CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - At this weekend's 52nd Annual Cavalcade of Customs, a young artist drew attention and raised money for an organization close to his heart.
Born with a large birthmark on his face, 18 year old Ryan Root grew up a around cars and learned early on how to paint and pinstripe them. He could have no way of knowing his talent would one day change his life.
For years Ryan and his twin brother David watched their father Andy, and learned from him the art of pin striping. At the Cavalcade of Customs four years ago, the Root family met a former board member at Shriners Hospitals for Children, who told them that doctors there might be able to help remove Ryan's birthmark. After three years of visiting Shriners doctors, Ryan's birthmark was recently removed.
This year, Shriners just happened to be the charity beneficiary of the show's auction. And Ryan donated artwork to the tune of $1200 that was auctioned off, something Andy says his son was thrilled to be able to do, "He got to give something back, I thought that was pretty neat."
Ryan told FOX19, "I just hope people realize how great Shriners is and what they really can do for kids. There's some kids that go in there and they're in just a total abject condition and they help them out so much. I'm so glad they could help me out. I'm so glad I could really help them back out."
Shriners Hospitals for Children treat burns, cleft lip and palate, and other non-burns conditions, and they do it all regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Locally, they are located at 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229