Northwest NEWS

December 21, 1998


Letters and cards make birthday a special one

In October, you printed a letter from me requesting cards for my son Ryan, whose birthday was Oct. 13. Although he wasn't expected to live through the summer, Ryan had a wonderful birthday, and he is still getting letters and mail.

   But I have to tell you and your wonderful community that Ryan passed away Nov. 23. His memorial was Dec. 1.

   I'm sure Ryan broke the world record for getting the most birthday cards. It was amazing to see so much mail coming in for such a special little guy. It breaks my heart to type this, but I wanted to thank all of you and the surrounding areas for making Ryan Stowell's birthday a very special one that I will always treasure in my heart.

   Ryan is greatly missed by everyone, especially his mom. Thank you all very much!!!

Teresa Barth (Ryan's mommy forever!)