Provide respite and end-of-life care to children

$12,219 $7,781
Raised Remaining
Apr 25, 2012

Ryan House Shining Star


An infectious laugh and love of music is what you’ll encounter when you meet 5-year-old Donovan. You’d never know he was born at one pound, 11 ounces along with his identical twin, Darrius, who passed away at just 6-days-old.  Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Cortical Visual Impairment, severe mental retardation and prone to seizures, Donovan never learned to walk or crawl, and will never develop fine motor skills. 

“The qualified staff at Ryan House not only provides respite and peace of mind, but they know me! I call three to four times a day and that is ok!” mom, Toya, said. Donovan loves the sensory room and hydrotherapy pool–things he doesn’t get at home and his journal is FULL of loving notes from the staff. “Sometimes parents, especially a single parent, needs a break and may not even realize it until they have one,” she said. “I don’t know what I would do without Ryan House. I don’t know how I did it without it.”



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Ryan House

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Brett Stempel

Phoenix, AZ United States

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