Sept. 29, 2005
Ryan Shelor hopes to live long enough to make it to his 21st birthday party Oct. 2 But even if he doesn’t, Ryan is counting on people to help other children who have disabilities.
He has struggled all his life to be a pretty normal kid in spite of being born with severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic gastrointestinal distress. Even though he was in a specially built wheelchair, Ryan was a cheerleader. Cheering squad members formed their cheers around him. And he went to his senior prom and several others, as the date of cheerleading friends.
The popular student at Glenvar High School where he graduated in 2005 and continues taking postgraduate classes. Disabled students such as Ryan run out of time for education, because under Virginia law public education is provided through age 21. That’s where community-based services such as the Blue Ridge Independent Living Center come into play.
Ryan’s party, which is open to the public, will be Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. at his church, Fellowship Community Church on Red Lane in Salem.
Donations may be made to the Ryan Shelor Fund through the independent living center. Donations are tax deductible may be mailed to 1502B Williamson Rd., NE, Roanoke, VA 24012. Children with special needs interested in funding should contact BRILC for applications.
– Meg Hibbert