By Molly Moser
“Ryan’s amazing. He lives every day with challenges that we don’t even understand,” says Marie Hunt. Her son, Ryan, is a nine-year-old boy with MPS II, or Hunter Syndrome – but the condition hasn’t stopped him from living his life with joy. “He’s such a happy little boy. He has a great laugh. When he laughs, you have to laugh with him,” she smiles.
This month, the Hunt family will hold the fifth River Run for Ryan, a 5K run and one-mile walk that benefits the National MPS Society. The route begins in Ingleside Park and continues south on River Park Drive, before looping back to the north end of town and finishing with a stretch on the river walk along the levee.
The River Run for Ryan has been a rallying point for the Hunt family and the community, with sponsorships from over 30 local businesses and a growing number of individual contributors. “We appreciate all the community support for Ryan,” says Marie, who shares her family’s excitement over several new sponsors.
Jonathan and Marie Hunt live in rural Garnavillo. They’ve been married for almost two decades and share three children – Ryan, nine; Jana, 11; and Adam, 14. Eight years ago, the family relocated from Woodstock, Ontario, to Garnavillo.