Ryan Joseph Curran was born and raised in Northern California. From birth, Ryan had a mischievous, spunky streak, but also an innate kindness and sensitivity that was unusual for someone so young. He adored his two brothers: Cameron, the oldest by four years; and Clayton, the youngest by six. As the middle son, he was the glue and the tether that kept the boys connected. Family was everything to Ryan, and he enjoyed being part of a loud, boisterous extended family. He was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend; and was adored in return.
The Curran family moved to Georgia in 2009 when Ryan was 14 years old. Ryan attended high school and participated in many team sports - soccer, wrestling, and football. He worked, studied, and dreamed - enjoying paintball, gaming, socializing, and even found his first love. Ryan was a very talented artist, web designer, was self-taught in coding, and started his own gaming software company. As he matured, he became a little more introspective, a little more reserved, his mischievous streak seen less frequently, but his kindness and sensitivity never wavered.
When Ryan was 18 and preparing for college, he began to experience debilitating migraines. His family did their best to treat his illness with medication, Botox injections, talk therapy, and nerve blocks. Although some days he was unable to get out of bed, Ryan continued his employment and studies. Life was not easy and the pain, unrelenting. Planning simple, effortless activities like going out to dinner, a movie or attending holiday functions is difficult, when you are unsure how you will feel physically. Ryan remained stoic, rarely complained, and valiantly pursued a normal life. After five years of constant pain and a deteriorating quality of life, the illness began to take its toll on his mental health. Ryan suffered from depression, which lead to suicidal ideation as a means to end the pain. Over this period, his family researched and brought him to many different doctors, therapists, psychologists and neurologists. No obstacle was too great, no amount of time or money too much, to relieve Ryan of his mental and physical suffering. Unfortunately those efforts were not enough and Ryan ended his life at 23, after a long battle with migraines and depression.
The lives of the Curran family and those who Ryan loved and touched will never be the same. The family will never be whole and are learning to navigate life without their beloved son and brother. In the midst of their personal crisis, the Currans discovered unknown resources, support groups, and information that was available to families suffering as they were. Armed with this knowledge and a passion to make a difference, the Curran family became determined to provide direction, guidance, and resources for other families. Although they struggle with daily personal grief, the Curran family will not let Ryan’s loss be in vain. They are committed to helping others in the community suffering from migraines, depression, and mental health issues. Finding relief and resources for Ryan was not possible; but they vow to spread awareness and education to others.
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We are dedicated and committed to helping families in our community with children struggling with depression and mental health issues. We offer support, education, and therapy to parents and their children; in an effort to improve the mental health of their child. We also contribute to migraine research, and support for those struggling with migraine pain. For the Love of Ryan.
Through our partnership with the Summit Counseling Center we provide one on one therapy for parents and children; as well as a family session to create an action plan to improve the mental health of your child. We also provide private individual therapy for young adults.
In partnership with the American Migraine Foundation, Southeast Center for Headaches, Panda Neurology, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta we are raising awareness for those suffering with migraine pain. We offer support to our local migraine community with therapy, DBT workshops, and other resources and tools; as well as contribute to migraine research.
For the Love of Ryan's goal is to raise awareness, support, and provide resources; to families and children suffering from mental health issues and migraine pain. There is help and hope out there, let us guide the way, For the Love of Ryan.
The information in this website is for education purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice for anyone who requires medical care. All information is provided on an “as is” basis without any representation or warranty as to accuracy, completeness, legality, or fitness for any particular purpose. Anyone using this information does so at his or her own risk, and shall not hold For the Love of Ryan, or its staff, agents or volunteers liable for any claims or damages, all of which are hereby disclaimed. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For an accurate diagnosis of a mental health disorder, you should seek an evaluation from a qualified mental health professional. If you are feeling suicidal, thinking about hurting yourself, or are concerned that someone you know may be in danger of hurting himself or herself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or the Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), both of which are staffed by certified crisis response professionals, or call 911.
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Board of Directors: Joanna and Craig Curran, Clayton Curran, Cameron and Jean Curran,
Gerilynn Marburger, Morgan Cox, Donna Hodges, Sandy Lashley, and Jill Norton