and were so kind to donate to her college fund this year. Ryan just finished her freshman year at Suffolk University in Boston. She had a bit of a rough start being in a new place and still getting used to her new reality. But she made some great friends and was very happy there her second semester.

I'm so proud that she finished the year with a 3.3 GPA. She received an academic scholarship to cover a portion of her college costs. She also had a work study job in a day care. She's decided she'd like to become a teacher. Education definitely runs in her family. Ryan is back in D.C. for the summer. She'll return to Suffolk in the fall. She is trying to raise money to do her sophomore second semester on Suffolk's Madrid campus.

I will leave this fund open for anyone who wishes to donate towards her sophomore year of college. Despite having a work-study job and some scholarship money, college and living expenses during college are expensive! Ryan is also looking for a summer job in D.C., so please let us know if you have any contacts looking for summer help.

And as always, Ryan and the entire Frey family are grateful to everyone who has shown so much love, caring and generosity to Ryan. Knowing there are so many people out there who care about her has made a real difference in her life.
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People have been reaching out as a result of the Deadspin article that came out today. While none of us were excited to see the negatives revisited in print, I again got to remember some amazing stories and Jennifer's larger than life talent and personality. The good memories will always overshadow the bad and I hope that Jen is best remembered for amazing intellect, talent and lust for life. To know Jen was to love her and the many friends who have contributed here make that so apparent.

As Ryan gets closer to her first college semester finals, I can report that she is doing phenomenally well in her classes. I can't describe the pride I felt when she texted me a picture of her first college math test with a big fat 100 written across the top in red pen. That has been followed by plenty more. She just received the only A in the class on a writing assignment, proving what many of us already know....she inherited all of her mom's best qualities.

For those who never met this extraordinary child, but were moved to donate, we thank you. She misses her mom terribly, but knows how much she was always loved. She's going to do tremendous things with her life and continuously makes me and the others who know her so very proud. And I appreciate all of you generous donors. Even with financial aid and scholarships, money goes fast in college, so I will keep this fund going so that it can pay for as many years as possible. Love you, Rye!
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Thanks to all of your generosity, Ryan's tuition was paid at Suffolk University today. Ryan received a Dean's scholarship and the university was generous with its financial aid package due to her unique situation. Ryan will also have a work study job on campus. She has been working this summer as a preschool aid to earn spending money for school. And thanks to the university and all the love from you friends of the Frey family, Ryan will not have to take out any loans this school year. As you can imagine, that is a huge burden that you have helped take off of her. She is incredibly grateful to everyone. I am going to keep this fund open to anyone who wants to donate again at some point. Also, we have a school fund set up for her with Bank of America that I am monitoring and doling out for tuition, books, food and any other school expenses. Therefore, if you bank through BofA and want to donate to Ryan, I can give you instructions to transfer directly to that account, which saves the percentage that is taken here. Feel free to email me with any questions at jody@childchamp.com. Ryan heads to Boston in a couple of weeks for her new adventure.

Much love from Ryan, me and the entire Frey family.

Jody
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We had a lovely ceremony to celebrate Jennifer's life Saturday in D.C. So many people from all walks of life attended, from hometown friends, to Harvard friends, to industry friends. A group of female sportswriters traveled from all over the country to honor her as a friend, a colleague and an inspiration. Ryan gave the most beautiful tribute to her mom that I have ever heard, telling stories that were funny, sad and triumphant. Everyone was incredibly impressed by the strength, intelligence, beauty and poise of this remarkable girl.
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Heather McLeod Grant
28 months ago
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Ryan, I'm so sorry for your loss. The world has indeed lost a talented writer and gifted woman. Please know that I and another classmate are working on getting you some additional funding for your college fund. I've reached out to Jody about it and am hoping we can connect directly. Meanwhile, please know that there are many people rooting for you. I last saw you when you were only 3 or 4, so you won't remember me - but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. xo Heather

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Linda Reynolds Stern
20 months ago
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Where is her brother?

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AaNikola Marković
20 months ago

Community college?

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Sundas Zia
20 months ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web:: ╚═►╚═► ╚═►╚═►www.factoryofincome.com

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Libby Copeland
23 months ago

Jody, thank you for doing this, and for helping Ryan so much as she starts college.

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Elizabeth Cosin
28 months ago

Thinking of you both and sorry Jen we did not manage to get on the phone. You are in my thoughts always and I'll always remember our crazy Adventures in Sportswriting. Girl could you write. :-) Ryan, keep my name handy . If there's ever anything you need, don't hesitate to get in touch. Love to you both.

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Sue Sisak Keller
28 months ago

Wishing you both Love, Light and Peace during this time of transition and as Ryan begins her own new journey to college and beyond! So grateful for the opportunity to contribute just a bit of ease and know that we are here to help-please ask and let us know how we can be of service in the years to come -xoxoxo a H'90 classmate

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very proud of your accomplishments. I ask God to bless you and watch over you

Heather McLeod Grant
28 months ago
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Ryan, I'm so sorry for your loss. The world has indeed lost a talented writer and gifted woman. Please know that I and another classmate are working on getting you some additional funding for your college fund. I've reached out to Jody about it and am hoping we can connect directly. Meanwhile, please know that there are many people rooting for you. I last saw you when you were only 3 or 4, so you won't remember me - but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong. xo Heather

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Linda Reynolds Stern
20 months ago
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Where is her brother?

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AaNikola Marković
20 months ago

Community college?

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Sundas Zia
20 months ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web:: ╚═►╚═► ╚═►╚═►www.factoryofincome.com

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Libby Copeland
23 months ago

Jody, thank you for doing this, and for helping Ryan so much as she starts college.

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Elizabeth Cosin
28 months ago

Thinking of you both and sorry Jen we did not manage to get on the phone. You are in my thoughts always and I'll always remember our crazy Adventures in Sportswriting. Girl could you write. :-) Ryan, keep my name handy . If there's ever anything you need, don't hesitate to get in touch. Love to you both.

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Sue Sisak Keller
28 months ago

Wishing you both Love, Light and Peace during this time of transition and as Ryan begins her own new journey to college and beyond! So grateful for the opportunity to contribute just a bit of ease and know that we are here to help-please ask and let us know how we can be of service in the years to come -xoxoxo a H'90 classmate

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