Lori Briere often thinks about what Ryan would be like today. Her son would probably be finishing swim lessons and maybe getting a little nervous about the start of second grade. Whatever his future held, Briere is certain of one thing.
“Ryan would’ve been happy because he was one of those toddlers who was never sad or upset,” said Briere, who lives in Buffalo Grove. “He wanted everyone around him to be happy and we want to continue that spirit, to remember Ryan and to make people smile in his honor.”
In 2011, two-year-old Ryan Briere choked on a hot dog and passed away while he was out to dinner with his family. Every year since his passing, Ryan’s parents, Lori and Frederick Briere, have held Ryan’s Run to remember their son and to give back to local organizations that help children. This year, the family is donating the event’s proceeds to pediatric services such as art and music therapy at the new Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017.