Ryan's Medical Fund

$3,311 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 52 people in 2 months
LuAnn Hunt
on behalf of Jennifer Casey
 AMHERST, VA

On February 4, my 22 year old nephew Ryan Haag, went to the ER with terrible pain in his left thigh. The ER doctor ordered a variety of tests, and by 2AM that morning, he told Ryan and his Mom, Jennifer Casey (my sister), that if what he suspected was true, that this would be a life changing event for Ryan.

Indeed it was. Within a few days, Ryan had met with an oncologist in Lynchburg who told them that he had cancer. He suspected a sarcoma type tumor, approx 8" - 9" (which is a cancer in the soft tissue), and he suspected it was a childhood type of cancer, which was quite a surprise, as Ryan is 22. The oncologist recommended that Ryan go to St. Jude Children's Research Center and Hospital for treatment as that would be his best chance of beating the cancer. 

With help from some special friends, lots of prayer and several miracles, Ryan was able to submit his medical records to St. Jude for review. Normally St. Jude doesn't except patients over the age of 19 unless it can be proven that the cancer is a form of childhood/adolescent cancer. Within 3 days of the review, Ryan and Jennifer were on a plane to St. Jude in Memphis, TN. 

Ryan had a variety of tests and Dr. appointments his first week at St. Jude to confirm a diagnosis and  prepare his method of treatment. Ryan was diagnosed with a 22cm tumor, called Non-Rhabdomyosarcoma Soft Tissue Sarcoma (NRSTS) - a very rare cancer. ( https://www.stjude.org/disease/non-rhabdomyosarcoma-soft-tissue-sarcoma.html)

On Thursday, Feb. 23, we learned that he will be at St. Jude for 7 months. He will take 5 types of chemo, the first 2 on Monday (Feb. 27)-- and then in cyles over a period of 22 weeks. In 2 weeks he'll begin proton radiation therapy that will occur 5 times per week (M-F) with some days overlapping the chemo. In 12 weeks, surgery is planned to remove the tumor.  It's going to be a rough road, but Ryan is young and healthy otherwise, and he has a CAN DO attitude to beat this.

Prior to Feb. 4, Ryan was working for VA Dept. of Transportation part time and was waiting to be called for full time work. He has a girlfriend, Sydney. They've been dating for three years. Ryan was beginning his adult life, but now it's on hold for at least a year while he beats this cancer. 

His mom, Jennifer, is on disability, so funds between them both are very little. Though St. Jude will take care of room and board and all the medical costs, there are still misc. expenses they have to cover. Funds collected will help with meals that aren't covered, transportation outside of the hospital when needed, some previous expenses they have to cover in Virginia, and medical costs incurred before going to St. Jude. 

Please continue to pray for Ryan and Jennifer.  If you can donate any amount, it would be so much appreciated! 

Ryan would love to receive cards and letters as well. You may write him at this address: 

Ronald McDonald House
Timothy Ryan Haag
Room 32
535 Alabama Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Also, if you're a supporter of St. Jude, thank you! For so many children and young people, this is their life line! 

Use this hashtag for Ryan when needed: #teamryan1994

Thank you, and God bless you all!

Ryan was getting ready to have the chemo port put in his chest (to help save veins during treatment). 

Ryan and my Mom were very close. He helped her a lot as she became less mobile. 

Ryan spent a little over a year at the Patrick Henry Boys Home. He did great there and it helped him become the young man he is today.

This family photo was taken a couple days before Ryan and Jennifer left for St. Jude. Pictured: r-l: Ryan, Jennifer, sister Amanda, Ryan's niece Avery, and brother-in-law, Alex. 


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Update 11
Posted by LuAnn Hunt
3 days ago
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Ryan completed another 3-day chemo treatment yesterday. The 3-day chemo is very strong and it really zaps his strength. However, he's hanging in there and so far he's not having too many adverse reactions to the chemo. His next set of scans is scheduled for May 15, and following the results he will have a date for surgery to remove the tumor in his left leg.

The good news is that he and Jennifer will be able to come home for 4 days prior to the surgery! St. Jude's will fly them round trip! Have I told you lately how much I love St. Judes?! That hospital is amazing and the doctors and staff connected to it are top notch!

On a side note, Jennifer is healing from her emergency gall bladder surgery and is feeling back to normal. Our sister-in-law, Dawne, flew out to Memphis a week ago Sunday and spent the week with Jennifer and Ryan in order to help them get past the previous rough week. They really enjoyed her visit! Our other sister, Sherry and her daughter Amy will be visiting them this weekend which will be an encouragement as well.

Talking with Jennifer last week, she shared some of her thoughts about what it's like when your child has cancer. She said that at St. Judes (and even the Ronald McDonald House) that cancer is on your mind 24-7. It's everywhere, and though there is a lot of hope and joy, there is also heartache and pain. She said that not only do you care for and love your own child, you end up caring for and loving other families children going through the same thing. "I try not to get attached, but I can't help to. When one of their children hurts, we all hurt." The wonderful thing is that the individual families at St. Jude's become one family.

I am so thankful there is such a wonderful support system at St. Jude and the Ronald McDonald House. It's hard knowing we can't personally be there to help them through this long journey, but at least they have their new family to lean on when we aren't there.

And, they have the prayers and well wishes of all of you. Please keep them coming. It's getting harder for Ryan each time he has another chemo treatment. Continue your prayers for Jennifer as well.

And, please hug your loved ones today.

God bless you all!
LuAnn
Best way to deal w/chemo... sleep.
After the 3-day chemo :-(
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Update 10
Posted by LuAnn Hunt
18 days ago
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Little did I know that today's post would be about Jennifer in the hospital! Jennifer suddenly took sick last night just after Ryan got into his room at St. Jude's for his next 5-day chemo treatment. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they learned her gallbladder was in bad shape. She had surgery this afternoon and is resting comfortably, although she says she's sore. She should be discharded sometime this evening and she'll return to the Ronald McDonald house to rest for a couple of days.

Meanwhile, Ryan is being a real trooper. He's had one round of chemo and 4 to go before he'll be discharged either Friday or Saturday. Then, he and his Mom will recover together.

All in all, they are both doing well. It's been a difficult day for sure, but the Lord never gives us more than we can handle. He's giving Jennifer & Ryan a lot, but they're both rising to the occasion!

Please continue your prayers for them both. I'll plan to do another update once they're both back at the Ronald McDonald House.

And, be sure to hug your loved ones today.

God bless,
LuAnn
Jennifer and her daughter Amanda.
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Update 9
Posted by LuAnn Hunt
19 days ago
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Just a quick update for now... more info as we know it. Ryan is in the hospital this week for 5 days of chemo. Upon arriving last night, Jennifer (his mom) got extremely ill and had to be transported by ambulance to another hospital. Pretty sure her gallbladder is going to exit very soon! Please pray for a speedy recovery for Jennifer and that all goes well for Ryan while he's in for his chemo.
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Update 8
Posted by LuAnn Hunt
27 days ago
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Since my last update, Ryan and his Mom had a great visit with Amanda (Ryan's sister) and her husband Alex and his 5 mo. old niece Avery. Ryan was in between chemo treatments which helped him enjoy their visit all the more.

At the end of their visit, Ryan had some more scans to see how the chemo was working. The results came in a few days later and they were good! The spot in his lungs is smaller (YEAH!) and the tumor in his leg, though larger due to swelling, was actually dying. The chemo is working! His doctor says Ryan is on schedule to have the surgery to remove the tumor in his leg in about 7 weeks, if all goes well.

He had 2 more days of chemo last week and he goes into the hospital for 5 days of chemo this coming Tuesday. Yet, because of the strength of the chemo, the drugs are hard on the rest of Ryan's body. Today, his Mom said he slept mostly, however he hasn't had any pain drugs lately. Ryan is also seeing a therapist to help him deal with everything.

He's enjoying receiving cards from his Aunt Frances, 2 times per week without fail! And, he loves getting cards from everyone else, even from people he doesn't know, who send him words of encouragement and prayer.

If you want to send a card to Ryan (or his Mom, Jennifer), his address is:

Ronald McDonald House
Timothy Ryan Haag
Room 32
535 Alabama Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105

Please continue to pray for Ryan and his Mom. They are homesick for Virginia.

And, please hug your loved ones today!

God bless you all,
LuAnn, Ryan's Aunt
Ryan and Avery. Matching hairstyles!
Chillin w/Avery at Ronald McDonald House
Ryan, his sis Amanda, Alex & Avery.
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Sherry L. H. Carton
27 days ago
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Hang onto those eyebrows Ryan! I started packing this weekend! What can I bring you? I also just started another batch of beef jerky just for you..... Any other requests? Aunt Sherry

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Wanda Mogzec
2 months ago
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We are praying for you Ryan, you can beat this !!! You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday xoxo

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Anna Eubank
1 day ago

My husband is a Supervisor with VDOT...I'm going to see if we can't pull a little money to donate!

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$3,311 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 52 people in 2 months
Created February 26, 2017
LuAnn Hunt  
on behalf of Jennifer Casey
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Don Knowles
2 days ago

God bless you, we will be praying

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Laura Pezzulo
2 days ago

Hope this helps! I don't know Ryan, but I'm confident he will get through this!

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Ted Ford
3 days ago
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Betty Lewis
1 month ago
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Praying for you and your family Ryan!

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Nicki Carroll
1 month ago
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Sending lots of prayers your way! Wyatt, my middle son, is riding in the trike-a-thon at school. All the proceeds are going to St. Jude. We are making our donation in Ryan's name!

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Bill Dawson
1 month ago
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Darlene Campbell
1 month ago
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Praying for your full recovery Ryan! I have no idea what you must be going through but God is a healer and still performs miracles!

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Mary Okon
1 month ago
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Good luck and special prayers Ryan. I don't know you but you will definitely be in my prayers for healing and strength!

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Brenda Payne
1 month ago
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Emmy Leung
1 month ago
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My thoughts and prayers are with you! Stay strong and positive.

Sherry L. H. Carton
27 days ago
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Hang onto those eyebrows Ryan! I started packing this weekend! What can I bring you? I also just started another batch of beef jerky just for you..... Any other requests? Aunt Sherry

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Wanda Mogzec
2 months ago
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We are praying for you Ryan, you can beat this !!! You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday xoxo

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Anna Eubank
1 day ago

My husband is a Supervisor with VDOT...I'm going to see if we can't pull a little money to donate!

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