Ryan never considered himself “different.”
The University of Tampa was the right choice for Ryan. Close to home, but not too close, and just big enough with about 4,500 students at the time. As always, he wanted to be independent and live on campus. His favorite expression —“I can do it myself” — served him well as he established life on his own.
His parents established a savings account for him early on to make sure their son would have an income. It afforded him some luxuries that he embraced: taking cruises with friends, visits to Las Vegas and New York City, attending professional and college sporting events. As in his high-school days, he had a specially outfitted Ford Explorer to get him places. He added a pillow on the driver's seat to give him some height.
The close-knit Shuck family uses any excuse to get together for barbecues. On May 12, the celebration du jour was Mother's Day.
No one was ready to say goodbye. Not his neighbor Kevin Logan, retired from the Army, who still looks out in the courtyard, expecting to see his affable buddy pulling up in the scooter, ready to share a funny story or rant about the Rays' lineup.