Baby Ryan and his untimely death

When #NursesUnite, beautiful things happen.

In March I received a message from a #ShowMeYourStethoscope member about a very sick little boy. Ryan LaSource had been fighting cancer for most of his young life. At 3 years old he had leukemia with 3 relapses. (Four total)  He developed Graft vs Host. His skin was so painful that he could only wear bamboo cloth.

Naturally, the thought of this baby being in pain for the lack of a few (somewhat expensive) pieces of clothing made me ill. I wrote a blog and included a wish list. SMYS read this blog ( ) and jumped in to help. Ryan soon had the clothes he needed.

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However, Ryan died in his comfortable clothes, which were purchased with your love. Thank you for making this baby’s last months more comfortable. Thank you for being part of the SMYS community.

We will send flowers from you to Ryan’s parents, who have begun a long,dark journey without him. I am well-acquainted with this path, myself and hoped that they would never join me on it.






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  • Annie Gudenrath says:

    Ah small red haired beautiful angel boy/ off to bless others with his gifts…his parents to mourn, and then to grab hold of his sweet life in their hearts/ their strength to go on/ one small angel boy with a smile so sweet it hurts to see reminding them of God’s greatest blessings contained in such a sweet being- and for such a brief time.

  • B says:

    Rest in peace, sweet sweet boy. May all your pain disappear as you’re folded in angel wings. May your parents remember the joy of your smile, and find peace in their hearts, and comfort in the arms of all those whom your life has touched.

  • Rhonda says:

    I’ve followed this child’s journey, but only for the last few weeks. In that short amount of time, he touched my heart. His parents have unimaginable Grace & faith. That alone amazes me. I have been praying for them, & I certainly will continue to do so. Ryan made a difference in his short life. He touched thousands of lives. What an honor to have had a small view into Ryan & his parents lives during their trials & tribulation. An inspiration they were & will always be.

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