Support Ryan During His Brain Cancer Battle

For: Ryan Schanz
Holland, MI
Organizer: Chelsea Schanz
Support Ryan During His Brain Cancer Battle (Ryan Schanz)
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The Story

**Please look under the UPDATES to see more of what has gone on since April 6th.**

*** Updates can also be found at RYAN SCHANZ'S BRAIN CANCER BATTLE on Facebook***

On Monday, April 6, 2015 Ryan had a seizure at work and was rushed to the hospital where a mass was discovered on his brain. By Friday, April 10th surgery was performed to remove the tumor. Surgery went well, but a week and a half later, Ryan was told the unfortunate news, his tumor was malignant and would require additional treatment.

Ryan would like this to be a place where people can leave positive messages of support. We will do our best to keep this page updated during his fight against cancer. Any funds raised will help cover the cost of his hospital stay, his treatments, and our travel to appointments.

A note from Ryan (5/1/2015) - 

Thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, and gestures over the past few weeks. What we've experienced could not be more unexpected, but our ability to press forward has been driven by the amazing friends, family, and medical professionals around us.

Many of you are aware of the timeline of events; most of you may recall more than I do. I'll never remember many of the things that occurred. For those of you unaware of my current status, please rely on our updates to Facebook to keep up to speed. As we move forward there will continue to be questions without answers and changes to the procedures and fight I'm engaging. We will continue to need all the love and support you can give, but a constant cycle of discussing our battle and answering questions can be overwhelming. A beautiful life will be one lived focusing on each day and cherishing the people we have around us, not dwelling on things beyond our control.

We will tackle this in every way we can, but any additional support can alleviate some unavoidable stress. We will rely on you to share our story with others to help keep the story moving.

We truly appreciate and value all of your ongoing support and thank you in advance for understanding our need to share my battle as we are comfortable and able. There's no predicting what direction this will go, our focus will remain on being positive and how to be an amazing family while still given the opportunity.

Ryan Schanz 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 8, 2018

Posted on January 8, 2018

When we decided to put Ryan's MRI off until after the holidays we didn't really expect it to get scheduled for first thing on January 2nd.
When we got the results yesterday, his oncologist had barely walked through the door when he said, "you're good again".
Then came the usual conversation of what to do next... We all agree that because Ryan tolerates his chemo so well, he should just keep taking it monthly (which his oncologist reminded us again that he really has no data to support this). With Glioblastoma, there aren't many long term treatment plans to prevent a recurrence. For now we'll take Ryan's clear MRI as a win in the battle against GBM!

We just hope for continued health and happiness in 2018 and hope the same for all of you! Thanks for the support, the likes, the comments and for sharing in our journey!

Posted on April 10, 2017

Posted on April 10, 2017

2 years.

Two years ago Ryan had a seizure at work and was rushed to the hospital. A few days later he had surgery to remove a brain tumor. We were told it was most likely brain cancer, probably a grade 2 (slow growing) or grade 3 (rapid growing) Glioma. About a week after surgery, I was driving our two little boys home from daycare when I got a call from Ryan's neurosurgeon. The pathology report was in. Unfortunately, Ryan's tumor was a higher grade than they had originally thought. I remember the neurosurgeon asking if we had a lot of support because we were going to need it. Ryan and I took our boys for a walk that night and with tears in my eyes, I shared the pathology news with him.
Grade 4.
Rapid growing.
Treatable, but incurable.

At Ryan's first appointment with his oncologist we were given some pretty discouraging statistics. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is 15 months and only about 30% live to two years.

Two years. Here we are.

There is more to Ryan's story- a hospital stay at U of M because he was having almost continuous seizures, a second, more aggressive tumor resection at U of M, radiation, and chemotherapy. When the neurologists at U of M wanted him monitored for his increased seizure activity, I had to drive him to Holland Hospital so he could be transported by ambulance to U of M. That day most of what Ryan was saying was incoherent, but during that drive he said, "why did I get the kind that makes it so hard to live?" I will never forget those words.

Two years later and Ryan is LIVING and doing a pretty good job at it! We do have hard days, but those are to be expected as a family coping with an incurable cancer diagnosis.

We continue to spend each day with our boys, as a family, and for that we are so thankful!

Posted on September 7, 2016

Posted on September 7, 2016

At the beginning of August Ryan had another routine MRI and again, his results were GOOD! Sorry it took us so long to post an update, we've been busy...

-Kayaking with family in South Haven
-Swimming at Patty's Puddle
-Building bonfires and camping in the backyard
-Barbecuing with friends for the 4th of July
-Relaxing on the beach in Traverse City during the Cherry Festival
-Camping and off-roading at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes
-Exploring Munising, Pictured Rocks, and Grand Marais while in the U.P.
-Driving through the Seney Wildlife Refuge
-Biking around Mackinac Island
-Cheering Cade on at tee ball
-Participating in an Air Dogs competition with Cash
-Sliding down water slides at Michigan's Adventure
-Wakeboarding and tubing at the lake

And yesterday we sent our biggest boy off to Kindergarten!

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