Local pastor says community is helping save his life after cancer diagnosis

Pastor Greg Ryan (Photo: GoFundMe)
Pastor Greg Ryan (Photo: GoFundMe)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Chuckatuck man who spends his life uplifting and praying for others is now getting those same things from the community he serves.

Pastor Greg Ryan (Photo: GoFundMe)
Pastor Greg Ryan (Photo: GoFundMe)

Pastor Greg Ryan, 53, can no longer stand in front of his congregation at Oakland Christian United Church of Christ. Now, he’s forced to sit in a hospital.

In May, Pastor Ryan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. But his church members refuse to let him fight alone.

“He’s worked so much for our community, he’s working hard to pull our community together,” said church member Pam Saunders.

That’s why neighbors are pulling together for him.

Just days after the news spread that Pastor Ryan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and was medvaced to Duke University Hospital with a $95,000 expense tied to it, his church started fundraising.

GoFundMe for Pastor Greg Ryan

Some volunteers have jumped into action, too.

Chuckatuck Fire Chief Jacob Johnson hosted a fundraiser here at the fire department for more than 750 people.

“That was a way for us to give back to the community by helping a member of the community and he deserves it,” said Chief Johnson.

So far, more than $40,000 has for Pastor Ryan.

“I was supposed to die a couple of times, but it wasn’t to be, mostly because of the great doctors and more so because of the prayers from my friends and family,” said Pastor Ryan. “Thank you all and God bless.”

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