Ryan and Colleen shared birthdays for 39 years. They blew out each other's candles and made sure they got equal slices of cake. Ryan and Colleen laughed until their faces ached!
Ryan died as a result of a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) sustained in an accident when a cab ran a red light.
We have created a fund in his honor to raise money for research to help others with traumatic brain injuries like Ryan's. Unfortunately, current diagnostic and therapeutic tools were ineffective in helping Ryan to regain his health. The disabling effects included loss of balance, inability to play music (he had been an internationally renowned base player), difficulty concentrating for prolonged periods which made his career in event production impossible to continue, and caused his sudden and unexpected death in December of 2016 at the age of 39. Our fundraising efforts go to support research so that the next person will have a better outcome.
On April 19, 2020, our birthday weekend, Colleen had registered to do her next half marathon in Central Park. Due to coronavirus, that event was canceled, like so many others. Instead, Ryan's family and friends, together with The Buoniconti Fund, hosted a national virtual event on December 6, 2020. Colleen completed a marathon distance that day to celebrate her brother Ryan's life and to inspire hope in the research that is being done! The event was a success and will now be an annual event.
Our next race is December 2022. You can register to complete a 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, or marathon...or just get yourself around the block! You can walk, run or roll!! Registraton will be open soon.
As a family, we want to honor Ryan's life of kindness, music, amazing humor, and creativity by helping to fund research that will better diagnose and treat traumatic brain injury so that other amazing, wonderful people can be helped! Thank you so very much.
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