Support Ryan Starace's Fight Against Leukemia ❤

For: Ryan Starace
Hauppauge, NY
Organizer: Denise Humin Tara Wanio
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The Story

Dear Friends and Family,

As some of you may already know, Jim and Nicole had their lives turned upside down on February 28th, when their 4 year old son Ryan was diagnosed with ALL, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He was admitted to Stony Brook Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology Center and was treated for two weeks until he was stable enough to be sent home.

While Jim and Nicole are still dealing with their shock and sadness, at the same time they are 100% focused, on keeping Ryan happy and comfortable. As you can imagine, this is not easy. In the past few weeks, the little guy has received two blood transfusions, two spinal taps, bone marrow testing, a port installed in his chest to aid blood draws, and his Chemo Therapy, as the first steps in what will be an aggressive three year cancer treatment plan.

Very quickly, as word started to spread that Ryan was sick, friends and family far and wide have reached out to us to ask how they can help.

Now that Ryan is finally home, there will be periodic returns to the hospital, and then weekly or more frequent visits for ongoing outpatient treatments over the next three years. At the same time, they must somehow try to maintain a semblance of normalcy for their son Luke. For their family, the financial exposure to high deductibles, uncovered medical expenses as well as unforeseen miscellaneous expenses resulting from this new life, are some of the many challenges they will face as they reset and focus exclusively on Ryan and getting him healthy.

We are asking for your help and support to allow them to maintain this focus by taking one aspect of their stress off the table. Any small amount will help, and will be so greatly appreciated by Jim and Nicole. But just as important, please reach out to let them know how much we are all behind them in this fight. Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 20, 2017

Posted on March 20, 2017

The Starace family would like to thank every person that has contributed help in any way to support our son Ryan. Whether you just read Ryan's story and said a prayer, shared the story on social media, or were kind enough to donate in support of Ryan's fight against Leukemia, we are extremely grateful. We have been overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone and your generosity has us in tears. We feel lucky and proud to be a part of the various communities that have lent Ryan and our family a helping hand. We ask for your thoughts and prayers for Ryan as he continues his recovery and battle against this disease.

In addition, we would like to thank our parents, our sisters & brothers and nieces & nephews. Our aunts & uncles, our cousins and extended family. Our childhood friends, high school & college friends and friends from work. Friends of our parents, friends of our siblings and friends of our friends. The Wesleyan Preschool and the families of Ryan’s classmates. St Patrick’s Church, Cub Scout Pack 3333 and our new friends who we don’t even know but have been so generous. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! God bless you all.

With much love,

The Starace Family

Jim, Nicole, Luke, and especially Ryan

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