This is a picture taken from within a picture. As in all lives, Ryans picture included "significant" others. The significant other in this bigger picture was his sister Renee. There was a sharing with others elelments in Ryans life very early on. He was a givig brother to an older adopted sister with very significant special needs. He spent many early years growing up with another little person with major developmental impairments, both physical and mental. It was not an easy boyhood, but did not diminish his love for his sister or his compassion for others less fortunate. Because of the existance of programs such as the Gift of Life, Ryan continues to carry on as a caring, giving person. We know that in the nature of his outlook on others, nothing would have made him feel more rewarded.