"In our Global Community Newsletters, I've mentioned it brings me great healing & comfort to hear about how my son Ryan has impacted your life. I’d like to share a few Testimonials that touched my heart."
- Donna Shepard, Co-Founder
What an extraordinary job you have done with Ryan. I was not close friends with him, but did share a warm connection through his work. He always made himself available to share information and answer questions when I reached out to him. I had a brief conversation with him a few months before he crosssed over.
I fell into a sadness when I heard the news of the accident and then his passing. I went to the cathedral to light novenas for him and to share a conversation and wish him well in spirit. Two days later Ryan showed up in a dream. I have only shared the details of the dream with my husband. It was so very vivid and I feel in my heart I got a chance to say goodbye and (and maybe Ryan had a sense for my genuine sadness). In the dream he had his bags packed and explained that he only had a few days before would be moving on.
Interestingly in the dream he shared some specific advice about how I should proceed with a project and he advised me to snap out of the funk. He was upbeat, very lively, and moving with great purpose. I woke up that morning with a true feeling of peace and gratitude.
He touched my life and I heard him speak fondly of you on more than one occasion.
God bless you. He loves you so much and bragged about you in joy... the bond he has with you will echo through eternity...xo
I'm delighted you will continue his work and wish you the best with all.
I am just receiving this heartbreaking news, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My name is Amy Marlin and I reside in Wayzata, Minnesota. I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan 2 years ago with plans to collaborate with the Super Bowl here in Minnesota. We stayed in touch over the years and I became very familiar with his organization and true passion to help others. I can still see his smile lighting up an entire room. He truly had a skill set that was God-Given. I know you must have been so proud of all his accomplishments.
This is just so tragic to hear this news, especially during this Worldly crisis. I am sending you my deepest condolences and truly hope that you will find comfort in knowing that he blessed so many lives, including mine. I look forward to continuing to remain active with Ryan’s movement and I wish that I would have had more time to spend with him and learn about the magic behind his creative ways. We definitely were alike in so many ways and we felt that connection right away. I know that your heart is so heavy right now.
I am so sorry once again for his passing, he truly will always have a special place in my heart and bless you for raising such a beautiful soul!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always!!
Hello Donna and Michelle,
How nice to receive this in my inbox this Easter morning and how wonderful to read about the things you are doing and that you are continuing Ryan’s Legacy.
We think about Ryan often and still hard to believe he is not with us anymore.
I still remember when my Dad was in the Hospital during his last days and Donna you and your Mom and Ryan were all here with us and then all of a sudden Ryan disappears for a day and then returns with Daryl and that awesome last goodbye from Uncle Robert to Dad, that is just the kind of guy he was and the way he rolled.
We are still so sorry we missed Ryan’s service when this covid19 plague is over we do want to come to CA for a nice visit.
Keep staying safe and Gods Peace and love to you.
Love Mike and Gloria
I loved RYAN so very much and I’m heartbroken with his loss, our loss.
I was always ready to help him when he asked because of his mission and because I believed in his potential. I was tough on him as a mentor because I loved him. And I know that he knew and felt that deeply. I was so optimistic when he was in Costa Rica.
God had a special plan for your son, one that we can never fully know. He sure made a difference while he was with us.
Please take special care of yourself at this time. We all feel the occasional pangs of sadness and disbelief. While we know that he’s situated in heaven it’s still so painful for us down here.
I wish you peace.
With great love,
David M. Corbin
I wanted to offer my condolences for you and your family. You don't know us, but my co-founder, Deepak (cc'd), and I knew Ryan through the City Summit he put on every year. As a pair of young entrepreneurs, Ryan gave us an opportunity to grow our brand and network at the City Gala and told us that he believed in what we were doing - this was instrumental for a pair of just-out-of-college 20 somethings.
We feel a sense of loss because we know he had so much more to give to his mission and cause but we are hopeful and find grace in the fact that he inspired so many, because we are living proof of it.
We are deeply saddened by your loss and wish you strength moving forward.
with Hope and Love,
My deepest condolences. I know that Ryan's work will live on and for that you must be immeasurably proud.
As a victim of a car accident who was lucky enough to carry on, despite a SCI, I know it's more difficult for the loved ones than anything , and I hope you are surrounded with much love during this horrific time.