Follow along and read about how Ryan spent his final days surrounded by those he loved the most... his FAMILY.

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August 30, 2009

It's time...

So last week Ryan had his Bone Marrow Biopsy and PET/CAT scan

and although he was sore from the biopsy, he still got out and tried to fit in as much as possible.

Went shooting with his Dad

Went to a car sales event to look around

... and was in HEAVEN.

He starts them young...

he even got in another trip to Madera Canyon


Well... on Friday we got some news.

Ryan is READY for transplant.

This last round of chemo really got the cancer under control. Ryan and his brother will go in for testing on Thursday and Friday of this week. They will then both meet with the transplant Dr on the 10th for another in-depth info meeting.

Then on Sept. 14th Ryan will be admitted to UMC to begin transplant, where he will spend the next 4-6 weeks.

Thank you ALL for your continued blessing and prayers. Please continue sending them his way and also for his Brother Mitchell- without him, this wouldn't be possible!

Much love to all!


*FIGHT Ry...we LOVE you*



Seth and Julie said...

WOW!!! That is awesome that they have Ryan's cancer under control enough to do the transplant. All the extra strength and energy will be an awesome blessing going into transplant. I suspect that someone is watching over you guys. :)

Sending big prayers to him and Mitchell!!!! And the rest of you, of course!

Maybe we should pick a day and have a big giant group fast. What do you think?

Norm and Debbie said...

It's great to see him looking so good. We'll pray for him and his brother.

Stacey Mom said...

Ryan, you and your bro will be in my prayers. I'm so glad things are going as planned. Take care Ryan, I'm hoping for all the best things!


LeShel said...

Go team HESS!! Keep fighting!! I'm with Julie on the group fast! Pick a day and count ME IN.

Lila said...

this is very great and uplifting news. looking forward to the update this weekend. ;)

Stacie said...

We wish you luck with the transplant and hope there aren't too many side effects. Chloe had some but was able to handle it like a champ, the hard part is staying in the room the 4 to 8 weeks until engraftment, sibling transplant engraft faster so good luck and you are in our prayers. We feel for you!!
The England Family

Heather said...

Good luck and know we are praying for you!!

Lori said...

Ryan you are looking great. I don't think you remember me but my husband is your cousin Cal. Watching what you are going through brings back many memories, both old and new since both Cal and I have gone through similar situations. Keep smiling. You are doing great.
I'm so glad you have Mitchell to be there for you. May all go well and you find yourself back home with your wife and beautiful kids soon. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and yours.
Lori Call

Jared & Courtney Jackson said...

As soon as I started reading and heard the song *great choice by the way* I was brought to tears. Ryan you and your family are such an inspiration. You all are so brave! Good luck with the transplant...I will be praying for you

Heather n Ryan said...

It is great to see Ryan looking so good. Your family is in our prayers and we are in on a fast also if you choose to do that!

Ryanne said...

Great news! We will continue to have your family in our prayers and add Ryan's brother. We love to see all the great things Ryan is doing.

Celeste said...

We wish you the best and will be thinking of you!!
The Lindos

Kim Thacker said...

Awesome! We are praying for you and Mitchell and are sending love your way, too.

Theresa said...

Wow, I just learned how to shoot a gun a few months ago. IT is really tough. He must be feeling ALOT better. So good to see. Praying for you, Ryan, and Mitchell. Much Love!

Kristen Ann said...

Just got an email from Mindy Burns. I am in the 2nd ward here in Sahuarita. Anyway, I am a survivor of lymphoma. I had non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma, 14 yrs ago. I know some of what you are going through. I didn't have to do a bone marrow transplant though. You and your family will be in my prayers! The one thing I learned during my experience is that Heavenly Father does support us. I often received strength that I physically did not have. Keep up the fight!
Kristen Howlett