My brother, Ryan Dellinger, is like most teenage boys. He loves to socialize, he loves sports, video games, and many outdoor activities. But Ryan has most distinguished himself as an intellectual academic, avid chess player, dedicated Boy Scout, part-time worker, and is actively involved in church and youth group.
In May of 2018, Ryan was most concerned about his lifelong goal of achieving Eagle Scout, graduating from high school with honors, and selecting a distinguished college or university to attend.
On June 11, 2018, Ryan's ambitions were blindsided by the devastating diagnosis of High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
. Ryan is extremely high risk compared to other leukemia patients due to his age, his gender, and a chromosomal abnormality that causes resistance to treatment. After his first phase of treatment he still had cancer cells present in his bone marrow.
For the last two months, Ryan has continued his chemotherapy and blood/platelet transfusions. During this time, Ryan has also had to adhere to a strict medication schedule to mitigate the negative effects of his treatments. In addition, Ryan has also suffered an anaphylactic episode and an initial failure of his port device. Because of the high-risk nature of his condition, he is faced with eight months of aggressive treatment, an additional 3 years of continued chemo, and potentially a lifelong battle towards being completely cancer-free.
Now, instead of planning for his senior year of high school and all of the excitement that goes with it, Ryan is left with the challenge of finishing his high school education from home. Instead of being active and social, Ryan is isolated to limited physical interaction. Not only does he need to plan for financing his college education, but now needs help financing his medical treatments.
Every contribution will relieve the family of some of the incidental expenses associated with Ryan's treatments such as transportation costs to and from the clinic and/or the hospital, potential extended hotel stays, meal expenses for the family while away from home, and income assistance due to lost wages.
The time of need is now. Soon, Ryan's parents will be out of work leave and may have to spend significant time without any income. If the family can get the necessary funding needed to reach Ryan's first treatment milestone of 8 months, the family could then better manage his treatment and preserve some normalcy to Ryan's young life.