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Ryan Mayeda, DC

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Greeley native Ryan Mayeda owns his own chiropractic business. The Chamber of Commerce named him Young Entrepreneur of the year. He’s a member of the city’s planning commission and served on the North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley’s regional hospital) board of trustees. And he celebrated his 30th birthday by completing an Ironman triathlon. Clearly, he’s a driven person.

“There’s a real sense of community here.”

Which might explain his response to years of expensive infertility treatments for his wife Kim, the inexplicable death of their six-day-old daughter Kyla, and two unsuccessful adoption attempts that left the couple not only devastated, but also broke: he started a nonprofit foundation. Determined that no other couple should walk down a similarly “difficult and lonely road” without help, Ryan and Kim established Kids for Kyla to fund grants toward helping other couples pay for adoption fees and infertility treatments.

But Ryan doesn’t necessarily see it as his own accomplishment. To him, Greeley deserves a lot of the credit. “There’s a real sense of community here,” he says. “Everyone’s like family. And it’s that connection—and really, the unbelievable generosity of the people who live here—that enabled us to truly make a difference.”