20th Anniversary Highlights

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Looking ahead as we celebrate 20 years

It’s hard to believe that twenty years have already come and gone since a shy 6-year-old boy believed in his dream so much that he ended up changing the world. Looking back on twenty years of moments that can never be forgotten, it is difficult to choose just one to reminisce about. Which is why the Ryan’s Well team will choose one moment each month to share with everyone. It’s important to remember that even though we are celebrating twenty years of hard work, we still have so much to do. Let’s all take a minute to laugh and share stories, and then let’s roll up our sleeves and start working on the next twenty years.

Let us tell you a story about a young boy who caught the attention of a media mogul

Oprah FebryarySixteen years ago, the Oprah Winfrey Show was contemplating having a young guest on their show, a Canadian boy named Ryan who was doing fund raisers for clean water wells.

He didn’t speak properly, he had a stutter, was far younger then a typical guest would be and on top of all of that, he refused to be on the show on a Tuesday because of a volunteer commitment. They must have noticed how passionate he was and saw the potential of change by sharing his story.

Now, all these years later the Ryan’s Well dream and fund raisers are reaching new heights. Thanks to Oprah, millions of people heard and became apart of the unbelievable journey.

Thank you, Oprah, for helping give this story a voice!