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Your Cute Kids honor Ryan with banana splits

July 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM ET

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David, 22 months, samples his very first banana split...just for Ryan.

We all were touched by the story of Ryan Roberts, a 22-month-old boy who is in his final days of battling a long-term illness. Ryan's family had asked for people to pay tribute to their son by serving up banana splits for dinner. As his mom, Diane, told us, it all started when her friends asked how they could help:

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Ryan Roberts, 22 months, was born with Down syndrome and a heart defect; doctors have said he does not have much longer to live.

"Go out and create a memory with yourkid. Throw a banana split on the table for dinner," Diane says. "Wouldn't you remember having banana splits for dinner one night when you were a kid?"

The Ryan's Banana Split party page on Facebook has attracted nearly 75,000 attendees. TODAY Moms readers are part of that group, including David Wilson, 22 months (shown above), who sampled his very first banana split just for Ryan. See more banana split revelers below.  Ryan's family was able to spend the Fourth of July together. Diane told TODAY Moms they cherished it, knowing  "this will most likely be his last holiday with us." Thanks for sharing your Banana Split photos.  

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Brianna's first banana split! No better cause than for baby Ryan. Thanks for making my baby girl smile.
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Gabriel, 3, and Isabella, 2. Says mom Erin Purdy: T21 parents and Zipper parents stick together. Ryan and Gabriel are both T21 and Zipper boys...We skipped dinner to support Ryan!
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Matthew, Evan , CJ and Sarah
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Casey, 3, and her mom pose with their split creation.
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Miranda, 9, and Porter, 7
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Mathew, 8, had a banana split Blizzard in honor of Ryan
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Antonio, 9, and Gabriella, 5
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Having a family banana split for our buddy Ryan
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Joshua, 3, enjoys his banana split
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Gina, 8 months, about to enjoy her first Banana Split in honor of Ryan!

 Don't see your photo here? Stay tuned... more banana split party photos to come next week. Thanks, and please keep Ryan and his family in your thoughts.

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