Ryan's college fund
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.
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.
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!
Much love from Ryan, me and the entire Frey family.
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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Jody, thank you for doing this, and for helping Ryan so much as she starts college.
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.
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