#PrayForRyan: Hundreds Attend Ryan Wood's Funeral

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Clemmons, NC-Hundreds of people gathered at River Oaks Community Church in Clemmons to say good-bye to Ryan Wood.

Doctors told Ryan last week his cancer spread to his liver and lungs and that he'd only have a couple weeks left to live.

Thursday morning, surrounded by his family, he passed away.

READ: #PrayForRyan: Ryan Wood Survived By Family, Friends

Jake Still was Ryan wood's best friend and the person behind the #PrayforRyan hash tag.  

"Ryan called me Thursday night, last Thursday, January 3 and told me the bad news that he only had like a month to live. So I asked him did you want me to spread the word or do you want me to keep it quiet?" said Still.

Jake Still and his friends chose to spread the word.

What started as a prayer request on Twitter grew into something these boys never imagined.

"I was like 'wow this is going to be huge for Clemmons'," said Brett Saunders, Ryan's friend. "Then the next couple of days we had tweets coming in from New Zealand, and Denmark and all these different places around the world and I was like, 'wow people care for Ryan all around the world'."

What all those people were praying for was a miracle; for Ryan to beat cancer and survive.

"We were praying for that kind of miracle for him to make it but one of my mom's friend told her the miracle already happened when the community and all these people joined together," said Landon Choplin, Ryan's friend.

"I mean it was more successful than I could have thought, I mean yes I wish Ryan was still here but at the same time, it brought all of West Forsyth together, it brought all my friends closer together, I mean I never told my friends I love them but I tell them I love them every day now," said Aaron Stamper, Ryan's friend.

Ryan's friends say the movement that captivated a community won't end with his death.

"It changed from praying for his survival to praying for the people around him to accept Christ and become closer to Christ. And most importantly, I'm praying for his family now," said Stamper.

"I know Ryan is looking down on us, he's smiling and he's really happy that this, he's happy that this happened because it brought us closer," said Saunders.

Ryan was just 16 years old. He leaves behind his parents and younger sister, Maggie.

He was buried at West Lawn Gardens of Memory in Clemmons.

WFMY News 2

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