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One Mom Pleads with Parents Everywhere to Serve Their Kids Banana Splits for Dinner

Ryan's banana split party

Dish up some ice cream in honor of Ryan Roberts

If your kids had their way they’d probably have banana splits for dinner (not dessert, but dinner) at least once a week, right?

Diane Roberts would like nothing more than to give her 21-month-old son Ryan a banana split for dinner. But she can’t, because he’s dying. Which is why she’d like to make sure you serve one up to your kids for dinner. Because you can.

Ryan has Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect and during a recent surgery, doctors told his parents that nothing more could be done for his heart, according to The Huffington Post. So Diane and her husband Erik did what no parent could ever imagine doing, which was sign a Do Not Resuscitate directive.

Ryan doesn’t have much longer to live, and when friends asked the family what they could do, according to HLN TV, Diane said, “just go create a memory with your kids. Just go put a banana split down in front of your kids for dinner and watch their faces light up. No chicken, rice and broccoli tonight, just ice cream. They’re going to remember that forever. Watch them smile.”

That prompted a friend of Diane’s to launch “Ryan’s Banana Split Party” on Facebook, inviting other parents to grant Diane’s wish.

I am throwing Ryan his very own Banana Split Party. Although he will not be able to have one, I thought it would nice if we could all have one for him, whether you have children or not. So some night for dinner, have just a banana split but take a picture and post it to Facebook event page so they can see all the people that are fullfilling their wish!!! So who cares if your children don’t get their veggies one night for dinner, allow them to “break the rules” for just one night and think of a special little boy while you’re doing it!!

Two hundred people were initially invited, but more than 50,000 have responded as “attending.” And families have been uploading pictures of ice cream parties for their kids.

The heartbreak is unimaginable — knowing you’re losing your sweet little boy at the painfully young age of 21 months. The one thing his parents want is something that will make everyone smile. So how can we not do it for them?

So, what are you waiting for? There’s ice cream to be scooped up for dinner tonight. In Ryan’s honor.

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