One of the new tumors was inside Ryan’s spinal cord paralyzed him from the midchest down. Ryan continued to meet this challenge with courage, strength, humor, and wisdom far beyond his years. His parents, Kristen and Bob, call him their hero. On Wednesday August 10, 2011, wrapped in the love of his parents, Ryan went home to God. He’s free now, free from his pain, free from his suffering, free from having to fight.