Sally Ryan, "Almost" DPT

Sally Ryan is a graduate from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT where she earned a BA in Economics, minored in Psychology and played Division III Field Hockey and Lacrosse. She is currently applying for graduate school to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and plans to start in the fall of 2014. For now, Sally is coaching Lacrosse and volunteering at inpatient and outpatient PT centers in NJ. In her spare time she enjoys running, spinning, yoga and going to the beach with her family and friends.

Dear Nan, I’m Running to Help People Like You

Dear Nan, I’m writing you this letter to remind you how incredible you are and how you have inspired me throughout my life and will continue to forever. This is Sally, one of your many grandchildren, the one who is lucky enough to be named after you and your daughter, Junie. When I was born, I knew right away that I had to live up to an incredibly high standard and be full of life, literally… I was so eager and excited to get into the world as a Sally that it took me 15 minutes, and when I was here I think I tried to take in so much “life” that I could barely be picked up! So I rolled around, smiled, and clung to you and Pop Pop because no matter what anyone said, according to you both, I was the most beautiful girl in the world. Growing up I began to understand what it really meant to take on your name and to be a part of the Ryan family that you and Pop Pop help build. You taught me to always love, to always support one another, to always cherish every moment with my loved ones, to always fight for what I believed in and to always be faithful. You taught me to be kind, to work hard, to be selfless, and to be respectful....