It was the middle of summer and while working, the 18 year old noticed a homeless couple, hot and exhausted with seemingly nowhere to go. He saw them periodically throughout the day and when he got off work, there they were. As he was leaving, he pulled up next to them and asked them to get in. He then took the couple to his apartment where he provided showers, food and cold drinks. The couple couldn’t believe the kindness of such a young man. He and the couple then loaded up in his truck and, as he was taking them to the light rail station, he noticed a guy pulled over on the highway, hazard lights on. He looked over at the couple and said, “Well, we have to stop and help him.”
That young man’s name is Ryan Marshall. 4 years later, at 22 years of age, Ryan took his own life. But Ryan is and will be remembered for the love and kindness that he exemplified throughout his life. Ryan was known for always lending a helping hand to others. His friends, family members, and many times strangers were always taken by his willingness to help others. He couldn’t pass a stranded motorist without stopping to help, even towing a few to nearby repair shops. Never mind if it made him late for work or school. He accompanied his grandmother on several disaster relief trips to help those he never met, and who had lost everything. He was the person that his friends and cousins called when they needed someone to listen, as they could always count on him picking up the phone.
After his death, his family and friends remembered and honored him by practicing kindness in his name. We encourage you to follow his example of being kind to and helping others, wherever possible, thereby honoring his memory.