Ryan’s Story

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On February 7, 1987, Michael and Carrie Wells gave birth to Ryan Michael Wells in Memphis, Tennessee. Six years later, the Wells family moved to Palm Harbor, Florida where they continue to reside.  Ryan was born a natural leader and lover of life. He possessed great dedication in all his endeavors, including the Boy Scouts, Scuba Scouts and sports of all kinds.  Shortly before his passing, Ryan earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. During his scouting years, he often was the cook on camping trips and assisted the younger scouts transitioning from Cub Scouts. Ryan was one of the 3 scouts to form Scuba Scouts, now known as Scubanaughts. The Scubanaughts conduct scientific research in conjunction with the Florida Wildlife and Reach Institute and the University of South Florida Marine Graduate School. To honor Ryan’s contribution, their diving vessel is named Ryan’s Dream.  Baseball, roller hockey, soccer, and football were all sports he attempted as a young, energetic boy but he naturally became a golfer following in his father’s footsteps.

It’s turns out Ryan had another love besides golf.  During his junior year of high school at Tarpon Springs, Ryan became devoted to culinary arts and immediately began aspiring towards a career as a chef.  His culinary instructors remember him as the first one in the classroom, heating up the ovens, eager for more time to cook and learn.  His passion allowed him the opportunity to attend a Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association seminar at Johnson and Wales University in Miami in the summer of 2005. While returning home on June 11th, he was involved in a car accident that took his life.

There are countless other students just like Ryan, with the same ideals and aspirations to succeed and give back to the community.  With the help of many supporters, his dreams are now fulfilled through other students benefiting from The Ryan Wells Foundation.  Individual donors, corporate sponsors, grant awards, event attendees and volunteers make our mission possible.

We hope that all who read this will have the urge to fulfill their own dreams and share with others Ryan’s story.

Thank you,

The Ryan Wells Foundation, Inc.

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