Sunday, August 8, 2021

How to Survive the Loss of a Child to Cancer or a Tragic Accident

Shelley Buck was born into a creative family in the Midwest and moved to California after college to follow her dream of working for Disney. It was there she met and fell in love with her husband, Chris, who worked in animation and would one day direct the Oscar-winning movie, FROZEN. After they married and had their first child, Ryder, she stayed home to be a full-time mom to him and the two brothers who followed.

When her 23-year-old son, Ryder was diagnosed with cancer her journey went to unimaginable places.

Rock musician and songwriter Ryder Buck was 23 years old, with an unstoppable
dream to life people up through his music. But a life-threatening cancer diagnosis 
showed that life had other plans. While th disease should have beaten him,
Ryder rose above it all to live from a place of passion and purpose.
THEN....fate stepped in.

Though it wasn't cancer that took Ryder, it was the experience that helped him
grow into the shining light he became. His story of love, hope, and truth will 
show you that there is no hardship big enough to keep you from putting your
special touch on the world...if you simply leave your light on!

Listen here:


Leave Your Light On is the first song Ryder wrote, which became his mantra in life.

In this uplifting and powerful memoir, you meet and fall in love with Ryder - an unforgettable character who lived life by his highest ideals and accepted his most human flaws with a sense of humor. You get an inside view of a tight-knit family whose relationships were tested by this unrelenting disease. And you walk away with the desire to do whatever it takes to shine your own light, no matter what life or death throws your way. 




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Facebook - Ryder



  1. Describing Ryder as a shining light is do appropriate for a young person who leaves us too soon. Thank you for sharing part of his story.