Ryan is 16 and is a Junior at Union Grove High School. He was diagnosed about 15 months ago with T-Cell Leukemia.
He had been sick for a couple of weeks and the blood work showed that it was Leukemia. After starting treatment with Chemotherapy for a week under the care of Medical College of Wisconsin Physicians in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Ryan developed a rare, life threatening fungal infection which led to surgeries to keep it from invading his body further. Understandably, the Leukemia compromised this process. Ryan missed his entire Sophomore year of high school. Having started a lawn mowing business at 10, Ryan is back to doing “normal stuff” again while enjoying the outdoors with fishing, kayaking and mountain biking. He enjoys metal shop and house maintenance studies in school. Ryan has a younger brother and also has an Uncle who battled cancer successfully as a child in the 1970s. His mom said the family’s “strong faith in God helped them tremendously.” She also noted that research was invaluable and paved the way for Ryan’s success. She described his care in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as “phenomenal.”
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