Ryan Gibson, of Clover, South Carolina is crazy.
After losing an eye to ocular melanoma, the FC Bayern Munich superfan is using his obsession with the German giants to bring awareness to the rare form of eye cancer.
Early in the tour, Ryan sent me a Facebook message inviting me to ”come have a beer with the one-eyed Bayern fan” when I got to Charlotte. Despite giving me shit for liking Borussia Dortmund, Ryan met with me at Hooligans in downtown Charlotte where, over a beer, he shared his incredible story.
Rather than go the traditional route with a prosthetic eye, Ryan opted for a Bayern Munich logo. Since then, he has gained international fame and brought unrivaled attention to eye cancer.
Today, May 20, 2017 is the one-year anniversary of the day Ryan had now famous “Bayern Eye” put in. As I type this, Ryan is in Munich, experiencing his first-ever Bayern Munich match at the Allianz Arena.
This is his story.