This is my nephew, Ryley. He was sadly taken from us at the young age of 12 years old. On October 25, 2022, I received a heart-wrenching call that he was in an accident and was being taken by Care flight to Dayton Children’s. After a full workup and tests, it was determined Ryley was brain dead. My family was in complete shock and heartbroken. As an employee of CTS, I know the donation process, so I explained to my sister what would happen next to prepare her. I advised someone would be coming in to discuss organ and tissue donation. My sister and her husband were instantly on board with donation. They knew he was always trying to help others and this would be a way for him to continue to do so.
Starting from a very young age, Ryley was one to steal your heart the minute you met him. As he grew older, he was the typical boy. Loved sports, fishing, and riding his four-wheeler. Ryley was a very active young man who played soccer and basketball. He was always looking out for others and trying to protect them. He was able to help so many with his organ and tissue donation. We have already received a letter from a recipient who received a total ankle replacement. Although we are all still trying to cope with our tragic loss, we have comfort in knowing he was able to help so many people.