JOINING RYAN'S FIGHT

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Beneficiary: Ryan Connell Organizer: Carley Murray

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Ryan Connell is a 27 year old veteran who served a tour in Iraq in 2008. He lived in New Jersey his entire life and was in the Army Naional Guard from 2008 until 2012.  He came home with headaches but never thought anything of it. He went on with his life and worked as a chef at a country club. He decided to go to college so he went to Ocean County College and received his Associates Degree. He then moved to Clementon, NJ to further his education at Rowan University so that he could one day become a history teacher. But he suffered a grand mal seizure on a Saturday evening in 2012 and soon after found out it was a mass. Ryan underwent a craniotomy of what was believed to be a benign tumor. Then a few days passed and we got the results: Stage 4 glioblastoma encompassed by a stage 2 astrocytoma. Glioblastoma is the most rapid growing form of brain cancer. He was devastated and his whole world was turned around. But we thought he is young and can beat this thing. Ryan started with Radiation and chemotherapy and continued for about a year and had all normal MRI's. Until October of 2013 where they found a small area of suspision. It was too small and in an area where it couldn't be operated on. The doctors treated him with a new chemotherapy where they were confident it would kill the blood supply to the new area. Ryan then had a follow up MRI in December of 2013 where it was discovered that the chemo had infact stopped the growth of that area but unfortuantely a new mass had rapidly developed.. This mass had grown to an inch in diameter and is affecting his speech and concentration. Unfortunately during this time he had been dropped from his father's insurance policy due to his upcoming 27th birthday in 2014 and hasn't received military bernefits due to his "pending medical discharge from the military". Ryan had high hopes that they could remove this tumor but unfortunately the team of neurosurgeons met and said that there was no way to operate and that this tumor is in places we cant even see it. It could hurt him way more than do him any good. So here we are and our only option is to take him to Duke University Hospital in North Carolina where he can be a part of clinical trials and new treatments that have been proven successful. Please help in our fight to help Ryan get the treatment he needs to beat this disease. All funds will go to Ryan's travel and medical expenses. He served our country and now it's time to give back.
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