Ryan Poirier died January 26, 2015 at Duke Hospital after courageously battling complications from a bone marrow transplant. He was 15.
Ryan was born April 2, 1999 in Raleigh, NC to Colleen Lennon and Christian Poirier. At the early age of 6 months, Ryan was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD), a rare disorder in which immune system cells do not function properly, leading to ongoing and severe infections, and often, early death. Despite such a daunting diagnosis, Ryan lived life beautifully and made the very most of his brief time with us.
From the very earliest stages of his life, Ryan provided glimpses of wonderful traits that would be further developed, refined, and showcased throughout his years in school at Emma Conn Elementary, Martin Middle, and most recently, Enloe High. Never were these traits of compassion, generosity, creativity, and determination more on display than in recent years when Ryan donated his time and energy to the Wake County SPCA, produced his own stop motion animation films, and aggressively tackled his CGD head on.
In September of 2014 Ryan embarked on a brave journey that, if successfully completed, would have resulted in a life free of CGD. After making it through chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Ryan encountered a series of complications that, despite his will and perseverance, took his life.
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Parents, Colleen and Christian; step-parents, Ben Leo and Shannon Poirier; grandparents, Cathy and Terry Lennon and Eva and William Poirier; half-brother, Daniel Poirier; step-brother, Owen Leo; uncles, Patrick Lennon (Sura) and Bill Poirier; aunt, Monique Poirier; and cousins, Lexi, Finn, and Heath Lennon and William Poirier are all devastated and heartbroken by his early passing. Additionally, Ryan is survived by close friends and 7 billion other people who will never know a world that contained his fully recognized talents, curiosity, and kindness. We are all suffering in this loss.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Ryan’s life will be planned at a later date. Information on the service will be posted to Ryan’s Caring Bridge site: www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryanpoirier2.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
SPCA of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane
Raleigh, NC 27603