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A person’s life is often told through stories and pictures. In spite of being diagnosed with MS in 2001, my life prior to May 2013, when I was diagnosed with PML (a brain infection), is reflected in the stories of my family trips to Costa Rica, fishing with friends in Alaska and Oregon, camping for a week in Yellowstone for a bachelor party, and the simple home time spent with my other half, to name a few. Prior to May 2013, I helped to manage a team at Ventana Medical Systems named BMAC that made antibodies and control tissue for cancer diagnosis. Unfortunately, the combination of MS and PML has done considerable damage to my nerves and my brain. I took for granted, like most people, the little things in life, like walking, speaking clearly or even getting in and out of bed; I don’t anymore, I can’t. I am now confined to a wheelchair, have unclear speech, double-vision, and many other limitations that has resulted in my inability to care for myself. I would like to live a more independent life again, and walk again.

It is difficult to ask for help, and it is something that does not come easily for me. However, there are some things that would help me to attain some relief from my high healthcare, needed new AC (its 112 outside and the heat really negatively affects my MS) and caregiver costs (8-10 thousand a year), insurance deductibles and premiums (about 7 thousand a year). Unfortunately, insurance does not cover caregivers and daily medical needs.

Updates (1)

March 8, 2016

Last week, I got to try a demo glider.

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May 7, 2016

Happy Birthday!!


May 7, 2016

Your strength and fighting spirit inspires us every day. Proud to call you our friend!

Maria, Tricia, Frank, Pat, Phil, Erik, and Angela

April 19, 2016

Stay strong Ryan. We really miss you at Ventana.


April 9, 2016

You have been one of the bravest young men I have ever met. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Stay strong and never give up. You have a lot of people that are praying for you.

Cindy Connolly