January 25, 2006

More help arriving for Marine and family

By Paul Brooks
Times Herald-Record
pbrooks@th-record.com

Ellenville - There's an answer for the concerns of the mid-Hudson, and the answer is that Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan and his family have a way for people to help.

Chris Ryan, Eddie's dad, has been fighting every day for his son, who was wounded in Iraq.

Angie, Eddie's mom, is at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. That's where Eddie is in rehabilitation for the bullet to the brain he took April 13. But time is running out at the hospital. Eddie is on track to come home in weeks.

The family house on Wintish Road outside Ellenville needs work to accommodate Eddie and the care he will need at home.

The mid-Hudson has stepped up to help one of its finest.

"I would send money for Sgt. Ryan, but I have no address," Nancy Sears of Middletown wrote in an e-mail. Angie says the family has an M&T Bank account in Eddie's name where people can send donations for him.

It's M&T Bank, Ellenville Branch, 80 N. Main St., Ellenville, NY 12428. The Web site for Eddie - www.helpeddieryan.com - will be up and running in a day or two as well. Donations can be made there, according to family friend Christy Hodus.

Judy Ting of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Monroe said the store wants to raise money for Eddie. Proceeds from the traditional "Run Like the Wind" race in Ellenville May 21 will go to help Eddie Ryan.

"We are looking for any and all sponsors to help make this a great fundraising event for the Ryan family," said Rob Baxter, race director.

Ben Salzano of BuiltRite Construction stands ready with Marines he knows to help. So does builder Tim Eavens of Eavens Contracting in Walden.

This article appeared in The Times Herald-Record on 1/25/06

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