Help Nolan On His Road to Recovery #fightlikeaCyr

For: Nolan Cyr
Windham, ME
Organizer: Jessica Messina
Help Nolan On His Road to Recovery #fightlikeaCyr (Nolan Cyr)
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 289 donors
82% Complete

The Story

Chances are, if you've found this page, you know Nolan Cyr. 11 year old hockey player extraordinaire. For those of you that don't know Nolan, he is the sweetest brother, son, cousin, nephew and friend a person could ask for. His personality is like none other. Always has a smile on his face, and is the funniest 11 year old I know. As Nolan's aunt, I wish I did not have to recap what we have discovered over the past week. Yet, here we are, and we all must stand behind him and his family and #fightlikeaCyr. Below are some excerpts in Angela's words-

"This cute boy is probably the most lovable, caring and precious boy you will ever meet. He's been having some trouble with his left knee for the last couple of months. The pain would come and go but he had a limp. So we took him to the orthopedist this past Thursday night for what we thought was a sports injury. They did an x-ray of his leg and noticed something off about the base of his left femur. The doctor kept saying words like "benign" and Boston, but I didn't hear anything, except the blood literally draining from my face and my own heart beating in my ears. Nolan was scheduled for an MRI the following day. What a brave boy he was - he had an hour long scan. I stood next to him the entire time kissing his forehead and stroking his hair. Just enough of his head was sticking out of the MRI machine for me to do this. We got a call a couple hours later and there was indeed a lesion on his femur. His bone was so brittle and weak they had no idea how he was able to bear any weight, let alone skate as he had been doing just that weekend in his hockey tournament. We got some news this morning that no child should ever have to hear. Nolan has cancer - osteosarcoma. If there is a silver lining in any of this news, the chest CT and bone scan were both negative, meaning the cancer has not spread. Nolan will get to receive his chemotherapy at the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in collaboration with the doctors at the Jimmy Clinic for 10 weeks then will head to Boston to get the tumor surgically removed, followed by more chemotherapy.

He's 11 years old, a little brother, our baby. Every ounce of support has truly held us together."

"To say that Angela and Jason are involved in their community and their kids' activities is an understatement. It goes beyond driving them to every tryout, audition, practice, and rehearsal. This family is all in, for their kids and their friends.

Jason coaches Nolan's hockey team, Angela produces the girls' plays, and volunteers to work on the set. She helps bring the costumes to life with beautiful face paint, turning a community production into something magical.

They take vacations to help with tech week and give up weekends during each play. They run concessions, help behind the scenes, source donations from other parents (a huge undertaking in itself).

And if YOU need help getting YOUR kids to a Cyr included event, you can bet that Angela and Jason are willing to do that, too. All of this while raising some of the best kids and teaching them through their example what it means to give.” -Meg Hatch

So we are here to rally behind Nolan, to support the Cyr family, and to give. Give our love, our time, our prayers and positive thoughts. We are at the beginning of a long road. They will need our support. I ask of you to share this, in hopes we can reach as much of their network as we can, and beyond. Any donation you make to the family will be cherished. The Cyr family never ask for anything. They are givers. It's time we give back to them, to support them in the toughest journey any family could embark on.

#teamnolancyr #fightlikeacyr

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 30, 2017


Posted on October 30, 2017

It’s been a bit since we’ve checked in. Many thanks to those who follow our #fightlikeacyr Facebook page and provide us with continued support through your kind words.  Nolan is doing as well as can be during his treatment, and we are happy to report, nearing the end of it!  He’s gone through 29 weeks of treatment, a surgical biopsy, surgery for an implanted port, one major surgery to partially remove his femur and implant a prosthesis, many, many scans and X-rays, 14 rounds of inpatient chemotherapy and 4 unexpected hospital stays for infection.  We’ve spend the better part of the last seven months inpatient at the hospital, but fortunately there is an end in sight.  Nolan has 4 more chemo treatments to go.  If all goes as planned we will be done treatment by the first week of December, his port will be surgically removed and we will begin the remission portion of his disease.  He will continue to need extensive physical therapy to be able to walk again, and will undergo testing every month to three months at first to make sure the cancer doesn’t return.  He will have a lifetime of testing and we hope and pray for complete remission.  Thank you all for your support, we appreciate it more than you know.  #fightlikeacyr 

Posted on June 9, 2017


Posted on June 9, 2017

Hello Everyone! Here is the most recent update from Angela. Thank you so very much for all of your support! 

I’d like to start this update by expressing our sincere thanks and gratitude for each and every donation made.  Every time we receive notification of a donation we are more grateful than you ever know.  As hospital bills continue to roll in we are grateful for insurance, which helps to cover some of the seemingly unimaginable costs that come with cancer treatment.  Your donations help with those bills as I stay home on leave from my job as a NICU nurse to care for Nolan full time, along side of my husband, who continues to work full time at his job.  Thank you.  From the bottom of our hearts.

Nolan has made it through four rounds of chemotherapy and an unexpected stay for an infection he came down with.  His body is thin, his hair is now gone, his eyes rimmed in black and red from lack of restful sleep.  Through all this, he continues to have a smile, despite feeling cruddy most every minute of every hour.  He enjoys some time at school through a donation of a robot from that allows him to remotely access his classroom, where he can participate in class and socialize with his buddies.  He is anxious for summer vacation, as are most kids at this point!  His surgical date is set for mid July.  His orthopedic surgeons will partially remove his femur and implant what we are referring to as his “bionic femur,” which will allow a special magnet help his leg grow as his other leg grows normally.  Nolan will have a couple of weeks stay in the hospital, then go back to chemotherapy for another nineteen weeks.  It’s a long road ahead.  Thank you all for sticking by him, and us, and helping to make this easier. - Lots of love and thanks, Angela Cyr & family

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