The Story of Ryan Hayes and His Incredible Classmates

Students Love and Support Each Other
Posted on 03/06/2018
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A pasta dinner fundraiser for the Hayes family is planned for March 18 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron (3300 Morewood Road). 

Ryan Hayes is a sophomore at FHS; and his mother, Gwen ​Dee Hayes, ​is the piano teacher at Miller​ South School for Visual and Performing Arts.​ Ryan is a member of ​two​ choirs at Firestone​ CLC​ as well as other teams/clubs. A little ​more than​ two weeks ago, the ​Firestone CLC ​Symphonic Choir ​traveled​ to Chicago to attend a professional national conference of music directors. Upon return, Ryan ​became ill with the flu, was hospitalized in ​intensive care at ​Akron ​Children's​ Hospital​ and has ​suffered a series​ of complications ​-- among them, pneumonia​ and organ failure.

​Ryan​ had been ​connected to ​various pieces of equipment in ICU and has been in critical condition for nearly two weeks. ​Thousands of prayers have been said for Ryan and his family. The community has really rallied for the family. In Gwen's words, "The unity of our community has built a fortress of love and support beyond my wildest imagination."

Last Friday, the F​irestone​ Men's ​C​horus, Women's ​C​horusand Symphonic Choir competed in the regional O​hio ​Music ​E​ducation ​A​ssociation​ adjudicated event. Ryan is a member of two of the choirs. He couldn't be there, but the kids took him along ​in spirit.

​Today, ​Ryan is recovering. ​He's s​till in ICU but doing much better. The ​Firestone and Miller South communities are doing​ much to support the family. The ​Firestone CLC​ Bowling Team ha​d a fundraiser at Chipotle ​with​ ​p​roceeds ​that normally would support the bowling team​ now being delivered to the Hayes family. Lines at the restaurant were out the door, we're told.

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