Ryan Patrick Kishbaugh was born in Edison, NJ on July 26, 1984. He grew up the middle of three sons. He had one brother, Chris who was 18 months older and one brother, Sean who was 14 months younger. After several moves around the country with the US Army the Kishbaugh family finally settled in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1993. Ryan was an exceptional young man who seemed to excel at everything he endeavored. He was an outstanding student, graduating second in his HS Class and had been accepted into Princeton University. He was an amazing athlete and participated in soccer and basketball on the Varsity level. He was also a dedicated volunteer and won the 2001 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. He was a devoted son, loving brother, faithful friend and a true leader among his peers. Ryan was a very determined and strong willed individual who was always willing to put in that little extra. That is what set him apart. It was his willingness to put in that little extra, whether it was in the classroom, on the soccer field, on the basketball court, or battling cancer that led him to success in all aspects of his short life. Ryan chose to make a difference with the allotted time he was given on this earth. He died at the age of 18 from complications of a bone marrow transplant on 1/3/2003 after a valiant 15 month battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
Ryan's book, Run Because You Can - My Personal Race with Cancer is available for purchase for 19.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling. Embark on a 15 month journey with one young man as he is diagnosed with cancer during his senior year in high school. Experience the physical and emotional challenges that he faced as he tried to live as normal a life as possible with a fatal disease. Be inspired and motivated by his words of wisdom. To order send check or money order to Ryan P. Kishbaugh Memorial Foundation, PO Box 58034, Fayetteville, NC 28305.
"So do a favor for me and whatever you're doing today, just go out and RUN, somewhere, anywhere, just RUN because you can" - RPK (written 3 days after receiving his bone marrow transplant)