“Running for RYAN”
Ryan (currently 2.5 years old) was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on March 3, 2011. He has spent the last year in and out of the hospital for not only chemotherapy, but because of infections as well. His intense treatments include (but are not limited to) daily chemotherapy, 6 + hour infusions, surgeries, spinal injections, and bone marrow biopsies. Ryan’s entire treatment plan will last for 3.5 years, and he will not be done with chemotherapy or be cancer free until he is 5.5 years old! He doesn't know what life is like as a "typical" toddler, yet he proves to us every day that he is strong and never looks back. He is courageous beyond his years, and I want to do all I can to tell his story and leave his “Footprint.”
In honor of Ryan’s courageous battle with cancer, and in recognition of the outstanding care and services provided by the UMass staff, we want to give back. We would like to "pay it forward" by raising funds to create a fun and welcoming waiting area specifically for children with compromised immune systems or neutropenic children who are receiving chemotherapy. All children are required to wait in the general clinic waiting room, which is often filled with people, some of whom may be sick or contagious. Your donation to Footprints will enhance Ryan's experience, as well as the experiences of so many other children battling cancer. Together, let’s do all we can to make their journey more comfortable!
Please consider sponsoring me, and/or donating to the Footprints Program while I run 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon. With every step I will think of my son and of all the children afflicted with this awful disease. With every step I will remember every cry, every smile and every hurdle. With every step I will think of all of you and how thankful I am for your support.