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#PrayForRyan: Twitter Spreads The Word, Chris Paul Grants Wish

11:47 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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Clemmons, NC -- Ryan Wood was given a month to live. Now, Twitter has become a source of comfort and support. NBA star, Chris Paul is covering the cost of a Make-A-Wish trip.

Ryan Wood is a 16-year-old sophomore at West Forsyth High School. News 2 met him on Friday and since then, it's been hard to get him off our minds.

Ryan was told he had beaten a rare cancer called burkitts lymphoma, only to be told a few month later, it was back.

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News 2's Liz Crawford found through the sadness, a story of hope as friends were on Twitter using the hashtag, #PrayForRyan.

On Monday, #PrayForRyan has been tweeted nearly 8,000 times. More than 6,000 of those, just in the last three days.

Ryan's friends started #PrayForRyan on Thursday night when they learned what doctors told Ryan and his family.

By Friday morning, Ryan's Twitter account was a place of comfort, prayers, and support.

Even NBA super star and Triad native Chris Paul tweeted: Football player at my high school Ryan Wood has a rare form of cancer and has been given a few weeks to live. #PrayForRyan

That tweet alone was retweeted more than 3,000 times.

Over the weekend, the Make-A-Wish Foundation got involved and depending on how Ryan is feeling, he and his family are set to take a vacation to Key West, Florida.

The representative from Make-A-Wish told News 2 they put a rush on Ryan's wish and it was the fastest granted wish that she's ever seen.

Then on Monday, NBA star Chris Paul and the CP3 Foundation offered to adopt Ryan's wish to go to Key West with his family. That means the foundation will be covering the cost of his wish.

Click the videos to see our interview with Chris Paul via FaceTime.

In an e-mail a Make-A-Wish spokesperson said:

Make-A-Wish is thrilled to be able to work with Ryan's family during this difficult time and to have connected two West Forsyth HS Titans, Chris Paul and Ryan Wood.

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