Oprah's Favorite Things 2005 was extra special because the audience was full of real-life heroes: courageous Hurricane Katrina relief volunteers.
One of the heroes in attendance was Ryan, who had begun his own relief drive, collecting items in his garage. Ryan wanted to deliver the goods to the Gulf himself, but did not have the money to make the trip south.
Ryan did, however, have two tickets to see his beloved Chicago White Sox play in their first World Series in 88 years. A die-hard fan who says he's "watched probably every single White Sox game for the past five years," Ryan sold his tickets to pay for his trip to the Gulf region. The White Sox went on to win the Series.
"When I weighed the option of having a great time at this game while there were hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf that were suffering, it seemed like an easy decision to me," Ryan says.