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.
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.