Riley and Melinda
Riley snuck into Melinda’s heart when she was in 5th grade. A connection developed and Riley began referring to Melinda as “Mom”; which was a sign she accepted her, loved her, and began to trust her. Through building a relationship with Riley, Melinda became aware early on of Riley’s struggle with depression, self-harming, and need for love.
Riley would run up from out of nowhere at a softball game just to get a hug from Melinda, say “Hi”, ask for a ride home, a ride to a game, or ask to stop by the house later. Riley was also good about taking a good butt chewing from Melinda when needed whether it was about the cigarette in her ear, dip under her lip, or trouble she was getting into at school or home. Melinda always knew that if she could hear Riley’s little red motorcycle in town it meant there would be a visit soon. Riley made a point to stay connected to Melinda even after they both moved out of the local community of Arnett, OK. This geographic separation made it difficult to be in the same place at the same time; however, Riley always made a point to touch base, send love on birthday’s and Mother’s Day; along with letting her know when she was playing softball near Melinda.
Melinda founded Porkchop’s Love Foundation, Inc. on 04/27/2020 shortly after Riley Elizabeth “Porkchop” Bryan unexpectedly took her own life; 10 days before her 18th birthday.
Porkchop’s Love Foundation, Inc. is not a crisis center. If you are in crisis and need help now, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada), or The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386. If you don’t like talking on the phone, you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.