Ryan's story

Ryan was diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma N-MYC amplified in July 2008. He was out of treatment for just over a year when in November 2010 our lives were again turned upside down when we discovered the disease had returned in his bones and bone marrow. After a year of treatment re-staging scans in November 2011 showed that he had again achieved remission.

However just 3 months later, in February 2012, end of treatment scans gave us the devastating news that the disease has returned, this time with a tumour near his spine. In March Ryan started 4 weeks of radiotherapy followed by chemotherapy which is on-going. Re-staging scans in May and August showed no evidence of disease. On the 4th September 2012 Ryan received treatment in Tubingen for a haplo-identical stem cell transplant. He is a happy, active boy who is now enjoying life to the full.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Ryan's dream comes true

If you know Ryan you will know he loves Travis Pastrana. He has watched him for hours on YouTube, watched DVD's and his life story. Ryan wants to be like Travis, Ryan had a quad bike when he was two and a half and a motorbike when he was 5. Before he last relapsed we bought VIP tickets to see him at the O2 next month but obviously we cant go. We decided to contact Make-A-Wish to ask if they could help Ryan meet Travis while he is doing his european tour. They contacted their US team, who contacted Travis who said YES!

We are driving (5 hours) to Dusseldorf today and meeting him tonight at 6.30pm! Wont be able to see show but Ryan understands why and also knows that no-one else will getting a private meeting.

He didnt really believe it when we told him. He said 'seriously' 'are you sure!'
Then a bit later he said ' Its not going to be like meeting Santa on that Santa flight is it?' (The Santa was so obviously not the real Santa, you could see the elastic on his beard!) 'No we said this is going to be the real thing!' Ryan did a Big Smile!

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