The Ryan Richards Foundation


about RYAN

The Ryan Richards Foundation was created to honor Ryan Richards, who died at age 40 from NUT Midline Carcinoma in October, 2015. As Ryan put it, “I ran every road race as fast as I could, because if I paced myself, I wouldn’t be able to make up the time later in the race." With no surprise, he lived his life the same way. In an effort to harness his positive energy and to keep his memory alive, we created The Foundation.



What we learned with Ryan’s situation is that until you go through something in life, it’s hard to understand it. Unfortunately, we now understand how difficult it is to see someone you love suffering with a life-threatening illness, both physically and emotionally. We experienced the desperate need for medical advancements and the lack of mental health resources. The Foundation’s goal is to make a difference. The Ryan Richards Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization formed by Ryan’s closest family and friends in an effort to give back to the community he loved.

Helping Families

First and foremost, we want to help families suffering with cancer. Our donations represent a small tap on the shoulder to let them know that we understand what they’re going through and that they are not alone. To date, we have helped numerous families affected by cancer.

Supporting Research

On a larger scale, the Ryan Richards Foundation is helping fund medical advancements with a recent donation of $35,000 to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, specifically for NUT Midline Carcinoma clinical trials and Pediatric Brain Cancer research. These funds help finance targeted therapy methods for these cancers. If you would like to help us with this cause, please email:

Supporting the Future

The foundation has endowed 2 annual scholarships in Ryan’s memory to local Falmouth High School seniors attending a 4 year college. Ryan himself received a scholarship to Tufts University and we feel this is a great way honor his work ethic. To apply for a scholarship, please visit the guidance office at Falmouth High School.


Upcoming Events

The fundraising efforts for The Foundation represent Ryan and all that he loved. He was a great husband, dad, son, brother, uncle and best friend to many.


Our annual summer event at the Falmouth Yacht Club, and “Run for Ryan” at the Falmouth Road Race bring together his passions for sailing, running and dancing (doing the Rhino). Please join us at these events, and learn more about how you can help.

  • Falmouth Road Race Run for Ryan August 15, 2021
    Aug 15, 8:00 AM
    Falmouth, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA, USA
    Email for details. Min $750 Fundraise

Join Us

Help finance treatments and support families today!

The Ryan Richards Foundation supports families affected by cancer, awards scholarships annually to Falmouth High School Students, and helps fund research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.


Phone: (+1) 508-954-1577

Registered Charity: 81-2618105


3 Jasper St.

Westborough, MA 01581

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