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Saving Little Ryan

Saving Little Ryan

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Update on Little Ryan (November 26th, 2019)

Last week Ryan completed his first round of targeted radiation treatments on his chest. Being the brave little boy he is, Ryan continues to impress and win the hearts of those who are treating him. He readily hops up onto the treatment bed and positions himself in a ‘body cast’ which has been molded to his shape to keep him still while radiation is administered.

As you may be aware, no one can be in the room with him when he receives radiation treatment. For many children this would be extremely upsetting but Ryan is taking it in his stride. His mom, Charlotte, being the resourceful lady she is, came up with the idea of reading to him on the intercom to keep him engaged and give him a sense of comfort when he receives the radiation. They are currently reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and he is enjoying the story very much!

Ryan needs to be in Johannesburg from Monday to Friday in order to receive his radiation and chemotherapy. He and Charlotte returned home for the weekend this past week and spent some time with Tony and Jade. On Saturday Ryan visited the farm to see his Granny and Grampsy and despite having a week of radiation and chemo treatment, he was full of energy and smiles. He rode his mini motorbike like a champion and swam with his dad, Tony. As usual, Granny made him his favourite foods and he ate very well. If that wasn’t enough, it’s mango season on the farm and Ryan is apparently steadily ‘eating up the profits!’

This week Ryan is undergoing his second round of radiation treatments. Jade has been able to join Ryan and Charlotte in Johannesburg this week as her school year has come to a close. Despite all the disruption to her routine, Jade received a wonderful school report card and we’re all so very proud of her hard work and perseverance. Tony will be joining his family in JHB this weekend as Ryan will be receiving his 19thchemotherapy treatment.

As always, your interest and support mean the world to Ryan and his family. We’re fast approaching the halfway mark of the target goal amount (just as Ryan approaches the halfway mark of his treatment schedule!) We wouldn’t have made it to this point without your kindness and generosity.

Thank you all so very much.

With love and appreciation,

Bridgett (Tony’s Sister)

 

 

Udate on Little Ryan (13 November 2019)

For the first time in months Ryan’s had a break from chemo and hasn't had to travel to Johannesburg for treatment these past two weeks.

During his 'time off', Ryan was well enough to attend a school concert and he was so very excited to see his sister Jade on stage! He also spent a few days each week going out on the farm with his Dad, Tony. Ryan likes to inspect the crops in the fields and check that the workers are doing a great job packing produce in the shed. He spent time with Granny baking banana muffins and he and Grampsy enjoyed a swim as it’s been so very hot. Ryan’s been a bundle of energy and has eaten like a horse!

This past Saturday, Ryan attended a community golf day raising funds for children with cancer. He walked his Granny off her feet insisting that she see the tent where the drinks and food were being served!

It's been wonderful for Ryan and his family to enjoy doing these ordinary things that so many of us take for granted.

Starting this week, Tony, Charlotte and Jade will be taking Ryan back to JHB where he will be having daily radiation in addition to his chemotherapy.

Five days a week he will receive treatment and then, as long as he is well enough to travel, they'll make the 4-5 hour trip back home to Louis Trichardt each weekend, and then do it all again the following week.

This will be their routine until the new year.

Thank you all so very much for your kind words and generous donations. The fund has already reached just over 40% of the target.

Please continue to keep Ryan and our family in your hearts and prayers.

With love, Bridgett (Tony's Sister)

 

Update on Little Ryan (23 October 2019)

Just two weeks ago Ryan underwent surgery to remove the malignant tumor he calls his paw-paw (papaya). The chemotherapy he has endured over the past three months shrunk his tumor to an operable size and it was successfully removed. His doctors, family and friends are very pleased with the outcome as the histology report indicates there are no living cancer cells in the mass removed.

Ryan stayed in the ICU for a few days before being moved to a recovery ward. He was discharged after six days and went home to Louis Trichardt for a few days before returning back to Johannesburg to have another round of chemotherapy.

This last round was particularly hard on his post-surgery little body but being the brave boy he is, he hasn’t lost his smile.

The road ahead is still a very long one…

In addition to weekly chemotherapy, Ryan will have 36 sessions of radiation to target spots on his pelvic bone, heart and lungs. This will mean additional time spent away from home as his treatment schedule requires him to be in Johannesburg for extended visits.

Thank you so very much for your kindness and support.
Please continue to keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Please check back for updates as I'll be posting regularly.

With love, Bridgett (Tony's Sister)

Original Message:

Hi, my name is Kathryn Straughan and I am making an appeal for help on behalf of my dear friends, Charlotte and Tony Burchell who live in Louis Trichardt, South Africa.

Their 5-year-old son Ryan has been diagnosed with stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma - an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer that develops from skeletal muscle cells that have failed to fully differentiate. Ryan has a tumour in his pelvis that he calls the 'pawpaw' (papaya) because of its size. He has been having chemotherapy for the past few months to shrink the tumour so it can be removed by surgery.

Ryan is an incredible kid. He is so kind-hearted and he'll give you his last Rolo (chocolate candy). He is super active and intelligent and loves being busy. He is adventurous and a complete social butterfly and knows how to charm the girls. He is incredibly close to his big sister, Jade, who absolutely adores him.

Tony and Charlotte are doing everything they possibly can to help Ryan fight this disease. Charlotte is a chiropractor and has put her practice on hold to take care of Ryan full time. Tony is a farmer and is balancing his duties while also taking care of his family. Funding Ryan's medical costs have become a huge strain on them.

I am hoping that together we can raise as much as possible to help with the costs of Ryan's surgery and those associated with getting him to his treatment. Once a week they drive four hours from Louis Trichardt to Johannesburg and then back home again. All contributions will go a long way to helping them manage the mounting costs. Once Ryan's surgery has been completed, he will continue to have weekly chemotherapy until April 2020.

Your donation, big or small, will go towards helping Ryan get the treatment he needs to fight this cancer and to support his loving parents to meet the enormous costs involved in getting their son the quality care he needs. Little Ryan is a real fighter and has been incredibly brave so far. 

Please help however you can. Every cent really does count. Every kid deserves a happy, healthy life and Ryan just wants to be that kid again.

All money raised will go into an account in Ryan's name and will be used towards his medical costs and associated travel expenses.

Funds raised will be paid directly into the beneficiary's bank account.

With appreciation,

Kathryn

Donations

  • Dec 13, 2019 - USD $ 53.83
  • "Healing prayers and strength from the US. " - KH

  • Dec 05, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Psalm 23" - Tanya

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 71.78
  • "Stay strong little man." - Anonymous

  • Dec 04, 2019 - R 210.76
  • "Sending prayers!????" - Ivan

  • Dec 04, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Riding4ryan @ Roof of Africa 2019. You got this little man!!! Let’s do this!!! " - Elize Olivier

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 68.23
  • "God bless you" - Ivan Carmosino

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 71.78
  • "I'm rooting for you to win, overcome, and get better." - VMZ

  • Dec 04, 2019 - USD $ 11.12
  • "Courage to you ????????#CyborgNation" - Frank Ricci

  • Dec 03, 2019 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Get well soon " - Anon

  • Dec 03, 2019 - USD $ 3.95
  • "Best wishes" - Scooter

  • Dec 03, 2019 - USD $ 5.26
  • "Stay Strong Ryan" - Anonymous

  • Dec 02, 2019 - USD $ 14.34
  • "????" - Terri and fam

  • Dec 02, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Keep up the fight - “Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.”" - Christine Markow/Pinkbelt

  • Dec 02, 2019 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Fight" - Chris

  • Dec 02, 2019 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Keep on owning the Day Ryan! " - Blanca Chavez/PinkBelt

  • Dec 02, 2019 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Praying for you. Get better soon" - Anonymous

  • Nov 30, 2019 - USD $ 39.52
  • "Sending you much love and many blessings. " - Deb and Family

  • Nov 30, 2019 - USD $ 75.15
  • "You are in our thoughts! " - Anonymous

  • Nov 29, 2019 - USD $ 134.92
  • "Such a strong little boy. A real fighter." - Anonymous

  • Nov 23, 2019 - USD $ 113.70
  • "Thinking of you, from anonymous supporters in Canada" - anonymous

  • Nov 21, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "

    Sending love and strength to you all xxx

    " - Tich

  • Nov 19, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Holding you and your family in our prayers" - Jacques

  • Nov 16, 2019 - USD $ 71.43
  • "Get better soon Ryan! Love to you and your family??" - Appelbaum family

  • Nov 14, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Praying that you keep your smile throughout treatment, and that 2020 sees you cancer free- with an even bigger smile! :)" - Muslim Mum

  • Nov 13, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love" - Dev Randal-Smith

  • Nov 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Nothing is impossible. With Prayers, love and courage you will win. Never give up" - Jackie & Ash Patel

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 1 570.00
  • "May God bless you and keep you during this difficult time. We are all keeping your family in our prayers. " - Children of Little Explorers school

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Sending you lots of love sweet boy xxx" - Anonymous

  • Nov 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Stay strong. Much love ??" - Lesley Movius

  • Oct 30, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "

    Holding the whole family in my heart! Keep fighting Ryan - you got this!

    " - Tich

  • Oct 30, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "

    Sending love to you all. Stay strong and brave little Ryan! xx

    " - Susan and Andre

  • Oct 25, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Lots of love ???? " - Reyaansh

  • Oct 25, 2019 - USD $ 40.00
  • "May the force be with you as regain your power" - Michele Page

  • Oct 25, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Sending lots of healing love to little Ryan" - Leslie Potter

  • Oct 22, 2019 - USD $ 72.59
  • "We wish you strength and love" - Sylvie

  • Oct 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers xxx" - Megan Hope

  • Oct 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "May your family angel wrap his wings around you and give you support." - Susan Goslett

  • Oct 21, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Our prayers are with you Ryan, and we believe you will overcome this battle xx" - Kerry and Raimondo

  • Oct 20, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thinking of you" - Mike Marinus

  • Oct 20, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Keep fighting Ryan" - Nicky Moulder

  • Oct 19, 2019 - USD $ 31.56
  • "Keep fighting little man! You will win this fight ??" - Kate and family

  • Oct 18, 2019 - USD $ 25.00
  • "We wish you all the best." - Dorien & Ol

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing Ryan all the very best. " - SueB

  • Oct 17, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "Ryan you are in our prayers" - Anonymous

  • Oct 17, 2019 - USD $ 210.40
  • "Ryan, you are blessed!! Hugs from the United States." - Granny Jennings

  • Oct 16, 2019 - USD $ 31.56
  • "My prayers are with you. May God bless little Ryan. " - Anthea Hughes

  • Oct 16, 2019 - USD $ 141.14
  • "You got this little buddy!! Hang in there mom, dad and family ??" - Tristan

  • Oct 16, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Wishing all the best to Ryan and strength to his family helping him with this fight" - Leanne

  • Oct 15, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Brave boy x" - MCAH

  • Oct 15, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and best wishes" - Nicole Bernic

  • Oct 15, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Thoughts go out to you!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Mag God lig maak op jou paaie, ? kers wees vir jou kaart." - Walter

  • Oct 14, 2019 - USD $ 50.14
  • "God Bless" - Anonymous DC

  • Oct 14, 2019 - USD $ 42.08
  • "Praying for Ryan. God bless him and his family." - Muriel Owens, DC

  • Oct 14, 2019 - USD $ 35.58
  • "Praying for a speedy recovery" - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "We pray for you little Ryan xx" - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2019 - USD $ 58.25
  • "Sending love and strength to the whole family xx from the Smullen family ????????????" - Claire

  • Oct 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "You got this champ!" - Trish and Morgan

  • Oct 13, 2019 - R 3 260.52
  • "keep brave and strong we know you can do it" - diane and bryan

  • Oct 13, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” – Emory Austin" - JOANNA COETZEE

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 555.23
  • "Sending love strength and prayers ????" - Karen Rothbart

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and praying for your Ryan! Stay Brave and strong big boy ??" - Monique McLeary

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending my love to Ryan, recover soon brave boy." - Jinping Zhang

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "sending positive thoughts" - anonymous

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Fight hard Champ" - Bridget and Boo

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 23.23
  • "Keep fighting beautiful young man. Thinking of you all" - Louisa Jenkins -Dowling

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 71.24
  • "May our lord heal you amen " - Wendy Shaw

  • Oct 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending strength to this incredibly brave child and his special family " - Heidi

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 79.73
  • "Dear Ryan, you are in our hearts ?? " - Judith and Judy

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Love from the Ormes" - Mandy

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 33.98
  • "Sending much love and prayers from our family who have first hand knowledge of your journey." - Ash Bilos

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 21.05
  • "Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time. " - Anonymous

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 21.38
  • "You're a very brave boy Ryan" - Helmut Barker

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 21.38
  • "Hope you feel better soon Ryan ??" - Ursula

  • Oct 12, 2019 - USD $ 33.86
  • "Sending my love to Ryan and his Family" - Anonymous

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Kathryn Straughan Medical Cause

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Hi, my name is Kathryn Straughan and I am making an appeal for help on behalf of my dear friends, Charlotte and Tony Burchell who live in Louis Trichardt. Their 5-year-old son Ryan has been diagnosed with stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma - an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer that develops from skeletal muscle cells that have failed to fully differentiate.