Supporters raising funds for Ryan Richardson

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The Rally for Ryan tonight and Wednesday at Pup’s Steakhouse will benefit the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Ryan Richardson, a Fike High School golfer who had a liver transplant this summer.

The event is hosted by the Wilson County Junior Golf Association in partnership with We Stand Behind Ryan.

Ryan won in the boys ages 13-14 division in July’s Larry Pittman Memorial/Wilson County Junior Golf Championship, just days before receiving a liver transplant.

Tonight’s event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., will include the band TripleWide performing on the patio from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s event is also 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Jerry Coyle and Daniel Vaughan will play on the patio from 7:30 to 9:30.

Ryan, 15, was born with glycogen storage disease. Prior to transplant, his body didn’t properly metabolize glucose, and he had to closely monitor what he ate. The “cure” for the disease was a new liver.

Ryan’s mother, Mary Richardson, has told The Wilson Times in previous interviews how thankful she is for the financial support from the community.

Another fundraiser is planned for Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The youth of First United Methodist Church will host a cornhole event for COTA, in Ryan’s honor.

Cost is $10 to play.

The event will be outside, near the main parking lot behind the church on Green Street.

To sign up, call the church office at 252-237-6121 or email alysunskinner@fumcwilson.org.

Since the transplant, Ryan has had a few complications and was recently hospitalized. He has been discharged again from Duke University Medical Center and is staying in a hotel near the hospital for now while doctors monitor his recovery.

“Tomorrow makes six weeks since his liver transplant,” Mary Richardson said on Monday morning. “He just wants to get back home. He has been through so much.”

To make a secure online, tax-deductible donation or for more information on Ryan, visit www.COTAforTeamRyanR.com or visit the Facebook page We Stand Behind Ryan.