Ryan, 16

END-STAGE Liver Disease

Ryans's Wish: "I wish to go to Italy!"
Granted By: GUTS 2017

At 16-years-old, wish kid Ryan should be living life as a typical teenager. However, being diagnosed at 10-weeks-old with a rare, incurable liver which requires a liver transplant, Ryan instead, fights to stay healthy as he battles end-stage liver disease. When presented with the opportunity to have a wish, Ryan wanted to go on an adventure of a lifetime and wished go to Italy.

While there, Ryan's love of architecture and history came alive before his eyes. He was able to explore the Colosseum while imagining the days of the gladiators, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, and stuff his stomach full of pizza and gelato! A highlight of the trip was Ryan being able to point out landmarks he recognized from his favorite video game, Assassin's Creed.

Speaking about the trip, Ryan's mom, Carissa, said "He smiled, a lot. As a family, we soaked in the joy of every moment together, taking priceless mental snapshots along the way." The memories that Ryan made are irreplaceable and will be cherished for many years to come.