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)
$23,250
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 268 donors
77% Complete

The Story

Chances are, if you've found this page, you know Nolan Cyr. 10 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 10 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 10 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 June 9, 2017

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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 Gramtastic.org 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

Posted on May 1, 2017

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Posted on May 1, 2017

Hi Everyone, Today Nolan will have his port inserted and begin his first round of chemo treatment. He will be admitted to the hospital during this. His chemo will all be inpatient, each week is a different schedule of meds and each visit will be a minimum of 3 nights but most likely 4. They need to flush the meds from his system before he goes home each time and make sure his kidneys and liver are functioning because the chemo also affects his kidneys and liver.  He will have ten weeks of chemo with some intermittent time at home. He will be getting three chemo meds and a heart protectant med because they are bad for his heart. He will also get anti nausea meds. Nolan is in good spirits and ready to beat this. Keep him and the entire Cyr family in your thoughts and prayers! #letsbeatthis #fightlikeacyr 
xoxo Jessica 

Posted on April 22, 2017

Posted on April 22, 2017


Today marks exactly two weeks since we made the first visit with Nolan to the orthopedist for what we assumed was a pulled muscle or a ligament injury in his knee, and exactly 11 days since we found out he has a tumor.   Never, ever, did we go to the doctors and expect to hear that our child has cancer.  Look at this kid - his rosy cheeks, his perfect smile that lights up a room, the kid that can skate circles around the ice, stick handle like a boss, play a mean game of knee hockey, dribble a soccer ball like it’s no body’s business and melt you with one of his hugs, or bat of his eyelashes.  He looks and acts SO healthy, but he’s not.  And that is terrifying.

It has been a busy two weeks with various doctor and hospital visits, as well as bad news, and emotions that we could never imagine we would have to endure. Nolan was a champ when he underwent an hour and a half biopsy on his tumor under general anesthesia this past Thursday at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He’s been staying off of his leg using crutches and a wheelchair since we first visited the orthopedist and has been in minimal pain from the tumor that encompasses the entire left base of his femur.  The doctor’s have all made comments that they believe that because he is a hockey player he is a “different breed” with a high level of pain tolerance. This keeps Nolan smiling, because he knows he is strong. #fightlikeacyr #cyrstrong

We have been overwhelmed, and so deeply touched by all of you.  Some of you we know well, others we do not know, and we want to thank each and every one of you individually.  Your support means the absolute world to us, and we want you to know that your donation, your note, your email, message, card, present, hug, and even smile has kept us going, and lifted our spirits so high that we do believe we can beat this.  Your support of Nolan has lead him to believe that HE can beat this, and his bravery and positive outlook towards his diagnosis has given us a whole new reason to be proud of him.

We head into next week with an appointment to his Pediatric Oncologist here in Maine, and hopefully the ball will start rolling so that chemotherapy can begin, and we can start to #fightlikeacyr and kick cancer right where it hurts.

Unfortunately, this page does not allow me to thank you all individually.  But please know, we have read your comments, shed tears over your donations and well wishes, and wondered how we deserve to have all of your in our lives.  Thank you, all of you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Love, The Cyr Family (Angela, Jason, Chloe, Daphne, and Nolan)

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