Rylan is 13 and a ninth grader doing online schooling in Sylvan Grove, Kansas. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastomic Leukemia on March 16, 2020.
Like so many other families, Rylan's parents' focus became his health and recovery while siblings were cared for by other family members.. "The most difficult part of this is all the time away from home and our other kids while adjusting to a new normal," said Sara, Rylan's mom. She continued by saying, "While in the hospital, the inspirational sign reading "Love Will" reached my heart every time. It's a message that all parents need all the time, but even more so while supporting your child undergoing cancer treatment."
In July 2020, Rylan returned to Children's Mercy for a Car-T Cell transplant. The transplant is an alternative to chemotherapy with less side effects and positive results. For Rylan, the Car-T Cell transplant boosted him into remission.
Unfortunately, Rylan relapsed in October. He is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant, but is in good spirits despite this setback.