Monday, October 24, 2011

Pablove Across America 2011 Day 17 Morning Dedication: Ryland Walter Stout

Ryland is two years old and was diagnosed with high grade Diffuse Pontine Glioma in September. Six weeks of radiation to the brain stem is the standard treatment - he is also being treated with an off trial drug approved for adults that has success extending life in adults with brain tumors. He has finished three weeks of radiation so far and are seeing improvements in the function of the left side of his body which the tumor had impaired. Most kids with this disease die within 12 months. There are no known survivors. Ryland loves playing with his sister Jane. They enjoy hide and seek together and playing outside in the sand box. Ryland is especially fond of tractors. He likes to see them, read books about them and ride them with his daddy. He also likes to see and play with construction site machines like bulldozers and diggers. Like his dad, he likes his bike and playing basketball. Ryland enjoys making people laugh. He thinks it is very funny to take huge bites of food and eat with his mouth open. He loves bath time with his sister and cuddling with his parents and reading books at bed time.

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