Rally for Ryan

I am excited to announce that I am taking part in a fundraiser for Ryan Cavanaugh of Nashua Thursday evening!  Ryan is a 10 year-old boy who has been afflicted with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue, his entire life. He already had open-heart surgery once when he was 21 months old.

Ryan will undergo open-heart surgery to replace two heart valves and his aortic root.  His surgery is scheduled for March 12.  Unfortunately, his family found out that the surgery was needed only within the past few weeks, after a recent MRI. Doctors said the surgery would have to be scheduled as soon as possible.

A parent of a student at his school (Charlotte Avenue Elementary School) Nicole Dane and the principal have organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Thursday, March 5th.

I will be there with a studio lighting set up to do quick portraits for $20 each and I am donating 100% of the proceeds to Ryan’s medical costs and a photo book for Ryan.

I’m going to have people who are photographed write their best wishes to Ryan and I will include them in the photo book.  I’m also working with the school to have kids in his class do drawings which will be included in the book for Ryan.  My hope is that some of his classmates can participate in presenting the photo book to him.

If you are interested in going, it’s at the Charlotte Avenue Elementary School in Nashua Thursday night at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

I spoke with the principal today and she said there’s at least 150 people coming, and they have food for 600, so hopefully we can raise more money with portraits to match as closely as possible the funds raised from the spaghetti dinner.

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