Temple — On a rainy Wednesday morning in Temple, the Channel 6 crew was all smiles.
But three-year-old Ryan Dolliver is on a mission - for selfies.
"We want to Guinness Book World Record for the most selfies with media personalities," Ryan's dad, Kyle, said. "Talk show hosts and we definitely want to get a few celebrities in along the way."
But behind those selfies is the desire of a family desperate for answers, because about a year and a half ago, the Dolliver's family's lives changed forever.
Ryan was diagnosed with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS).
"He got diagnosed the day before he turned two," Kyle said. "Our reaction was that of shock, that somebody as precious and as vulnerable as he is can have something that's potentially deadly....Me and my wife both fell into a deep, dark depression for about a month or so because you don't know how to deal with a situation like this."
VEDS affects the body's connective tissue.
Kyle said the doctors explained it means Ryan's body lacks Collagen 3, which holds the body together and makes Ryan susceptible to ruptures.
"Artery ruptures, bowel ruptures, any organ can rupture," Kyle said. "And it can be with cause or without."
Currently, there's no cure and research is minimal.
That's why Ryan's Challenge is taking them around to news stations to raise awareness, one selfie at a time.
"That way, more money is focused on Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, because that's the only way that we're going to cure anything."
For more information on VEDS or Ryan's Challenge, click here. The link will also allow donations