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Ryan Holyk's mom holds fundraiser for helmet safety

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It has been nearly two years since a Spokane boy was killed after being hit by a sheriff deputy's cruiser while riding his bike with a friend. Now his mother is working to raise helmet safety awareness in his honor.

Carrie Thomas was working Saturday morning putting the finishing touches on the fundraiser for her son Ryan Holyk called Ryan's Ramble.

"He was hilarious and frustrating because he was just very... he had the biggest personality. And I miss him so much. We all do," Carrie says.

He was 15 when he died in bicycle crash. All the emotions Carrie felt when that happened in 2014 is something that keeps coming back.

"For some reason when I'm driving in my car alone it hits me sometimes," she says. "It hits me that he's not here anymore."

But his presence is still very much alive in her home.

"It was obviously the worst thing that eve happened to me and my family and I just wanted something positive to come out of it."

That is what is driving Carrie now.

"Helmet's matter. They make a difference. I don't know what would have happened with Ryan if he had been wearing one, but it could've made a difference."

It's a way for her to say thank you for the support she's gotten.

"I hope that they realize how important our communities are and how much it means to support each other," she says.

Carrie says she is going to do this every year, but hopes to expand her focus to also include groups that focus on traumatic brain injury awareness.

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