Marshmallow Mondays

Break It For Ryan Success

Break It For Ryan was a huge success!

From Monday through Friday of last week, students at Sid Nelson’s Taekwondo America used their board-breaking skills to raise awareness for kidney disease. Students each set a goal of performing 25 board breaks, and asked friends and family members to sponsor them at a per kick dollar amount or flat donation in support of their participation. Many of them went above and beyond those 25 kicks, which was quite impressive.

We are still gathering and counting donations, but collectively, these students have raised close to $3,000 for A Match For Ryan and The National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky.




There truly aren’t words to express our appreciation to these students. Our Taekwondo Family has been so supportive since the very beginning of Ryan’s transplant journey. If you recall, Rydan actually tested for his First Degree Black Belt on the same day as Ryan’s transplant, and was surrounded by fellow students, parents and instructors who cheered him on while giving him the support he needed at such a critical time. That support never stopped, and last week as I stood and watched Rydan participate in this special fundraiser, I was reminded what a blessing our Taekwondo Family has been to us. Taekwondo taught Rydan the perseverance he needed to earn his Black Belt, but it also taught him how to persevere through a tough life situation like his dad’s transplant.

Thank you, TKD students, for your continuous love and support!  You are the toughest, kindest, most determined group of kids I’ve ever met, and I’m so proud to know you.


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