The touching moment brave Ryan (2) meets his cousin through glass ahead of gruelling cancer treatment
In times of trouble there’s nothing like a true friend and little Ryan Coyle (2) has one in his cousin Nathan, who called to lift his pal’s spirits even though the pair cannot be in the same room.
The two-year-old tots are best friends but the pair have been kept apart in recent weeks as Ryan is undergoing intense treatment for a rare cancer neuroblastoma.
The brave two-year-old was delighted to receive a visit from his friend Nathan (2), even though they could only communicate through a pane of glass following Ryan's bone marrow transplant. Ryan’s immune system is so weak that he has to be kept in isolation, with only a select few, including his mum and dad, allowed to be in the same room.
Ryan’s uncle Brendan Coyle said the twosome have always been great friends.
“There’s only six months or so between them and they’re the best of friends. Ryan’s in isolation at the moment ahead of treatment so Nathan could only go up to the window but it was nice to see. Obviously it’s been a difficult time for our family,” he said.
Little Ryan, from Drogheda, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma on New Year’s Eve and his family are desperately raising funds to support necessary treatment in the USA.
The little boy has gone through eight rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Crumlin. However, between 60pc and 70pc of children who go into remission from this type of cancer relapse. The specialised treatment in the US could help prevent Ryan relapsing.
“Everyone has been great, we’ve raised about half of the money for Ryan’s treatment so far thanks to everyone’s huge support.
“The chance of a relapse is quite high which is why these funds are so important to us,” Brendan said.
Ryan’s parents Leanne and Donal, who are expecting their second child in two weeks, have set up a fundraising page to help raise much needed funds for Ryan’s treatment. The family have raised more than €148k of the €300k needed to support Ryan's life-saving treatment in America.
To donate online visit: asmileforryan.com
Account Name: A Smile For Ryan.
Account No.: 79913183.
IBAN No.: IE73AIBK93209479913183.
Bank Name: Aib Drogheda.
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