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New Hampshire

November 1, 2013

Thinking pink, Windham boy earns spot on national TV

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Ryan was accompanied on the show by his mother and his older brother, Andrew.

Andrew, 15, a student at Central Catholic High in Lawrence, stuck up for his little brother on social media, encouraging Ryan’s schoolmates to wear pink, too.

They did.

Ryan estimates a couple of hundred students showed up to school wearing pink.

“It was awesome seeing all that pink,” he said.

“That really was a positive thing, all the students supporting him,” Kim Marotta said.

“The teachers didn’t even know,” she said.

Ryan, a seventh-grader, is an all-star quarterback with the Windham Wolveries youth football team.

He was just five when his mother, since recovered, suffered with cancer.

“This was quite a tribute to me that he made,” Kimberly Marotta said.

“I adore my son,” she said. “I give him a lot of credit.”

Ryan said he wanted to show support for his mother, other cancer survivors and those suffering from cancer today.

Ryan’s learned a lesson from all this.

“Don’t be afraid to support something you know is good,” he said.

 

 

 

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