Ryan Hoffmann's Battle with Cancer

For: Ryan Hoffmann
Organizer: Kelli Johnson
$8,390
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 84 donors
83% Complete
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The Story

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! 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 27, 2014

Posted on June 27, 2014

Ryan got his blood work done on Tuesday and in the words of his oncologist “I am just amazed by how well he has recovered.”  She said that in her experience he is amongst the best with how well he has been able to recover and bounce back!  That’s our stubborn, tough, fun loving Ryan and we are grateful he is so strong!  Actually he is kind of a wimp when things get hard, so to be realistic we will chalk this up to him being carried and strengthened by the out pouring of good all around us, and the faith and prayers of so many!

Ryan has another PET scan July 1st and then will be returning to Wyoming!  As of right now we are planning to have him follow up with the oncologist in Casper that we started this journey with and do any immediate blood work or concerns with her. But we will travel to Denver every 3 months for his appointments at Childrens! 

We have raised $8,390 to help offset the financial burden of this emotional journey for Ryan and his parents. That is $1,610 below our goal but we still feel successful and overwhelmed by the generosity from everyone who has contributed! Thank You!  THANK YOU!!!

I will post again after his scan next week to let you know what they see! Have a good weekend!  


Posted on June 9, 2014

Posted on June 9, 2014

5 more days of Chemo! Ryan was admitted this morning and is expected to stay until Friday night. He recovered well and is doing better than we expected. His hardest recovery issue has been that he has bad leg aches and his legs are really really weak. The medical team thinks this might be due to the medicine they give him to help his body produce new white blood cells and is something we will pay close attention to when he is able to truly recover.
We are still not sure if Ryan will return to Casper with Kelli and Chauncy, his sister and brother-in-law,  or to Sheridan with Mom and Dad. We have asked the medical team if there is an oncology group that they feel would better understand Ryan and the type of cancer we are working with. I will let you know when that decision is made!
As always Thank You for your support! I hope you have a good day!

Posted on June 5, 2014

Posted on June 5, 2014

Ryan is scheduled to start his last round of Chemo on Monday June 9, 2014! He will be admitted Monday morning and discharged Friday night…if all goes as planned! This has been an amazing journey full of ups and downs and we are very thankful to be rounding this last corner.  Ryan will finish his Chemo days and then remain in Denver through the end of June so that he will be able to be monitored by his doctors.  Then he will be allowed to return to Wyoming. We are planning on following the advice of his doctors on whether Casper or Sheridan has an oncology group that they recommend for Ryan’s follow up care.
Thank you for all of the support we have received. There is still time to donate if anyone out there still can! Every amount helps and is greatly appreciated! I wish you all a fun, happy, safe summer! If you have kids, hug them a little tighter today! And if you don't have kids...hug your parents! Family is what this is all about!!!!

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