Raising Funds for Ryan Humphrey

$37,075 of $100k goal

Raised by 324 people in 30 months
Melissa Chinn  GRAND LEDGE, MI

In the past 3 years, Ryan has undergone 67 rounds of chemotherapy, had his left lung removed and had very precise Gamma Knife  radiation performed on his brain, three times, and open brain surgery, all while being a loving and dedicated husband to his wife Andrea 'Moore' Humphrey and amazing father to their two sons, Landon (5)  and Logan (3).

Ryan's fight began in 2009, and he has been a warrior, facing everything that has been thrown at him head-on. Read more about his initial diagnosis and treatment progress here .

After 12 rounds of chemotherapy and follow up scans and testing, on January 29, 2013 Ryan informed his friends and family that they would now face the decision of whether or not to have his left lung completely removed. Read his blog post here.  After much research and prayers, he decided on a complete pneumonectomy. Even though the disease is not IN his lung, it is in an area where only complete removal of his lung would give the opportunity for complete resection and clear margins.

After 47 rounds of chemotherapy,  two noninvasive GammaKnife surgeries on brain metastasis and more scans and tests, it was decided that removal of these lesions would be necessary. On November 4, 2014 Ryan underwent a 6 hour open brain surgery (craniotomy ) to have a 2 tumors removed. Our prayer is that is the last of disease in his body, and that he will recover quickly and there will not be any need for another surgical operation again.

And so his fight continues. As does his concern for the future of his wife and two sons, should the day come that they must continue without him. Not only has Ryan been on a Leave of Absence from American Airlines, making it a one-income family, but he also got the dreaded word in September that he no longer will receive his flight benefits – adding to the already high cost of travel to his doctors in Houston and New York City.

As if the day-to-day cost of living and traveling doesn’t weigh on them enough, Ryan does not have life insurance. Four months before his initial diagnosis in 2009, he canceled his life insurance with his company in the belief he was covered under his wife’s. He did not do his due diligence and has had to live with it everyday. Needless to say he is now un-insurable without paying a hefty price.

Ryan’s biggest fear is bankrupting his family and causing even more stress. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to help offset the current and future medical and financial expenses, and to help keep the family from long-term finacial hardship. In some sense, we are his insurance for his assurance.

Even if you are unable to make a monetary donation, please keep him and his family in your prayers. Thank you.

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Update 28
Posted by Melissa Chinn
11 months ago
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Hello all of the amazing people who love, support and continue to pray for Ryan. He is in Houston this evening awaiting Gamma Knife #5 tomorrow.

On April 26th, Ryan and Andrea made the trip down to Houston to get a follow up scan done on his brain. It showed a new spot, which will be getting treated tomorrow.

Please take a moment to read his recent post, and share this with your friends, family, coworkers, etc. We need all the prayers and positive thoughts we can find out in our social media network!

http://nobodyfightsalone.com/gamma-knife-5/

Thank you in advance, and God bless each and every one of you.
Ryan & Andrea en route to Houston 4/26
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Update 27
Posted by Melissa Chinn
16 months ago
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Last week Ryan had scans in Houston, and he has heard back from his doctor(s). Dr. Ravi, in reference to him reaching out to an expert in diagnostic radiology, has passed on feedback that his colleague said:
"Reviewed early studies going back to 2-5-14 and patient has initial lesion consistent with brain metastasis and foci of hemorrhage and later developed other similar lesions.
These are consistent with angiosarcoma but not specific.
However, with no other tumor presenting itself during this time then need to fall back on metastatic angiosarcoma even though unusual.
I don’t see anything that would suggest infection or parasites thus left with metastasis."

In other words, our glimmer of hope that this is anything other than the devil disease (angiosarcoma has been shattered.

With this, Gammaknife #4 is a go for this Friday! The only uncertain thing at this time for surgery is whether they will be treating 1, 2, or 3 spots.

Thank you for your continued support with prayers, text, calls, emails and donations. Just when we though this fight was nearing its end, here we are again. We all hold on to the hope that Ryan will defeat this, and with the support and love from each one of you, there's no doubt!

I invite you to follow his blog at www.nobodyfightsalone.com and please share this with all the people you know and love. The more prayers, the better!
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Update 26
Posted by Melissa Chinn
17 months ago
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It has been ONE YEAR since we all waited anxiously while Ryan underwent a craniotomy in Houston. I remember the day like it was yesterday as his family and I sat in the waiting room together and awaited updates from the doctor.

Less than 2 weeks ago, he had 3 scans done, and in each one of those scans, the same results: NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE!!!

God is so good, especially to Ryan, Andrea and the boys. In this past year they have been able to ENJOY each other - camping, celebrating birthdays and their 8th wedding anniversary and so much more!

His fight still continues, though he lives every day to the fullest. Please keep him in your prayers for God to keep his body free of any disease. Pray for Andrea and the boys to be free of anxiety and worry of what the next scans will bring. Surround their entire family with nothing but love, joy and blessings for the days, months and years to come.

Thank you all for your past and continued support!
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Update 25
Posted by Melissa Chinn
23 months ago
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This photo was taken a week ago at Ryan & Andrea's friends' wedding. It was a perfect evening for just the two of them to celebrate life and love.

Yesterday, June 3, 2015, Ryan received CLEAR scans from both his MRI and PET scan! Praise the Lord!! They can finally smile their beautiful smiles, and continue enjoying their time as a family.

What's next? Ryan's amazing medical team is making a plan for prevention and treatment. We will be sure to keep you all updated as we learn more.

But for now, Ryan asked to send an update and a huge THANK YOU to each one of you for all of your prayers and support over the past couple of years.
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$37,075 of $100k goal

Raised by 324 people in 30 months
Created October 16, 2014
MM
$100
Michael Majerus
4 months ago
JP
$250
James Phillip
8 months ago

Ryan, we have been following your story and supporting you for years. Every time we check in on you, it is always a reminder about how you are one of the bravest, strongest and most amazing people to walk this earth. Your story continues to inspire; we are looking forward to reading about more good news in the future…. The Team at JMJ Phillip

DT
$1,000
David Thorson
10 months ago
$50
Frances Tunney
11 months ago
JC
$20
Jamie Calmus
11 months ago

Have been following your story through Melissa Chinn's facebook page. You guys are in my continued prayers!

OW
$10
Olivia Weger
11 months ago

Hi Ryan & Family, I don't know you personally but am friends with Candace and have been following your story for some time now. I am thinking of you guys and wish you nothing but the best. Your story is amazing and inspiring.

HK
$10
Heidi Kahny
11 months ago
JE
$100
Jill Van Ede
12 months ago
TD
$25
Tasha DeFouw
12 months ago
JM
$80
Jen's work friends MDE
12 months ago
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