Help 6 Year Old Ryan Beat Leukemia
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Ryan was living what would be considered the normal life of a five-year-old boy who loved going to school to learn, playing with friends, teaching others all he knows about dinos, dragons and sharks, visiting the Natural History Museum, playing baseball, soccer and video games. His world changed suddenly with the diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) one month before his sixth birthday, in April 2017.

Ryan has been bravely battling many rounds of chemotherapy treatment at CHLA. On July 21, 2017, after big Bro Matt had donated his stem cells, Ryan finally underwent his bone marrow transplant procedure, after several weeks of super intense chemo therapy treatments. Ryan celebrated his BMT birthday with his twin sister, big brother, and parents in his glass room at CHLA. In the past 4 months, Ryan has demonstrated super-hero strength enduring his intensive chemo treatments and the transplant.

Mom has been right along side Ryan throughout his entire course of treatment, living at and near Children's Hospital day and night. Mom took a leave of absence from work, eventually her company could not hold onto her job any longer. The Jacoby's, on top of the nightmare of their son being diagnosed with a rare type of AML, now have to deal with loss of Mom's full-time income. Medical expenses for their family keep rising as the weeks and months go by of constant medical care.

We are asking you to help fund the Jacoby family's medical and life expenses through this extremely tough time. Ryan's type of AML is very serious and will require years of continual treatments. Any remaining money will be used toward starting a non-profit for other children who suffer from Ryan's type of leukemia.

Most importantly, beyond any monetary donations, please spread the word about www.bethematch.org. Unfortunately, there was no match for Ryan on the global registry, due to the lack of candidates that are of similar racial makeup: Asian/caucasian. Like all individual super-heroes, he needs the help of another super-hero like you - a matching marrow donor - to defeat the villain known as childhood cancer. To qualify as his partner against this evil enemy, you need to have an Asian/Caucasian ethnic mix and share his tissue type. Even if you are not a match to Ryan, you may be able to partner with another superhero in need! Please consider registering; all it takes is a simple cheek swab test.

Ryan Jacoby and his family will make it through this very difficult chapter in their lives. They would be eternally grateful and humbled by any help that is donated on Ryan's behalf. Thank you for reading Ryan Jacoby's story. Please pray that he will beat this nasty disease and lead a full, and vibrant life.


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