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September 27, 2013

Osborn's fighting spirit lifting the Jacks

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Tonawanda News — Osborn has given his gift to all of those around him. Over 30 members of the Jacks attended a fashion show in support of Camp Good Days and Special Times on Sept. 22. The event was to help raise money for the organization which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer. 

Many teammates also walked with Osborn over the summer in the Hospice Memorial Walk, in memory of Tyvaier Jones.

People just gravitate to Osborn. Colleen Osborn said it’s because of the way he treated them.

“I look at what he’s become, and how he influences people and the good he can do. It’s a pretty incredible thing,” she said. “He sees people, he doesn’t judge them. It’s not about what they wear, what they drive or how much money they have. People to Ryan are exactly that, people.”

Osborn never envisioned he would be in this position as a senior in high school: an important member of the football team and a leader on and off the field. But he’s embraced that role.

Cagney said it’s because he loves the game, and he feels he has something to prove.

“He feels like he’s lucky that he’s gotten through cancer and he wants to prove he’s capable of doing anything. He has a desire to show everybody that this isn’t going to hold him back,” Cagney said.

“He just got the idea in his head that, if he allowed it to, this experience could really set him back, and he wasn’t going to let that happen. 

“I think he found that outlet he was looking for through football. Football gave him all the opportunity that he needed to, not only physically develop himself, but to prove himself to others. I think that whole experience did strengthen him as a player and a person.”

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