Ryan Buchanan was a vibrant, fun-loving 17 year old who loved playing the guitar, drums, keyboards and any other musical instrument he could get his hands on. He loved to sing and dance, play Lacrosse, surf, skateboard and participate in other sports, cook and eat (what 17 year old boy doesn’t like to eat?) and hang out with his many friends. What Ryan loved to do most, however, was to make other people feel welcome, included and special. His unassuming, outgoing and pleasant nature allowed him to time and again approach anyone and everyone and invite them to come to an event, join in an activity or simply to say hello and/or give someone a hug. As a result, Ryan has a lot of friends; and quite frankly, more of what many would call “best friends” than anyone else on the planet. Anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of making Ryan’s acquaintance knows what I’m talking about.
On June 25, 2011 an incident occurred that changed the course of Ryan’s young life. While on a trip to a beach in Santa Cruz, CA with his church’s youth group, a sand tunnel he and a friend were digging suddenly collapsed on them. As God would have it, his friend was rescued within minutes and escaped unharmed. For Ryan, this was not the case. While rescuers did everything they could to dig him out of the seven-foot deep hole, they could not get to him quickly enough; the result, having been deprived of oxygen for the better part of 15 minutes, anoxic brain injury and a state of persistent vegetation.
Four years later, thanks to the care of his nursing staff, family members, friends and the support of many through generous donations of both time and money, volunteering and prayer support, Ryan is now comfortably resting at home in a room built specifically to cater to his condition. We Praise God for His provision in caring for our son!
Ryan’s love and concern for others stems from his Christian faith. His desire on the day of his incident was “to touch at least one person for Christ”. Well, those of you who have followed along in this website for the past four years, know that more than one person has been touched for our Lord and Savior. I for one, have been touched, as I’m sure have many of you.
This website is here to remind you that life on earth is short, and to encourage you to live each moment on and with purpose. It is also here to let you know that to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. And, we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Be comforted by these truths.
Ryan loves God, and has definitely been called according to His purpose. Even in his current condition, Ryan is serving a purpose for the Lord; something that his heart has always longed to do. Please pray that God will heal his body so he may continue to do the Lord’s work with even more zest and vigor.
MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”