Ryans road to health ( Mercer )

$22,319 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 213 people in 23 months
Joanne Dowling
on behalf of Darlene Mercer
 Kanata, ON
July 2016 began as a typical summer for 9 nine year old Ryan Mercer riding his bike, swimming and playing with friends. It was not until Ryan returned home from a week long adventure at summer camp that everything changed.  Ryan had hurt his back; he couldn't pin point what had happened but said it was either from doing back flips while swimming or from a fall he had playing tag. Over the next several days his parents, Gareth and Darlene, realized that Ryan's back pain was not diminishing and they became concerned . Darlene brought Ryan to the doctor, but was told it was likely nothing and that he should heal with rest. This was not the case, his pain continued to get worse. The following week Darlene brought Ryan for a chiropractic assessment, but no mechanical issues were found.  Several more days passed and Ryan's pain was now affecting his sleep and could not be controlled with rest or medication. Frustrated, Darlene took Ryan to the ER and insisted that x-rays be taken. That was the turning point, when life as they knew it would change.
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.
God Bless 



  
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Update 1
Posted by Joanne Dowling
21 months ago
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Thank you to all of our generous donors, your support is greatly appreciated.
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.
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Sherri Iona
22 months ago
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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.

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$22,319 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 213 people in 23 months
Created February 22, 2017
Joanne Dowling
on behalf of Darlene Mercer
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Osgoode Rideau Atom C Senators
5 months ago

On behalf of my co-team manager, Erin Helmer, Coach Peter Volpato, parents and players on the Osgoode Rideau Atom C Senators, we would like to donate the remainder of our 2017/2018 team bank account to Ryan's family. Cynthia Buch, Erin Helmer, Peter Volpato & the Osgoode Rideau Atom C Senators

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Rameen Tariq
6 months ago
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A Hulse
6 months ago

Love from our family xox.

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Charles Kearns
6 months ago
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Erin Mears
6 months ago

Our sincere condolences. May you rest in peace Ryan. -Erin, Brendan and Harrison Mears

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Christine Ricottone
6 months ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Al and Christine Ricottone

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Anonymous
6 months ago
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Simone Munford
6 months ago

God bless!

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Pirooz Mirfakhraei
6 months ago

Wish the best for the Mercer family.

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Victor Goebel
6 months ago
Sherri Iona
22 months ago
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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.

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