By Brian M. Howle
There are several very good reasons why I love music so very, very much. Some of them are obvious and fairly universal. And then, some of them are just … special.
And the local community never ceases to fail me when it comes to being my favorite special reason.
A three-phase punch consisting of a Zumbathon in Little River, a Poker Run and a benefit concert at House Of Blues in North Myrtle Beach combined to raise over $6,000 for the family of 6-year-old Ryan Howell in assisting them to pay for medical treatments not covered by insurance.
Minutes after being born, Ryan suffered a serious stroke. This is called an “infarction” in newborns. It causes Ryan to suffer symptoms much like someone with severe cerebral palsy. He is confined to a wheelchair; very challenged in normal daily activities, has never known a childhood, and is helpless as a newborn.
Ryan is undergoing treatment called “Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber” or “HBOT” for short. This chamber was originally set up for people who surface too quickly after diving in the ocean. It forces pure oxygen to the brain which can repair damaged areas of the brain. This procedure is also used to help those with spinal cord injuries after serious accidents. The HBOT procedure for a child this age is a two step phase, with each phase taking 30 days to complete. The child and mother have to go into this chamber forty times during each phase, and each session could last 30 minutes to an hour.
Ryan’s father, Wesley Howell works for Time Warner Cable during the day and the House of Blues in the evening. His wife stays at home to care for Ryan.
The proceeds from these most recent benefits will pay for Ryan’s second HBOT treatment.
Although official thanks went out from the staff at HOB and the family, I want to add my personal thanks to all of you amazing folks around this little chunk of Shangri la, for once again stepping up and adding significantly to the term, “Southern Hospitality.”
Donations may be sent to:
The Ryan Howell Project, c/o Carolina First Bank – Crescent Branch, 1801 Highway 17 South, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. Phone 843-272-7344.
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