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April 26, 2014

Osborn overcomes own odds to support others

Tonawanda News — Ryan Osborn is a good kid. The kind of person who selflessly does things for others and not because he wants a pat on the back. But because he knows it's the right thing to do.

Osborn, a North Tonawanda High School senior, had the thrill of a lifetime when he was selected as the 2014 Call to Courage Award winner for his outstanding community service work.

“I've heard of the award before, but I didn't even know I was nominated. My (football) coach (Tony Trulizio) sent me a message saying I was one of the top three finalist,” Osborn said. “It's a huge honor. I was not expecting it. Everyone else was much more deserving. It's an amazing award. I really appreciate it.”

The awards dinner took place on April 5 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. Former Buffalo Bills QB Frank Reich presented Osborn with the award.

A caring young man, Osborn also displayed incredible maturity. At the age of 10, Osborn was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Langerhan Cell Histiocytosis. Though it's not officially diagnosed at cancer, patients suffering from “Langerhan Cell” usually face the same round of treatments as cancer patients with chemo and biopsy. But even though Osborn was battling for his life, he kept things in perspective as his heart went out to even younger patients.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Osborn, who is a member of the Lumberjacks track/field, wrestling and football teams, has made helping Camp Good Days his life's work. Osborn's strong, caring personality has endeared himself to teammates who are only ready to help when Osborn has recruited them to take part in the Camp Good Days Fashion Show. An event that not only saw every NT varsity player attend but the bulk of the JV and modified squads were also on hand. 

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