On January 21, 2014 Ryan Hoffmann was admitted into Wyoming Medical Center due to severe dehydration and being close to renal failure (kidney failure). Ryan had been throwing up for 4 days. After a series of events and tests done to find the cause of his nausea and kidney problems our family received the earth shattering news on January 25 that our 25 year old had a rare cancer called Burkitt Lymphoma. This type of lymphoma is most common in males under 30, very common for Down Syndrome and is very aggressive in nature. So with 2 strikes against him we began our fight! We were advised right away that Ryan would need to be at a University Hospital where they would have the staff and equipment to handle this rare Cancer and the side effects that come with it. Tumor Lysis syndrome is one of the side effects they were referring to and was actually the cause of his throwing up and kidney problems.
On Monday January 27th, Ryan was transported via ambulance to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora Colorado. There he has been put on dialysis to help his kidneys recover and has started chemotherapy to start fighting the Burkitt lymphomas that have spread throughout his abdomen. While we still don't have a prognosis or fully understand how severe the cancer is throughout his body, we do know that the chemo treatments are working and the dialysis has helped him make it to a stable physical state.
Garry and Joan Hoffmann, Ryan's parents, are able to be with him in Colorado and are staying at a very close Springhill Suites Marriott through a program offered through the hospital for cancer patients for a discounted rate. For now, our family is "cautiously optimistic" and we all have full faith that Ryan is in Gods hands whatever may come. We have set up this site to offer a way for friends and family to get updates on Ryan and to be able to offer help by making donations to offset the costs of hotel, fuel, food and medical expenses that are adding up quickly.
On behalf of the whole Hoffmann family, we are all very grateful for the many prayers and services already rendered on behalf of Ryan and extend our sincerest THANK YOU for visiting this site and joining this journey with us! There is strength in numbers!