Memorial service Saturday for Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown, shown earlier this month, was featured in a July 19 Post-Tribune story about his two heart transplants and his academic career. Brown died Wednesday in Hammond. (Jim Karczewski / Post-Tribune)

By Carole Carlson


Double-heart transplant patient Ryan Brown has donated his body to science.  Friends and family members of Ryan Brown are holding a memorial service for him at 11 a.m. Saturday at the 21st Century Charter School, 724 Washington St. in Gary.


Hammond teen who underwent two heart transplants dies

Brown, an 18-year-old Hammond teen who underwent two heart transplant surgeries, died July 29 at Franciscan St. Margaret Health Hammond. Brown’s courage and determination to continue his schooling was documented in a July 19 Post-Tribune story.

Candice Woodridge, Brown’s aunt, said Brown donated his body to science following his death after his body rejected the heart he received May 15 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. His body was donated to a Chicago university, Woodridge said. Brown was a big supporter of the Life Goes On organ/tissue donor program in Illinois, his aunt said.