Two-year-old Ryan desperately needs €300k to keep battling cancer
Published 29/06/2016 | 10:54
A fundraising initiative has been set up to help a two-year-old who has kept on smiling throughout his cancer battle.
Family and friends have been rallying around Ryan Coyle from Duleek, Co Meath, who was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma cancer in January.
Once he has completed 18 months of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and a stem cell transplant, it is hoped he can travel to the US to stop his cancer from coming back.
With estimated travel and treatment costs of €300,000, A Smile for Ryan was set up to fundraise for the brave boy.
Ryan’s uncle Brendan said he has been a trooper even through surgery to remove his tumour at Crumlin Hospital last Friday.
“We were told they would have to remove his kidney where the tumour was located but the surgery was successful and they were able to save the kidney,” Brendan said.
“We were very happy because they removed 93pc of the tumour, which is more than anyone was hoping for.
“Ryan was up talking afterwards and although they thought he would be in for up to 10 days after the surgery, he might be coming home [today].
“They couldn’t get over him in the hospital. There is no keeping him down.”
Ryan even sported his Ireland jersey to cheer on the Boys in Green from his bed on Sunday.
His parents Donal and Leanne have quickly adapted to the situation, but with Leanne due her second child in August it has not been an easy journey.
When Ryan begins his radiotherapy she will not be able to visit him due to her pregnancy.
“They have been unbelievable through it all,” Brendan said.
“Ryan himself is brilliant because when you don’t see him you’re stressing and overthinking but then he is in great form and puts our stresses at ease.
“He is keeping us going more than we are keeping him going.”
Once his treatment is done, Ryan’s family hope they will have the funds to send him for DFMO treatment in the US.
“Neuroblastoma has a very high relapse rate, with about 70pc of children relapsing,” said Brendan.
“For those who do relapse, there is a low survival rate of 20-30pc. The odds are not good.
“We want the treatment to keep him in remission.
“Everyone has been great with the fundraisers we have held. There has been about €90,000 raised to date, so we are hoping to get to €100,000 in the next few weeks.”
The fundraising website for Ryan is www.ifundraise.ie/asmileforryan.