Mon­treal­ers give to save Loy­ola Teacher

Montreal Times - - Front Page - By An­drew Pinck mtl­

It was on my sec­ondary three trip to Greece where Mr. Sean Ryan sat me down on an ob­scure is­land in the Mediter­ranean and told me four words that no other teacher has re­ally com­mu­ni­cated to me quite like he had: “you’ll do great things”. Four sim­ple words that have per­ma­nently etched them­selves into my brain. That have mo­ti­vated me since I was 14 years of age.And that have guided me to be­come who I am to­day.

On Novem­ber 15th, Sean Ryan was di­ag­nosed with stage 4 glioblas­toma mul­ti­forme, which is an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to reach and ag­gres­sive brain tu­mour. Upon hear­ing the news from my friend, my heart sank. I was im­me­di­ately back on that is­land lis­ten­ing to one of the wis­est and kind­est teach­ers I have ever had the plea­sure of know­ing. Mr. Ryan is by far one of the best English or Cin­ema teacher’s Loy­ola High School has ever pro­duced. Go­ing down to Mr. Ryan’s class­room at lunch to blast mu­sic on his speak­ers and try some of his home­made fudge was some of the great­est mem­o­ries I will ever take from my high school ex­pe­ri­ence. I re­mem­ber at the be­gin­ning of each year, the stu­dents would re­ceive their sched­ules. We’d all brag about hav­ing Mr. Ryan to the kids who didn’t, be­cause we knew the year was about to be leg­endary.

Sean Ryan, his wife Nathalie, and their baby boy James were shocked to hear that for what they be­lieved were symp­toms from a con­cus­sion he had suf­fered a cou­ple months prior ended up be­ing a dev­as­tat­ing stage-four brain tu­mour with lim­ited prospects.The fam­ily has thank­fully not given up hope, and are con­tin­u­ing to fight.The Loy­ola com­mu­nity that has raised me has not shied in show­ing their sup­port and ef­forts to their cause. In un­der two days, their GoFundMe, started with the pur­pose of look­ing for treat­ment meth­ods else­where, reached their goal of $100,000. The page is cur­rently sit­ting at just un­der $145,000.

Sean Ryan has given me the con­fi­dence and knowl­edge to be­come the man I am to­day.As I look back on the lessons be­stowed onto me when we sat on that is­land off the coast of Greece I am de­stroyed but thank­ful for the priv­i­lege of be­ing able to know him. Not only was he my teacher, but he was my friend. I urge any­one read­ing this to do­nate to Nathalie and Sean’s cause on their GoFundMe page, and help save such a pos­i­tive, lov­ing and in­tel­li­gent men­tor.We love you, Mr. Ryan.

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Sean Ryan, his wife Nathalie, and their baby boy James

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