Follow along and read about how Ryan spent his final days surrounded by those he loved the most... his FAMILY.

You can follow my blog at: Our life in Letters to Ryan

June 27, 2009


My name is Margie Hess, my husband Ryan was diagnosed on June 12, 2009 with a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Since this is an aggressive form of T-Cell Lymphoma, his doctor has put him on an aggressive chemo regimen that will result in him being unable to work for the next 4-6 months and possibly longer. At the time of diagnosis he was finishing up his 1st year as a Podiatry Resident at the V.A. in Tucson, AZ. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two children, Hallie (5) and Max (2). By the end of this month (June 2009), Ryan will use up the last of his vacation and sick leave and will have to go on unpaid leave. Ryan is the sole provider for our family; I stay at home with both the kids. Without him working we have no income. I need to stay home to help care for him, so I cannot get a job right now, either. As difficult as it is for our family to have to ask for help, we have realized that we must do so at this time.
We were told that any federal employee (ie: military, Border Patrol, DEA, FBI, Dept of Justice, EPA etc. EXCEPT Post Office employees) can donate vacation time to be used as sick leave for another Federal employee.
We would be so thankful for any number of extra paid days we can accumulate.
Thank you so much.

How can you help if you ARE a Federal Employee?

Go to your HR department and request to donate leave to Ryan Hess who works for the VA. (Your HR person will know the form that needs to be filled out- each Federal agency has their own form to donate leave)

Once filled out and signed, the HR person will then need to fax or e-mail the form to:

OLIVIA McCLURE - Benefits Specialist (TUCSON V.A.)
Phone #: (520) 792-1450 x 6076
Fax # : (520) 629-1849 attn: Olivia McClure

E-Mail :

ALSO, for those who are federal employees, please print out this message and post it in break/lunch rooms to help get the word out as well as emailing it to co-workers!

How to help if you are NOT a Federal Employee:

PASS this along to ANYONE and EVERYONE that you know and then ask them to pass the message along. Post it on blogs, Facebook...whatever you can think of.
Thanks again everyone- this will help SO much!

(E-mail to send a message!)


Blair said...


I love the blog. It's great way to keep us updated.
I wanted to see if you could put the account info(at Wells Fargo)that has been set up for Ryan and the family on the blog as well. There are alot of people who are not Federal employees that may want to help in case there is not enough leave being donated. This is a good way for people who are not Federal employees to help. If you can put this info under your tab "PLEASE HELP RYAN" it would be great. I would like to be able to send the blog address to people so they can help.
By the way does the play station have 2 controls. I may have to come by and play it with Ryan.
Talk to you both later.

WELLS FARGO- $ can be deposit into:

Ryan Hess Donation Fund
I was told people do NOT need account numbers, they only need the account/fund name and Wells will take care of the rest. Also only you and Ryan are able to have access to the funds.

Tatiana said...

Such an awesome blog Margie! Great way to keep everyone updated! I pray for all of you everyday, I just can't imagine how difficult this is for your family! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Love you!