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Ryan's Leukemia Treatment Fund

$4,840 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 67 people in 8 months
Created August 18, 2018
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.
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Greetings,

I have good news to share with all of you! We recently found out that Ryan is in remission! We are so grateful to the doctors and nurses who have helped and supported us along the way. Ryan will be monitored closely over the next several months and will get another bone marrow biopsy in about 3 months. If all goes well, he will be able to get his port taken out. I know he'll be happy about that.

Also, since the genetically modified T cells eliminate the B cells he has to get immunoglobulin replacement therapy (IVIG) to give him protection against infections. He will most likely need this therapy throughout his lifetime. The estimated annual cost for IVIG therapy is $30,000 per year so your donations will help offset his medical expenses now and going forward.

Thanks to all for your support and prayers.

With appreciation,
Molly
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Season Greetings from the Dellinger Family!

Next week will mark the beginning of a new chapter in Ryan's ongoing cancer battle. He will begin immunotherapy treatment at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia. His genetically modified T-cells will be infused the day after Christmas and as those cells begin to kill the cancerous B-cells, he will most likely experience the side effects that typically occur with this treatment. We pray that his side effects will be mild and, most of all, that the treatment will put his cancer in remission. He will get another bone marrow test at the end of January which will tell us if his cancer is in remission.

Blessings to you and your families this holiday season! We are grateful for your continued support.
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The Dellinger family would like to thank Lindsay C. VanAsdalan and The York Dispatch for spotlighting Ryan's battle with Leukemia. We continue to be touched by the overwhelming flood of support and love from dear friends and the local community. You will find the article via the link below:
https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/2018/11/08/hellam-twp-teen-high-risk-cancer-gets-second-shot-life/1921650002/
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Hello everyone,

Recently, we have been notified that Ryan cannot be considered in remission as he has not seen as much progress in his chemo treatments as we would have hoped.
The next stage in the process will be to move forward with T-Cell Therapy, which will begin several weeks from now.
In the meantime, Ryan can no longer continue with the chemo treatments that he had been previously receiving as the cancer is likely to resist it moving forward.
However, he is beginning an interim treatment to help keep the cancer at bay, until the T-Cell Therapy officially begins.
Unfortunately, during this treatment, Ryan will have to stay close to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for several weeks, requiring temporary living accommodations, travel costs, meal costs, etc.
We are forever grateful for the love, support, and donations we've received thus far and continue to ask that you keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers and help us by sharing his story with others.
Thank you.

Sincerely,
The Dellinger Family
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Raised by 67 people in 8 months
Created August 18, 2018
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