My brother Ryan Mahoney needs our help. The whole family got a gut punch when Ryan was diagnosed with AML leukemia. His outlook is hopeful, but only if he gets the medical care he needs and can focus on getting better while his family is taken care of. Ryan has no insurance, and the costs are going to be astronomical if they can't find help.
Ryan has a wife, Jackie, and two beautiful children--Kaylee, 9, and Ry-Ry, 5. Ryan is the primary breadwinner for his family, working full time as a caregiver for a man with severe disabilities, while his wife works part time with children in the foster system. Both Ryan and Jackie have huge hearts, working with kindness and compassion for those who need it most. Before Ryan's illness, the whole family took part in many charity walks and benefits together.
The family's immediate needs are cash for groceries and household bills. He is also currently in need of a bone marrow donor. If you'd like to consider being tested to see if you are a match for Ryan, you can sign up to join the donor registry with www.BetheMatch.org, and they will send you a simple cheek swab test kit for free in the mail.
Moving forward, the family will need money for keeping up with their mortgage payments and hospital bills while they explore every avenue available for assistance. Ryan won't be able to split wood for their stove, so they'll also need to buy firewood to keep the house warm this upcoming winter.
Ryan is our rock. With four brothers and two sisters, he is always there when we need a laugh, a hand with moving a couch, or a rally buddy when the Red Sox or the Pats are down. He's always there for anybody who needs him, and now it's time for us to be there for him.
Any amount you can give would be a blessing, and take some of the load off their shoulders in this incredibly difficult time. Here are some things you can do to help:
$2.00 buys Jackie a large Dunkin Donuts coffee when she stays up with Ryan during treatment and drives late
$7.00 buys two Happy Meals for the kids when they travel to visit Daddy at the hospital
$25 buys enough gas to get Jackie to the intensive care hospital and back
$100 buys groceries for Jackie and the kids
$500 can take a bill off their hands and a load off their shoulders
$1000 gives them a few weeks of peace of mind
And if you're on a tight budget, just drop a dollar in the fund and a message of support for the Red Sox or Patriots in the comments--it will put a smile on Ryan's face!
If you prefer to donate goods directly, we've also set up an Amazon Wish List that we update periodically with household supplies for the family. Anything you buy from this list will be shipped directly to their house: http://a.co/3KZQy6S.
Thank you for your support, and God Bless.