I only met him for five minutes in a hotel room in Florida when I dropped off dinner for his family.
If you can tell the character of a person by the other people in their life (and I believe you can), Ryan Schuhmacher was an amazing man. His boys were thankful and respectful despite the crowd of people in their room and joked with me as I needlessly worried about the presence of unwanted pickles on their sandwiches.
Meri is the one of the kindest, sweetest, most encouraging people I have met in the diabetes community. If anyone has a reason not to be, I would say that someone raising FOUR BOYS (three with diabetes) would have it.
About a month ago I got a text at 1 am from a number I didn’t recognize. It said
Is it awkward I asked Jess for your number ‘cause I wanted to text you like 10 times this week?? #stalkerlike #thisisnttwitter
In the midst of all of Ryan’s medical struggles, Meri took the extra time and effort to reach out to me. I am sure there are so many other stories from people in our community who Meri has supported.
Now it is our turn to support Meri. Her beloved husband Ryan passed away on Sunday morning.
Our community is all over the country and all over the world. So many of us wish we could be with Meri right now offering our love and support. While we can’t be there physically, there is something that we CAN do.
- Consider the medical bills related to three boys with diabetes.
- Consider the medical bills related to a courageous battle with cancer.
- Consider the bills related to daily living – house, electricity, phone, gas, car, etc.
- Consider just the food bills related to four growing boys!
Ryan was the sole source of income for his family. Please help us support Meri through her financial needs so that she and the boys can focus on what is really important.