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.