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Two Relays for Ryan

Ryan Stradling of Banks performed with his “New Vintage Trio” at Relay for Life of Beaverton last summer on a volunteer basis, just to support the cause.

“They were really popular. I remember that band,” said Samantha Savage, mission delivery and advocacy chair for the anti-cancer fundraiser.

A few months later, the budding drummer was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was so aggressive, he never made it back to this year’s Relay. Ryan Stradling died May 25 at the age of 19.by: COURTESY PHOTO: MARK STRADLING - Ryan Stradlings brother, Jeffrey, holds Ryans hand just hours before the Banks drummer died of brain cancer May 25 at the age of 19.

“He saw the irony of playing at a cancer benefit and then getting cancer,” said Jeanie Vamarripa-Lee, event chair for the Beaverton RFL, at the 2013 fundraiser Saturday night. “He thought it was funny in an unfunny way.”

Organizers dedicated this year’s luminary ceremony to Ryan and honored him with a special, giant luminaria, a paper lantern made of a bag and a candle.by: COURTESY PHOTO: MARK STRADLING - The special 10 p.m. luminary ceremony at Beavertons Relay for Life last Saturday included a giant luminaria in honor of Ryan Stradling and clips of Ryans trio performing last summer, about a month before he began complaining of migraines.

“Ryan had Medulloblastoma, which he called Master Blaster,” Vamarripa-Lee said. “It was terminal from the beginning.”

Still, said Ryan’s father, Mark Stradling, “He was a trouper. He never lost hope.”

Mark Stradling said a dozen of Ryan’s friends from Banks came to the late-night ceremony to show their support for Ryan. “His family really appreciated that.”

Last year, Savage recalls, Ryan’s band hung out at the fundraiser all day.

“They were great,” she said. “We booked them again for this year.”

Luminaria photos by Lori Allan.




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