EVEN THE YOUNGEST
A medical fund for baby Ryder
June 2017 should have been a happy beginning for the newly reunited Simmons family. Navy husband Mark had just returned from a one year assignment in the Middle East to join wife Jenelle and two young boys and prepare for a major relocation from the West Coast to Virginia.
The family, with 4 year-old Vinny, 9 month-old Ryder and the family pet packed up and left San Diego to make one last visit to relatives in northern California before the long drive east. It was there they discovered a hard lump in Ryder’s scrotum. He was seen by local physicians and following an ultrasound doctors recommended medical follow-up in their new Virginia location.
On July 31, within days of seeing Navy pediatric specialists, Ryder underwent surgery to remove the right testicle. Pathology revealed a yolk-sac tumor, a rare malignant and aggressive type of germ cell tumor*. This news was absolutely heart-wrenching and with family support 3000 miles away, all they could do was keep in touch by phone and await more updates.
Following surgery everyone hoped the tumor had been confined to one testicle, but now began the monthly blood tests for tumor cell markers to determine the next course of treatment. When those numbers began to rise it was clear baby Ryder would require chemotherapy, frightening news so close to his very first birthday.
On November 28 Ryder will begin the first of at least 4 rounds of chemotherapy, each requiring a 5-day stay in the hospital for Ryder and his mom. Big brother Vinny is so protective of and very worried about little Ryder and all the changes ahead for the family. The emotional and financial strain is unimaginable and devastating!
Funds are urgently needed and will go directly to the family to help toward Vinny’s child care while Ryder and mom are away, for supportive home medical care, and numerous unanticipated expenses associated with lengthy cancer treatment. Also there is need for a basic used car to help with transportation to medical tests and appointments that lay ahead for this precious baby.
Your donations are most gratefully received!
Heartfelt thanks from the Simmons family
* Germ cells develop very early in the growth of an embryo and become the cells that make up the reproductive system in males and females. These germ cells follow a midline path through the body and descend into the pelvis as ovarian cells or into the scrotal sac as testicular cells.
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