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Ronan's Cancer Fight & Dreams Fund

$88,288 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 585 people in 2 months
Created August 29, 2018
In August 2018, our family received news that turned our world upside-down. My gentle, soft spoken, considerate, smart, athletic, 12 year old nephew was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a terminal, inoperable brain tumour in the brain stem.  Ronan's life expectancy is measured in months now, but we hope to beat the average and make these months memorable for him and his family.  He will complete a round of radiation therapy, and that will hopefully shrink the tumour temporarily and gain some precious time.
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My name is Karla Rice, and I have set up this fundraiser for my sister Sarah Jane, her husband Mark, and their sons Ronan and Aidan.
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There are no words that can describe the complete and utter shock, grief and helplessness that Sarah Jane, Mark and their entire family felt when hearing this news. Knowing that their son, a sweet, kind boy with unlimited potential will never grow up is an unbearable thought.  His little brother Aidan will have to live his life without the support and love of his big brother.  They will never reach those milestones together that we assumed would be a part of their lives.  His grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles, friends and countless others will forever be impacted by his life.
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The remaining time with Ronan is so very precious.  While he undergoes his radiation treatments, and we hope to hear of a new, promising treatment that might be discovered, we are trying to turn our focus on making his life be the absolute best it can be in the time we have left.  There is a lifetime of experiences and memories to create in a few short months, while also having to plan for the additional costs for his medical and at home care in the months to come.  
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So many people who know him, struggle with trying to figure out how they can help.  Most of us want to help Ronan fulfill his dreams and ensure not a single moment is wasted - to make Ronan's life as full, happy and comfortable as possible.  Sarah Jane and Mark’s colleagues, friends and extended family have been asking about a go fund me page.  The outpouring of support has been amazing, and Sarah Jane and Mark are so thankful for the thoughts, prayers and support for Ronan and their family.   This fundraiser will help them make a lifetime of memories for Ronan and their family, and to provide for him the help and care he needs in his battle with cancer.
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Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support.

Karla
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Update 10: Las Vegas (September 21,22,23)

With the early snow and the approval from doctors to travel, it seemed like the right time to check Vegas off the wish list.

Ronan had heard about Vegas from close friends who had vacationed there as a family. He loved the idea of shopping, warmth, cool shows, bright lights and tasty food. He was not disappointed. Special thanks to dear friends, and a very kind lady, for gifting them with awesome tickets to see the Jabbawockeez and the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show. Ronan reported that both shows were amazing.
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The boys got movies and root-beer! The Grandmothers, Aunties, Ronan, and his cousin got dessert and coffee. Aunty Jen worked with Confections Cake Co. in St Albert to have a cinnamon bun baking lesson. We arrived and were treated by the most beautiful and unique space filled with public art and rustic wooden decor. The owners of the small dessert shop had a special package waiting for Ronan; his own personalized chef jacket and hat, box seats to an oil kings game, movie certificates for the family and, passes for the Rec room. We had a blast weighing, mixing, rolling and baking. But what we excelled most in was sampling the deserts and drinks. Ronan and his cousin Lucas share a sweet tooth and were in heaven with the cakes, macaroons, and cheesecake we all shared. We all took home the most delicious cinnamon buns. It was a fun relaxing afternoon where we were able to visit and making sweet memories.
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Update 8: Edmonton Police Service (Sept. 6, Sept 13, Sept. 19)

When Ronan’s Auntie Julianne joined the Edmonton Police Service in (2012) it was explained that she was not just starting a new career, but had joined a new family. In these hard times, we have discovered what that means. We have discovered what compassionate and caring colleagues she works with. Their generosity has been amazing. In addition to financial support, Ronan has been able to spend some time with different units of the EPS to learn about the service and the incredible work they do.

His first opportunity was with the Tactical Unit. The boys were fascinated with all of the equipment and robots. They have determined that although their video games have them running around with sniper rifles, now that they have see the real thing, these games are crazy. You can’t run with weapons of that size! A highlight was getting to ride in the armoured vehicle “The Bat”.

A trip to the K-9 unit was next. We met Cst. Croxford and PSD Bender. We got to see where and how the dogs train. Bender wowed us with his tricks and slobbery kisses. He loves to play catch and boy can he run fast!

The third trip out with EPS was to check out the Air 1 Police Helicopter. Sgt. Barbar and the Air One Team gave Ronan a tour of the hanger and allowed him to sit in the helicopter. It was super cool to see how the cameras work and learn about how easily the officers can see things from the sky.

A special shout out to Cst. Plesa – thank you for taking the lead in organizing all of these opportunities. The memories from those days will always be treasured. (BTW - the tactical patches have already been sewn onto vests and worn during the nerf battle with his friends.)

The support and time given to Ronan from all the members of Edmonton Police Service goes above and beyond what anyone would ever expect. Our family cannot thank you enough for the kindness you have shown.
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Update 7: Ronan’s Need For Speed Part 1 (September 7 & 9)

Ronan shares a love of fast things with his Uncle Tim. On his crazy list was a couple of items that most boys wish they could do. Uncle Tim made them happen…

Motorbiking! Uncle Tim was able to take Ronan for a long ride on a Harley. Adam joined them for the road trip and they made it out as far as the biker bar in Sunnybrook. Ronan enjoyed the speed and ride. After the Harley ride, the boys decided it was time to give Uncle Tim’s bike a try.

Then, just two days after his motorbike trip, Uncle Tim was back at Ronan’s door offering some more motorsport speed. This time it wasn’t a bike…. It was a Lamborghini that he had arranged for weeks in advance. With some world class acceleration, the two spent some time speeding through Edmonton’s roadways. Ronan loved pulling up in the Lambo to surprise his school buddies.
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Created August 29, 2018
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