I have learned over the past ten years of fighting cancer, first with my own battle with Lymphoma in 2005 and then again, with Ryan’s battle with Leukemia in 2008, 2009, and 2012 that one person or organization can make a significant difference.

Ryan and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the people and organizations that have supported us over the years!

In addition, I would like to send out a “special thank you” to a group of people that not only made a significant difference, but helped change the course of our lives forever.

You truly are the building blocks of our lives.

Dr. ZoAnn  Dreyer

Dr. Dreyer, I do not know many doctors who will give their personnel cell number to a child, but your love and support made all the difference.  I will never forget the time Ryan called you when the hospital would not release him so he could make his baseball game.  Ryan did not bother pleading his case with anyone else, he just call Dr. Dreyer directly then handed the phone to his nurse.  That was not the first time Ryan called Dr. Dreyer or the last, but now that I think about it, it always related to baseball.  Funny that he knew exactly who would always be on his side when it came to playing ball. 

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young has been by my side from the very beginning back in 2005 when I was their “client” and a cancer patient.   I am so proud to now to be a member of the firm.  It would take a multi page newsletter to properly thank all the people at Ernst & Young that have made our war against cancer a success throughout the years, but I would like to especially thank Sandra Oliver, Kevin Corbett, Steve Diamond, and most importantly Susan Bennett.  I can only pray that one day our story and what Ernst & Young did for us will help someone else understand that no matter what battle they may be facing, Ernst & Young truly cares about their people. 

Marco Gonzalez

Marco was Ryan’s first grade teacher at Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy. The Wharton K-8 Dual Language philosophy promotes both Spanish and English as languages of equal value and for first grade, 80% of the instruction is given in Spanish and 20% is in English.  Ryan was still in the extensive stage of his treatment program and we knew that he would miss a significant amount of school. Mr. Gonzalez worked continuously with us throughout the school year developing and revising a program that would allow Ryan to be promoted to the 2nd grade with the rest of his classmates.  In order to accomplish this Mr. Gonzalez worked tirelessly with Ryan on the days that Ryan was well enough to receive instruction, which included: working with Ryan at the hospital when Ryan was admitted for treatments, working with Ryan after school on the days that he could attend classes, or coming to our home if Ryan’s ANC levels were to low for him to be around people.