Ryans road to health ( Mercer )
Radiologists quickly determined that Ryan was suffering from a fractured vertebrae, but that was not all, further imaging confirmed that the fracture was a compression fracture of the T12, caused by a tumour on the spine. Ryan was immediately taken into care at the Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) where he underwent several MRI’s, body scans and a biopsy.
In September, Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood bone cancer. In addition to the tumour on his spine there was evidence of metastatic disease on his left arm, pelvis and collarbone. Ryan went into full fighting mode and began compressed chemotherapy treatments every two weeks along with radiation therapy.
Ryan has a long road ahead as treatment is expected to last longer than the standard 12 month protocol for Ewing Sarcoma. Darlene has not returned to work since the diagnosis. Gareth is self employed and works tirelessy to keep his business going while maintaining some form of normal home life for their 11 year old daughter, Rachel.
As the months pass and the family focuses their energy on helping Ryan through treatment their income has suffered.
Please join in raising funds for this loving family in support of Ryan’s long road to recovery.
Ryan, Rachel, Gareth and Darlene greatly appreciate all of their friends, family, neighbours and community who have reached out to support them.
Ryan had a few tough weeks recently with pain but is starting to feel better. His family met with the doctors this week and I'm happy to report that Ryan is responding to the chemo protocol so far and had an overall positive report. He heads back for another week of treatment but is in good spirits. Thanks for all your kind words and continuing to share Ryans story.
I will be donating even though I don't know you or Ryan. My oldest was diagnosed by accident in 1986 with a neuroblastoma tumour near his spine. Had he not been diagnosed accidentally he would not be alive today. Meanwhile, he is 37 and dad of two little boys himself. I wish you wish you the absolute best results for Ryan. Thoughts and prayers.