Letter to the Editor

The journey continues

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who attended†my benefit concert on Sept. 6 at First Lutheran Church. The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible†and†I am forever grateful. The surgery to remove my brain tumor was very successful; the symptoms that I was suffering from have completely disappeared including the loss of my memory and my†vision. I am back at work part-time and I'm able†to drive again†and live a mostly normal life. However, my journey is far from over. I still have six weeks of daily radiation to complete the removal of the tumor and†a life time of†hospital visits to make sure it doesn't return. Your support and generosity have gone a very†long way toward helping with those†future visits to Columbus for radiation therapy as well as the†massive medical bills that come with major surgery.

Lastly,†I want to thank the incredible artists who donated their time and talents to†the benefit concert. I am so lucky to have grown up in this community and to have made music with these individuals. Although itís been a long time since I lived in Okoboji, those experiences continue to shape my life every day and I'm so very grateful for our friendships.†

Andrew Ryker

Assistant Professor of Opera/Voice

Director of Opera

Ohio University School of Music†

Athens, Ohio