Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A New Year's Celebration at Children's.....

Well as we close out 2008, I guess it is only fitting that we spend the the final night of the year in the hospital. Ryan has continued to have a fever, and the source of the infection has been found. Ryan has a bladder infection and it along with the fever has continued to take its toll on his counts. Now that we know what we are fighting, hopefully we can work towards a quick recovery plan. Ryan is not happy about being in the hospital so if you can, please send him a text of encouragement and let him know you are thinking about him.
Hopefully everyone will have a safe and Happy New Year! Let's pray that 2008 is behind us, and that 2009 will be a fantastic year for Ryan and everyone around him.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ryan is Back at Children's Hospital

Ryan went in for standard labs on Monday. He had a headache and a low grade fever. Once the results from the labs came back, Ryan was kept because of very very low counts. Ryan has received a couple pints of blood and a bag of platets. This has been very tough on Ryan as he was really looking forward to seeing friends before they head back to college. Please feel free to call Ryan on his cell phone to see if he feels like having visitors as I believe it will do him a world of good.
Please keep Ryan and all the kids on J5 in your prayers at this time. Yesterday the floor was completely full of sick children. This time of year is hard on their systems, but a time they look forward to the most. Please remember Trey also as he is still facing a tough battle at home. Have a safe holiday season with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ryan on the front page of the Dispatch

Merry Christmas. I just wanted to write a quick note to tell everyone that Ryan was featured on the front page of today's Sports Page of the Columbus Dispatch. So, for those of you who received today's Christmas edition of the paper, check him out. I'll post a link here too for you. The article in the paper also has a good picture of Ryan with Jody Shelley.

I hope you all are having a Blessed Christmas Day. Hug and love on your families and friends. Like Brad said in his last post, it can be taken from you in an instant. Make sure everyone you love knows it. Cherish every moment.

May God Bless you on this Christmas Day.
~Aunt Amy

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Week Chemo and Scans

Ryan is back home after finishing a two day round of chemo. This was the first time Ryan has done this specific chemo treatment, and it has been tough on him. Ryan is fighting bouts of nausea and just not feeling well. Ryan plans on taking it easy over the next 24 hours. As long as he feels well enough he is looking forward to spending the evening with family and friends Christmas eve at his grandparents.

The results of the scans were not quite what we had planned. Ryan has completed the intensive compression chemo rounds and 30 treatments of radiation therapy. The scans in late July had shown significant progress compared to the scans in early June. This set of scans show that the tumor in the pelvic region has slightly decreased and no new tumor growth. Other than that, there was not much improvement over the scans in July. We are thankful for what we have, but we were hoping for significant improvement. Please keep praying that the chemo continues to work in his body. Ryan will receive another CT scan in mid January to follow up from this round of scans.

Ryan will have a break for the holidays and will be back in the hospital in early January. Please enjoy the holidays with your families and friends. It can be taken from you in an instant.

Please pray for Trey Martens. He and his family needs strength during this holiday season.

Have a safe and Happy Holidays!!


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ryan, Jody, and another Hockey Night to Remember!

I hope that today finds you well. Ryan had the opportunity to meet Jody Shelley and spend time in the San Jose Sharks locker room. Ryan also met Jody's father-in-law, and Bob joined Ryan, Doug and me at Ted's for a great lunch and afternoon. He met most the players and had a great day. Ryan and Michelle sat right behind the San Jose Bench and enjoyed the game with some good friends. We helped to bring home a Blue Jackets victory. Thanks to Tom Lennox, Doug Shepherd, and Brian Loe who all had a hand in making this a memorable day for Ryan.
Please review the article below. Channel 6, WSYX, did a story "Beyond the Game" as well. I have also attached the links for the article and video. (There is a commercial before the video)
Ryan was at Children's Friday having his MRI's. His counts are getting better, and he will be back at Children's Monday for another round of Chemo. We will find out the results of all the scans on Monday. Please keep Ryan in your prayers for great news.
Thanks and have a great holiday season with your families.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Update as of 12/15/08

Ryan spent an unexpected weekend back at Children's Hospital due to a spiked fever early Saturday morning. Though the fever did not last long, he did test positive for an infection in the blood system. Ryan returned home Sunday evening and is resting at home.

One of the issues that Ryan has been facing are very low blood counts. However, his labs on Monday have shown increases in each individual areas. Ryan has completed the CT and PET Scans, and we are waiting for the MRI's on Friday to determine how he is progressing. We are looking forward to speaking with the doctors on Monday, December 22, 2008, to go over the results of at the scans. Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Thanks to all the people who continue to call and text Ryan as it does lift his spirits.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Today; This Year; We continue to have our Firsts!

After almost eight months of helping to care for Ryan, I have finally been invited to contribute to Ryan's blog. Actually, that is not the total truth! The truth lies somewhere between being invited and not getting the invitation and thinking about updating this at a time I can get with Barry to get access. Well, as the stars align, Barry and I connected and I am now able to add to the work Amy and Barry have done so well over the past eight months.

First, I want to thank Barry and Amy for doing such a good job of keeping you all up to date on Ryan and his progress. Without their help, Susan and I could not and did not have the time to update and care for Ryan. So for all they have done and continue to do with this blog, we are grateful.

Now to Ryan, the reason we are here. Ryan has had a tough week and weekend as he has been suffering through the side effects of the Chemo. We were scheduled to go to a concert Thursday night at the Newport Music Hall, but Ryan was unable to attend. It was for "A Christmas to Cure Cancer" and the headline band was Emerson Drive. It was a fun event but Ryan won a picture from the silent auction, courtesy of his dad. Ryan will get a chance to see them the next time they are in Columbus.

I am tired of firsts! Another first we experienced this weekend was a visit by the Jackson Township Fire Department. Ryan was enjoying dinner with us tonight and had an episode where he wasn't feeling well, and then he blacked out. A call to 911, and a visit by your local EMT's and another first in our journey. Ryan seemed ok after the several minutes and a through exam by the EMT's. We are monitoring him for any other issues at this time. Luckily he will be in the hospital tomorrow for chemo and labs, and a full check up. Please keep Ryan in your prayers as he is scheduled for scans on Wednesday of this week and Friday of next. As we find out the results, we will keep you informed.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

12/4 update

So sorry for such a delay in posting. Ryan is doing pretty well. He was in the hospital Monday through Wednesday of this week for chemo. He is home now. He had a rough night Tuesday with nausea that was controlled somewhat with medication. I was able to visit with him yesterday afternoon for a couple of hours. And, he seemed to be doing alright. I thought he looked really good! From what I understand, he only has to have chemo one more time before Christmas...on the 22nd. That is great that he will be home and be able to visit with all of his friends that will be home for Christmas break.

Ryan had a good week last week. Even though Thanksgiving food isn't Ryan's favorite [Uncle Barry's right there with you Ryan], Ryan came with our family to our chuch - Cypress Wesleyan- on Monday the 24th for a Thanksgiving Feast with the choir and orchestra [Barry plays the trumpet in our church's orchestra]. It was sooo wonderful spending the evening with him. And, it was awesome for people to meet the man they've been praying for over the last 8 months. I've heard from several people what a blessing it was for them to meet him.

We celebrated Thanksgiving Day at Brad's house. It was a really nice day. My boys really loved playing PS3 with Ryan that afternoon. It was awesome for them to get to spend some time with him. Alex will be ready for a rematch, Ryan! Ryan also spent a lot of time with his friends over the weekend while they were home on break which he enjoyed so much.

Please keep your prayers coming for Ryan. He will be having another round of scans done on the 15th. Please let us all pray that these scans will show that the chemotherapy and radiation have done their job and rid his body of the cancer cells.

One last thing, Trey's [Ryan's buddy from J5] cousin is having a fundraiser at the school she teaches to provide toys that will be handed out to the kids on J5 [Children's Hospital's oncology floor] for Christmas. If you are interested in donating to a worthy cause, please let them know. Donations can be made through this Saturday, 12/6. Here's a link to Trey's Caring Bridge site that has the infomation on it.

J5 is not the place that any of these kids or families want to be during Christmas. Paula is doing such a wonderful thing!

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Special Thanks and A Execlusive Opportunity to Donate to the Blue Jackets Foundation on Wednesday!

Hey everyone its Ryan, i would like to put a quick post up for a few reasons. I would like to say Thank You to many people for the opportunity to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets game on the 12th. Second i would like to say that there is an excellent opportunity Wednesday the 19th to donate to my favorite foundation the Blue Jackets Foundation.

On the 12th, I got invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets vs. the Pheonix Cyotes by the Blue Jackets Foundation and the zebras care organization. the night that i had at the game was amazing. I got opportunity after opportunity throughout the night. First off i was given tickets through the Blue Jackets foundation that were donated by Doug and Lorie a very nice couple who have a love for the blue jackets like i have never seen. we got to sit in their seats that are front row of section 105. After i met up with Kate, Doug, and Lorie we went down under the stand to get to Meet the refs for the game. With the Zebra's care program in each city one child with a life threatining disease is picked to go down before the game and hang out with the on ice officials. So for columbus i was picked. A very neat experiance. After hanging out down in the refs lockerroom talking hockey and saying our good byes I got an experiance offered to me i never thought i would hear. I got to go meet Wayne Gretsky. This was histericle because i was fumbling for words the whole time Wayne was around me. So after talking to Wayne and snaping a few pictures with him it was time to make our way to our seats. The game was a exciting game and the veiw was amazing. i really enjoyed sitting with Doug, Lorie, Joe Friend, Holly, and my dad. it was a good time. As much that i had already done in the night i got another oppurtunuity to go down into the Blue Jackets lockerroom was by far the highlight of my night because i got to hang out with Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera on a personal level and got to see all the lockerroom, fitness area, and the lounge. All the guys were awesome i really didnt wanted to bother them at all while they were streching out but i just cant say enough about the guys on the team and how they help the childhood cancer kids .

My special thanks goes out to Kate, Jason, and Manny for all you guys have done for me. I first met Manny and Jason at the hospital when they came to visit patients of J5. They both stood there and talked to me for about a half hour. Thanks again guys for taking the time and talking with me. It really has made me really feel pretty good recently.

Today Wednesday, November, 19th
Once a year The Columbus Foundation will match all online credit card donations to THE BLUE JACKETS FOUNDATION in the amount of 50 cents of every dollar up to $2,500 per individual. The Foundation is one of only 300 local non-profit organizations that are eligible for this exclusive opportunity.


sorry its so few and far between ill try and get on here more for you.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chemo Week and Blue Jackets tonight

After a week of rest at home, Ryan is back at Children's for his scheduled 5-day chemo treatment. He went in Monday and should be home on Saturday. To get a great break from the hospital, he will get out for awhile today to go to tonight's Columbus Blue Jackets game. He is able to do this thanks to the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and Zebra's Care, which is a charity of the National Hockey League Officials Association. Tyler will be going to the game as well.

~Aunt Amy

Monday, November 3, 2008

Ryan's Home

Ryan is now home!! They have identified the type of infection Ryan had and are treating it with antibiotics. He'll be on these antibiotics for 2 weeks. He is feeling better and is glad to be home. There is no chemo scheduled for this week. Let's pray that he continues to feel better each day that he is home.

Thanks for your concern and your prayers.
God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wed. 10-29 update

The 2nd set of cultures on Ryan's blood aren't back yet. But, the doctors have said that they believe they caught the infection in his blood in time. And from what I understand, the antibiotics will be able to clear it up. I believe that the final results from these cultures will come back later today. Ryan is doing as well as he can being in the hospital and has enjoyed his visits from friends. Last night, Chris and Melissa, Ken and his daughter, and Tony and Brittni's parents all came to visit with Ryan. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott brought a wonderful goodie basket full of candy which they all enjoyed. Ryan still has a fever today so he'll probably be at Children's for another day. I'll update when I know more.

Thank you for your continued prayer.
God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Update from yesterday

I wanted to follow-up from yesterday's post about Ryan being back at Children's due to a fever. He does have a cold. But, the cultures that were drawn also showed that he has an infection in his blood. So, it was very, very good that he was back under the doctor's care at Children's so they could catch this. He is now on antibiotics which should clear up this infection in his blood. His counts were also low yesterday so I think he was getting a blood transfusion today. He still had a fever this morning of around 101. He will be able to go home once his fever goes down for 24 hours.

Please pray for Ryan's peace of mind while he's in the hospital. While it is good that he is there from a medical standpoint, he would much rather be at home in his own bed and being able to do what he wants to do.

Barry enjoyed hanging out with Ryan last night. Brad's friends, Chris and Coach, were also there visiting and they all watched the World Series game together.

Thank you again for your prayers. Let's pray that this infection will clear up quickly and that he will go home soon.

Aunt Amy

Monday, October 27, 2008

Back at Children's

Ryan had a fever today so he went into Children's just to be sure everything was okay. They decided to admit him for at least 48 hours to keep an eye on him. He has a cold and we believe that the fever is associated with that. But, it still stinks that he has to be back in the hospital. Ryan is not very happy about it because he was looking forward to having the week away from there. But, it's best to be on the safe side. Barry is going down tonight and visit with him so I'll post an update on him tomorrow.

Thanks for your prayers,
Aunt Amy

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Back in for chemo - Oct. 21st

Ryan is back at Children's until tomorrow late afternoon for his 48 hour Chemo treatment. This last week he had seemed to be doing well. Although his platelets were low at 35,000 at last Thursday labs [they wanted them to be >75,000]. When Ryan went into the hospital yesterday for his treatment, his platelets had already rebounded to 120,000 which was good news. He has been walking very well with his walker. Today he was very tired and didn't feel like eating during the day. Hopefully he'll be able to eat something this evening without upsetting his stomach. Barry's Light the Night Walk was last Saturday and was a wonderful and inspiring evening supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I'll have Barry give an update on that. Thank you all so much for your support.

Please continue to pray for Ryan, Lauressa, Trey, Tyler, Olivia and all of the other children that are currently, or who have been, on J-5. Trey just flew out to NYC to Kettering Memorial Hospital yesterday for further treatments. Please pray for answers for them. There are so many stories out there of so many families whose lives have been changed in an instant with the words "You have cancer". It's so sad to say that there are way too many stories out there. We need to find a cure!!!!! Tyler's dad, Kyle, writes an inspiring blog about Tyler's journey with Burkitt's Lymphoma. Tyler is now in remission. Kyle ran the Columbus Marathon this last Sunday in support of Tyler. Congratulations Kyle!

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I Am Walking...Broken Foot and All

As I prepare for the Light the Night Walk on Oct. 18th I wanted to give you a little more perspective on my commitment.

  • I am walking for my nephew Ryan and his friends Larissa, Trey, Stef and Tyler who are each fighting their own battle.

  • I am walking for my Mother’s dear friend Diana who is a survivor and my co-worker’s parents and friends.

  • I am walking for the countless parents of J5 who just learned their precious child has been diagnosed with cancer.

  • I am walking because the current chemo treatment is barbaric, especially in children. Today’s cell-killing chemo is indiscriminate…it kills the good cells and the bad cells. Tomorrow’s chemo will act more as a smart-bomb, killing only the cancer cells while leaving the good cells alone.

  • I am walking to give hope to the next generation of undiagnosed.

I want to send a big “THANK YOU” to all of you that have already contributed to the walk…I am almost half way to my goal. For those of you that would still like to donate, I need to have contributions made by October 13th. Thank you for your support and thoughtful consideration.

God Bless, Barry

Back in for Chemo

Just a very quick note to let you all know that Ryan went back into Children's yesterday for his 5-day Chemo. He'll be there until Saturday. I also believe that he will be getting his last two radiation treatments this week as well. Barry saw him last night and he seemed to be doing well. Please pray for Ryan this week and that he will not have any complications with the radiation or the chemo. I'll post again with any new updates.

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wednesday update 10/1/08 and a prayer request

Ryan is enjoying his time at home. He is still on fluids and I think will be until his esophagus is fully healed. He began to eat a little bit of food over the last couple of days.

Ryan's best friend, Eric, came home this past weekend from school and stayed with Ryan the whole weekend. It was just want Ryan wanted and needed. Thank you so much Eric!

He'll go back into the hospital today for labwork.

I do have another prayer request...for Trey Martens and his family. Trey is a beautiful 9 yr. old boy that stayed 2 doors down from Ryan when Ryan was first in the hospital in April - June. Trey was diagnosed in January and has been fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia, another rare form of cancer in children. Ryan and Trey, as well as their families, have formed a bond during this time. I ask that you please pray hard for Trey and his family. I'm praying for God to grant this family a miracle. This is tough. There are so many questions. But, I will continue to pray for miracles and pray for strength. Praying is what I can, and what you can, do. And, I will always trust in God...even with all of these questions. Cancer is evil. We must find a cure!

Barry is participating in the Light the Night Walk on October 18th. This Walk benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for additional research for blood cancers such as the one Trey has. Barry's goal is to raise $2,008. If you'd like to help support Barry and help to provide further research for this devastating disease, you can donate funds through this link:

Thank you so much!

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ryan is home

Thankfully, Ryan is now home. He left Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon. He is hoping it will be a few weeks until he has to go back in again. The time he was in the hospital this past week was not great for him. Ryan dealt with a lot of pain. He had also lost some weight because he was unable to eat or drink. So, the doctors had him on fluids and nutrients to help that.

He was originally scheduled to have his 5-day chemo on Monday. But, it is being pushed back until his esophagus can fully heal. He will continue to take medication for that. I think it is expected to completely heal in a week or two.

Thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for Ryan.

God Bless,

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Add'l update from yesterday

As an update to yesterday's post, I wanted to let you know that they re-admitted Ryan to Children's Hospital yesterday. They needed to keep him there to get him the nutrition and fluids as well as the pain medication that he needs. And, I wanted to make a correction to yesterday, it really isn't his throat but his esophagus that has been "burned" by the radiation which is causing his pain. The pain management care team at the hospital has been working with Ryan to keep his pain down. Ryan told Barry today that he may be in there for another 3-5 days. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thank you!
Aunt Amy

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday 9/17 update and a special thank you

Ryan has not been feeling well at all these last couple of days. His throat is very painful due to the radiation that he has been receiving. He was supposed to receive his last two days of radiation yesterday and today. But, they stopped it after Monday's treatment because of Ryan's pain. Brad and Ryan will go to the James today and consult with the doctors to decide what is the best course of action with the radiation. Because of the pain, Ryan has been unable to eat or drink so he has been on fluids this last day. Please pray for healing on his throat.

I hope that many of you have received your power back. Brad, Susan and Ryan were without power for awhile the first day after the windstorm. They were able to restore power with a generator and all power is back on now.

On a bright note, I have wanted to thank publicly a special young girl who was very gracious to Ryan over the summer. Lainey is a friend of my oldest son. For her 9th birthday party over the summer, she requested that she not receive any gifts for herself. Instead, she asked that the kids instead please donate to the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund for Ryan's care. She even went to a couple of area businesses and asked for donations. She is an amazing little girl. She ended up raising over $400. Isn't that incredible?!? She is quite a blessing to our family. Here is a picture of Lainey with Ryan.

Thank you all so much for your continued support and prayers for Ryan.

God Bless,

Aunt Amy

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Thank you Jerry and Jeff for a great weekend - Go Bucks!

A very special thank you goes out to:

Jerry VonDeylen
Jeff Patrick

We can’t thank you enough for helping Ryan have such a great weekend at the OSU vs. OU football game. Jerry donated 2 club seats as well as a parking pass to the West stadium lot. Brad and Ryan parked within ten spots of the entrance to the stadium and were able to easily access the entrance. Jeff got Ryan field passes and 2 club seats as well. While on the field, Ryan spoke to Beanie Wells, Coach John Cooper, Bo Delande and Chris Spielman. The accommodations were excellent for Ryan’s needs and we can’t thank those two enough for the time Ryan got to enjoy! Roland, Jeff, Ryan and Brad were together and shared time throughout the game. After the game, Ryan got to return to the tailgate spot to enjoy a close victory with his friends. Go Bucks!

On Sunday, Brad, Susan and Ryan were at the Buckeye Cancer cruise party with Chris and Stefanie Spielman, Craig Krenzel and Jack Park. Ryan got to speak with each one in detail and he won a picture of the Horseshoe for his Buckeye Room! The link for the cruise is for anyone interested in attending.

Ryan is at Children’s Hospital this week for another round of five day chemo and is also doing 5 days of radiation at the James. He will again have radiation next Mon-Wed. of next week. But besides that, I believe that with the exception of one day of getting his Vincristine, Ryan should be home for a couple of weeks before he has to be back at Children’s.

I was lucky enough to spend the day with Ryan today at Children’s. He has been feeling pretty well. He wasn’t able to sleep much last night and tried to catch up on some sleep this morning. But, I don’t know if he got too much rest. But, he looked great and I’m glad that he has so far been feeling better this time around versus the last chemo round.

We thank you all so much for your prayers and your support. We are working on a system so we soon should be posting to this blog on a more routine basis. Thank you all so much again!

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday update, 8/29/08

Ryan came over to our home last night to celebrate our oldest son's birthday. He looked great and was feeling pretty well. It was soooo good to see him. Ryan spent a couple of hours yesterday at the hospital getting lab work done. And, he enjoyed a great lunch with his Grandpa Mac at Red Robin. With a Red Robin burger and fries and the pizza from last night, he proved he still has a great appetite.

Ryan hadn't been feeling well and has been very tired in this past week since he's been home from last week's chemo. But, he felt better yesterday. We got some good pictures last night so Barry will post those over the weekend.

Ryan's expected to go to Children's one day next week for a couple of hours for his Vincristine. He's also scheduled to start radiation therapy next Thursday at the James. He will have receive radiation on his spine for 10 days. Ryan will go back to Children's on the 8th for another 5 days of the chemo that he was just on last week. Please pray that Ryan will have a good week while he's off. And, pray for his strength and peace of mind while he begins the radiation again.

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Monday, August 18, 2008

Off-week Bliss...Back to the Battle

Wow! Ten days since the last post. Here's what been going on.

Ryan has really his chemo-free week. Last weekend Ryan, Eric and Corey picked up Ryan's Accord at Grandma and Grandpa's house and took it home. Ryan spent part of the day last Saturday and Sunday making it spotless. (Hey Ryan, if you enjoy cleaning up cars, I got a couple for you!)

This past Friday night, Ryan, Brad and Susan attended a Buckeye Football dinner at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. Ryan had the privilege of eating dinner with starting quarterback Todd Boeckmann. Matter of a fact, I think Boeckmann was serving Ryan dessert. Pictures are posted online.

On Saturday, Ryan was able to pay-off a promise he made shortly after his diagnosis. Let me take you back to that time in mid-to-late-April. Ryan was pretty much bed-ridden...he just had major back surgery to remove a tumor on his spine and the cancer in his core made walking seem like an impossible dream. At that time, Ryan promised his Dad's softball buddies that he would be well-enough to walk out to the mound and throw-out the first pitch at the first game of the fall season. On Saturday as the team donned TeamSalmons shirts and wristbands, Ryan walked out the the mound and paid off his promise! Check out the photos!

Now, one request from Uncle Barry...Ryan, I call official photographer it you get the opportunity to have your picture taken with the USA Women's Volleyball team...Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh! They need to be drafted to TeamSalmons...don't you think? Back to the serious...

Ryan is back in the hospital as of today for five days of chemotherapy. He was feeling good today after his first treatment, but the medication is already making him very tired. Please keep Ryan in your prayers through this next round...he is refusing to lose!

God Bless to All!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Update

In trying to update the last week's events, I'll start with the best news first. Ryan had another round of testing done while he was in for his chemo treatments last week. The MRIs showed that his leg and spine are still clear. And, that his pelvis didn't show any increase in the tumors that are there. That is very good news to say the least. Chemo is such a long, hard process but it is doing its job.

Since Ryan left the hospital on Monday, he hasn't been feeling the best. And, he has had a very, very difficult time sleeping. In fact, he hasn't slept much at all since he had been receiving his chemo last week. Please pray that this turns around for him. His body and his mind need this much needed rest.

Wednesday night Ryan was taken back to the hospital because of intense headache pain which resulted in not being able to see clearly or speak for a short period of time. A CAT scan and MRI on his head came back clear which is a blessing. I believe the doctors thought that maybe it could have been associated with some dehydration or a migraine. He was released from the hospital yesterday.

The Photos of Ryan link to the right was recently updated. Take a look at the great pictures taken which include shots from Ryan's birthday and his trip to the Mid-Ohio racetrack where he spent some time in the garages of Indy Car drivers Danica Patrick and Tony Kanaan.

Thank you for your prayers for Ryan. Please continue to pray for him. As has become all too clear to me personally recently with some very dear friends of ours as well as with Ryan, we will face many very difficult and devastating circumstances in our lives. But, I have to put my faith and trust in God to pull us through these difficult times. He will give us peace and protection because we can't do it on our own. This is what gives me hope. And, it is my trust and my faith that make me so confident that Ryan will get through this one day at a time and his body will be clear of this dreaded disease.

~Aunt Amy

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy Birthday and Message from New Team Salmons Supporter

Today is Ryan's 19th Birthday! Let's everyone shower him with birthday wishes by posting a comment at the end of this article. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN!

On a completely different note, I had a special opportunity to meet Dick Vitale today. It Was Awesome Baby! He is doing some noble work in support of his dear friend Jimmy Valvano's V-Foundation for Cancer Research. Jimmy lost his fight in 1993 but his legacy is alive and Dick shared a couple of his fundraising initiatives with me. Dick shared with me how he is determined to raise $1,000,000 for research grants for pediatric cancer. I shared a little about Ryan's battle and he was kind enough to send this special video message to Ryan. Thanks Dickie V...YOU are Awesome Baby!

As an aside, if you are unfamiliar with Jimmy Valvano's story, I encourage you to watch or read his acceptance speech from the first annual ESPY awards on March 4, 1993. I think we all can learn something from his speech.

As an update to last week, Ryan spent a couple of days in the hospital battling a urinary tract infection which was the cause of his high temperature. After arriving at the hospital they quickly got him on antibiotics and his temperature came down. They have determined his sore throat was a side effect of the chemo from the week prior. This is a side effect he has not experienced next time, he'll be ready for it. Now, he is home and he is feeling much better.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Request and Mid-Week Update

First, let me start with the request. Ryan has not been feeling well today, he feels run-down, has a soar throat and is running a high fever. This means, as I type this update, he is being taken back to the hospital for evaluation and treatment...probably antibiotics. Please pray that the fever is quickly controlled and that he feels better soon.

Now for the brief update. Ryan has had a good week in spite of dealing with the continued side effects of last week's 48 hour treatment and Monday's Vincristine treatment. He has been getting progressive stronger each day.

On Sunday he was invited to go up the Mid-Ohio Indy Car race and tour the Danica Patrick garage and meet some of the drivers. Pre-race the rains came and Ryan spent the rain-delay time in the Tony Kanaan garage. He was not able to stay for the race, but he certainly enjoyed his time at Mid-Ohio.

Thank you all for your support and prayers! God Bless!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Friday Update

Ryan is now home again. He left the hospital late yesterday afternoon. He wasn't feeling the greatest during his treatment but I thought he looked good. He didn't sleep much at all on Wednesday night so hopefully today will be a day at home playing catch up with sleep in between appointments he has lined up. He'll go in next Monday for a push of Vincristine. But then I believe he won't have any chemo treatments until the end of July. So, I hope that he enjoys every minute of being at home.


Monday, July 14, 2008


Hey Guys,

Before i go back to the hospital tomorrow while i still feel good i wanted to post an update and tell everyone a little about my week without chemo. First off i would like to thank everyone who has helped out, donated money, or has sent thoughts and prayers. Like i said i had the week off from chemo and i had a great and strong week. Once i got the chemo from last week out of my system i was able to be sitting up and standing up all day with no problems. Before when i was sitting or standing i would get light headed. Throughout the week i got to do some activities and make a few visits that i wanted to. One of my favorite hobbies before i got diagnosed with cancer and got put in the hospital for so long was to work on cars so this week i took out one of my buddies good speakers from his truck and put his factory speakers back in because hes selling his truck. On friday night i went up and visited the Dodds. This was very good for helping my spirit because i got to see all of them and talk to the all of the neighbors that i know because they were all together. Saturday morning i got up early to go down to cinncinatti to one of my good family friend Mark Congdon's dads funeral. Mark has always been here for me so i wanted to be there for him. When i showed up i could tell how much it meant to Mark which made me feel awesome. When i got back from the funeral i just hung out for the day. On sunday i cleaned up my dads motor cycle for him. So overall i had a great week.

I would like to clear up a rumor that i have been hearing. I have heard a rumor of me, my dad, and step mom not wanting people to visit or come around. That is the farthest thing from the truth. my dad wants whats best for me and wants me to be happy and if thats me wanting people to come visit then people are going to come visit. There was a time when i was in the hospital a month or to ago that i felt terrible and i told my dad and step mom that i didnt want any visitors that night and they told everyone for me. maybe some how people mistaked that. so if you want to visit you are more than welcome to but call me first.

I go in for chemo tomorrow(tuesday) morning and i go home Thursday night. I hope to give you an update personally but if i am not feeling up to it i will leave it to Barry or Amy.

Thanks, Ryan

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Update and Conquer Childhood Cancer Act

Ryan has been enjoying his time out of the hospital. He wasn’t feeling very well at the beginning of the week but is improving as each day goes by. He is in the day clinic at Children’s today to get his standard labwork done.

Ryan wanted to make sure to thank you for all of the fundraising support over the last several months. Because of you, he was able to order his rehab treadmill and looks forward to getting it in about a week. We'll be sure to get a picture of Ryan on it to share with you all.

When we entered this new life in April, I began to do a lot of research on cancer, especially childhood cancers. It is devastating and there are not enough words to describe the trials that these children and their families face day in and day out. I found some statistics on Tyler Alfriend’s blog which is written by his dad, Kyle. Tyler has also been fighting this battle and is now is remission.

  • Less than 3% of all cancer funding is granted to pediatric cancers.
  • The first ever tissue bank to study teen cancers is just now in the planning stages.
  • In the past 25 years only one new drug has been developed for pediatric cancer.
  • Teens and young adults (age 15-22) is the only age group where cancer survival rates are decreasing, and have for the past 25 years.
  • The cause of most childhood cancers is still unknown.
  • Due to the lack of new drugs, most pediatric cancer treatments are little more than mega doses of adult chemo treatments.
The Conquer Childhood Cancer Act was just approved by the House and was renamed The Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2008. Caroline, the daughter of Representative Deborah Pryce, lost her battle with cancer at age 9. The bill authorizes $30 million to go towards childhood cancer research. This is the amount that we spend every 2 1/2 hours on the war in Iraq. This bill will go to the Senate later this summer. But there are many Senators that are either opposing it or blocking it. Why??? That is my big question. If it is yours too, please tell Washington how you feel here:

And very important, please sign this petition:

You can read through the comments of so many others impacted by this terrible disease and tell everyone you know to go and sign this petition as well. Every little bit helps. If you know me, you know that I’m not a very political person at all. But, this is something that is so important and this is a chance for us to do our part to try and stop this nightmare from happening to so many other children and families.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ryan is home again

Ryan left the hospital a little while ago and is now back home. He is looking forward to staying at home until his next chemo treatment in about 1 1/2 weeks. Ryan hasn't been feeling very well the last day or so because of the effects of the chemo. And, he hasn't been able to sleep comfortably at all the last few nights. So, I'm hoping being at home again will get him back into shape soon enough. Now that his port is in place, he no longer has the pic lines in his arm which is giving him a lot more freedom. Please pray that Ryan will begin to feel better very soon and that he'll be able to enjoy his time at home. And of course, that he'll be able to sleep soundly until noon again :-)

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Thursday update

Nothing much new to report...Ryan had a pretty good day today after his 3rd day of chemo. He's planning on watching Columbus' Red, White and Boom fireworks tonight from a hallway off of J-5 that has all windows and faces where the fireworks will be displayed in the sky. All of the patients on J-5 can view the fireworks in this hallway and have their own celebration with their family.

Have a Happy 4th!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday update & Biopsy results

First of all, the bone marrow biopsy results came back late today. The doctor said that they were negative and that his bone marrow didn't show any signs of cancer. I wanted to jump through the roof when I heard him say that. Another answer to prayer for sure. I keep saying one step at a time...One by one each spot in Ryan's body will be fully healed and cured of cancer. I am certain of it. It seems like a long road ahead now because of the aggressive course of treatment. But, it will be all worth it in the end when Ryan is fully in remission.

I was blessed to be able to spend the entire day with Ryan [thank you again sooo much Grandma and Grandpa for watching the boys for me]. Ryan had a great day and slept well last night. He ate very well once again. Like I mentioned before, he's had a huge appetite. So much so, he's gained 8 pounds since he was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night! His second day of chemo was completed this afternoon...only 3 more days to go. So far, he's been doing pretty well with it. Ryan was walking some laps around the floor today to get in his physical therapy. He had made so much progress with his physical therapy while he was home that he's not going to let being in the hospital stop him from continuing to build strength in his legs :-) He was doing great and walking at a pretty good pace.

Tyler Alfriend and his mom, Kathy, stopped by to meet Ryan this afternoon. It was so wonderful to meet them and hear Ryan and Tyler compare their stories of being in the hospital and of their experiences with their chemotherapy. Tyler has fought his cancer into remission. Praise God for that. You can read more about Tyler's journey here. Please keep Tyler and his family in your prayers as well as all of the kids [and adults] that are currently on J5.

Ryan is looking forward to Sunday when this round of chemo will be over and he'll be home. The plan is still for him to be in the hospital until Sunday afternoon. Next week will be a chemo-free week.

God Bless,
Aunt Amy

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ryan's Surgery

Ryan did have his surgery yesterday morning at 8am. And, it went very well with no problems and he was back in his room by early afternoon. Once he was out of the anesthesia, he really didn't experience any side effects which is great news. He was doing very well yesterday and had a huge appetite. It sounds like they couldn't give him enough food to eat :-)

Ryan now has a port which will make things easier for administering the chemo and any IVs. Ryan was having some pain in his hip where the biopsy was done and soreness in his chest/right shoulder area where the port was put in. But it could, for the most part, be controlled with pain medications. They pulled Ryan's pic lines out with no problems and with very little pain.

Ryan had a good night and slept well. He is preparing for his five-day chemo regimen which will begin sometime today. Please pray for his ability to withstand the effects of this type of chemo. We are hopeful that the second time around will be easier for him.

Thank you so much for your prayers before, during and after his surgery. Ryan's attitude has been very good, especially considering everything he has gone through. He is expected to be in the hospital through Sunday. The biopsy results should come back later today or tomorrow. I will update more when I find out.

Thank you again for everything.

God Bless,

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Update Sun. evening

I don't have much further information from earlier. But, I do know that Ryan received a unit of blood this afternoon. Ryan's blood counts were a little low today. He needs to be at a 10 to continue with the surgery tomorrow and he was at a 7.9 today. So, they were going to evaluate tonight whether or not he'd require another unit of blood.

Ryan is apprehensive so please pray for his peace of mind as they [hopefully] take him into surgery for his port and do the biopsy.

Thank you and God Bless,

Back at Children's Hospital

Ryan was re-admitted to Children's last night because he spiked a fever. They believe it is a bladder infection. Please pray that the infection can be cleared and his fever reduced. I'm not sure yet but I think it will impact whether Ryan has his surgery and biopsy tomorrow if they cannot get the infection under control. I'll post more details when I know.

Thank you again for your continual prayers,

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Weekend Update

Ryan has had a great week at home. He is getting stronger each and every day. He’s been able to get up and down the stairs a few times as well…once was a result of the tornado warnings last Wednesday night. He had just made it upstairs to sleep in his own bed for the first time when the tornado sirens went off, so he decided to go to the basement...that's called forced re-hab! He made it!

Ryan will be going back to Children’s Hospital on Monday for surgery. They will be doing two procedures on him. First, they will take some bone marrow from his hips for biopsy. Secondly. they are putting a port put in his chest. The port will make the administration of medications much easier. As a result of the the port, Ryan’s pic lines will then be removed. This should also allow in to take showers. Tuesday will begin the next round of chemo. He will receive a chemo drip for 2 hours a day for 5 days. He is expected to remain in the hospital until next Sunday. Please pray that Ryan will not experience pain following the bone marrow biopsy. The first time he had this done mid-April, Ryan was in severe pain. We are hopeful that now his pain can be controlled especially since he has been under the Pain Management Team’s care for the last several months and they know his tolerance levels and which medications are more effective for him. Please also pray for Ryan during this round of chemo. Ryan experienced some very unpleasant side effects with this type of chemo the last time.

I spoke to Ryan and told him I was going to post an update today. He wants to thank everyone for everything they are doing for him..from all the visitors, the Skate for Ryan! event, the golf outing and the positive words of is all over-whelming to him, but extremely up-lifting! He is very grateful for all of the love and support. As a result of the fund raisers, Ryan is hoping to get a re-hab treadmill in a couple of weeks after he gets out of the hospital.

God Bless to all!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ryan's Golf Outing and Wednesday Update

First of all, I have to say how wonderful Ryan’s Golf Outing was last Friday. We are so grateful to those of you that spent your day out there supporting Ryan. God blessed us with a beautiful day. The day was a great success. Ryan was able to hit the ceremonial first ball and spoke a few words to the crowd. Barry and I are hoping we can convert some of my video to this blog soon. Thank you so much again to Turnberry Golf Course and the many businesses and individuals who sponsored and donated items for the Golf Outing.

Ryan left the hospital after his 48 hour chemo drip late Thursday afternoon. He was able to stay for about half of the Golf Outing on Friday. And, he rested the remainder of the weekend. He felt some nausea but was still able to eat a little bit.

Ryan went back in to Children’s Monday afternoon for another chemo treatment that took a couple of hours and then he was back home. He is now home for the rest of the week. He was able to spend some time outdoors yesterday and fished out in his backyard with his grandpa.

The pictures from the Golf Outing are here and a link is on the right side of this page.

Thank you again for your prayers.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Chemo - Day 1

I was able to see Ryan for a little bit this morning. He looked great. Day 1 of Chemo is almost over. So far, so good. Only 26 more hours to go. Ryan has been feeling pretty good so far. He was able to sleep all through the night. His goal is to get out of the hospital when the 48 hours are up around 2:30pm tomorrow. He is determined to be home and go to his Charity Golf Outing on Friday. Please send your thoughts and prayers his way that he can tolerate this round of Chemo and feel well enough to attend his Golf Outing. I know there are so many people that would love to see him there.

Ryan had a great time while he was home. He had a great appetite and just enjoyed relaxing and hanging out with his friends and family. There are new pictures up of Ryan's Father's Day with his Dad. I know my two boys just loved being able to see him at home and fish with him a little while.

Thank you for your prayers.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Results Are In

Just wanted to give a quick update from Ryan's scans this week. The scans on the spine and leg came back clear...the tumors were not visible! (Go ahead and wipe those tears away, we all did!) We are so thankful for this blessing! The pelvic scan showed that the larger tumor had some reduction in size. The rest of the pelvis results revealed no new growth, but did not show a lot of shrinkage either.

We are thankful for all of your prayers...they are clearly working. Keep it up!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ryan is going home!!

I have great news to share...Ryan is going home today after 57 days at Children’s Hospital for a “mental health break”! The doctors felt that the positives with this mental break outweigh the downside of the possibility of introducing infection while at home. Ryan will be home at his Dad's house through Monday or Tuesday. Then, he will go back into the hospital for 3-4 days next week for the 48 hour chemo drip. Ryan is doing great. He is really looking forward to being home for awhile.

The test results from yesterday aren’t back in their entirety as of yet. I’ll update more when they are.

Thank you for your continued prayers!
God Bless,

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Evaluation week

We were able to spend some time with Ryan last night and he seemed to be in very good spirits. It was so great to see his beautiful smile during the evening. When I walked in the room, Ryan was eating. It was wonderful to see him have his appetite back. Last week was a difficult week for him (which is one of the reasons there were few blog entries) because of the effects of the chemo. He is glad that it is behind him. There will not be any chemo this week. This is the evaluation week. Ryan received a MRI last night and will have various scans all day today. Please pray throughout the day today that these scans will reveal that the tumors have shrunk. We are all very hopeful that, as bad as the chemo has been, these treatments are doing its job and reducing his tumors. We will probably not know the results from these tests for another day or so. Again, thank you for all of your prayers and support for Ryan. Despite the terrible circumstances Ryan has been faced with, it has been comforting see the blessings that God has shown us through the tremendous outpouring of love that is shown to Ryan and everyone...through your visits with Ryan, your phone calls, texts, emails, cards, offers of help...the list goes on and on. I believe that the mental game is half of this battle. And you are all a part of that battle and helping him each and every day.
Thank you,
Amy (Ryan's Aunt)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, June 4 Update

Five days have passed since my last post. Ryan is going to disown me and look for a new Uncle if I can't give more frequent updates. A lot has been going on since last Friday...let me do my best in giving you an overview of the past few days.

Saturday night's Skate for Ryan! event was a huge success. Thank you to Brittni and Team for making it happen! Shirts and Bracelets were sold. There were great prizes given away in the raffle and great pizza provided by Donatos. Ice time was donated by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation and the Chiller. All proceeds went to the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund. The one thing that was missing was Ryan...and next time he will be there with us.

Ryan's weekend progressively got better each day. Sunday and Monday were good days. He regained some appetite and was able to spend more time sitting in his chair. He spoke with strength and his spirits were definitely better. Tuesday afternoon Ryan had a second visit by Columbus Blue Jackets player Dan Fritsche. They visited for almost an hour. As soon as Ryan is able, Dan invited him to tour the Jackets locker room and weight room with him. He also shared his disappointment of not knowing about and participating in Saturday's skating event. At the next Skate for Ryan! event Dan said he would be there and he would bring some of his fellow Jackets. I am genuinely impressed with Dan's concern for Ryan...he is a class act, from a class organization.

Cancer, however, does not fight fair. Just as soon as you have a few good days, your mind starts dreading the next round. Monday through Friday this week, Ryan is receiving daily...I mean nightly (they start at 10:00 p.m.) chemo treatments. Each night this week he will have a 2-hour chemo-cocktail dripped into his body. As of this evening, Ryan was not feeling well. The physical and mental toll of the treatment is significant. Today Ryan asked me to post the following request. As a result of this week's chemo he is anticipating a difficult week. He wanted me to ask for "no visitors the rest of the week." He feels bad when people come to the hospital to see him, only to turn them away or not be able to see them because he is too sick to visit. At a minimum, I'd suggest a "call-before-you-come" request for the rest of the week.

Thank you all for your kind words of support and for all your thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Weekly Recap, Car Ride, Fund Raisers and More…

Overall, Ryan had a good week. If there is such a thing as a light chemo week…it was one of those weeks. He says he is feeling better and stronger each day. The week was highlighted with not one, not two, but three excursions out of the hospital. The hospital staff allowed him to leave the hospital and go for a drive with his Dad for a couple of hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Ryan really enjoyed re-experiencing the routine. The things that we all take for granted everyday…a short car ride, trees and flowers in bloom, a view of an empty Ohio Stadium, Abby (the dog) putting her head on his knee for a quick ear-scratch and a drive by Leave a Mark Church, a Church of Ryan supporters. Re-experiencing all of these things gave him a tremendous mental boost.

Next week is a tough chemo week and Ryan is really dreading it. Please keep him in your prayers that he may be able to tolerate this ‘healing poison’ they are pumping into his body. He is very nervous about next week. The current plan calls for an ‘evaluation week’ the week after next.

Many blog readers have emailed or posted public words of encouragement for Ryan. What amazes me is the outpouring of support and encouragement from total strangers. Parents, who by fate, that have been brought together by this awful disease that’s attacking their precious children. We’ve received words of encouragement and prayers from parents of a child who fought alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma ten years ago and beat it. Thank you Lynn M for your kind words of encouragement. I passed your email to Ryan’s Dad, Brad (my brother.)

Here are a couple of reminders about the upcoming fund-raisers. Tomorrow night is the Skate for Ryan! event. Please try to attend. It should be a great night with a rink full of Ryan’s friends and supporters. Additionally, the deadline for registration for the Ryan Salmons Charity Golf Outing is Monday, June 2nd. All proceeds will go to the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund to help offset current and future medical expenses and necessities.

God Bless!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Update

I had the opportunity to spend the last 24-hours by Ryan’s side. So, first a quick update on his condition. He had a terrible week coping with the side effects of Monday’s chemo treatment. Nausea, total loss of appetite and extreme weakness are expected side effects and he certainly experienced them in a BIG way. The MRI on his head came back clear and his stomach x-rays were clear too. This was great news and a blessing during what turned out to be a challenging week. But, what I noticed and we are all concerned about is his current mental state. He knows the battle ahead, mentally and physically, is going to be long and tough. Together with God’s Grace, Ryan can beat cancer, but the reality of the fight ahead has him down. Today was the best day of the week, but he has a long way to go. Please keep praying for his peace and a mental state that will keep him in the ‘fight.’

The oncology floor (J5) at Children’s Hospital is truly a special place. Over the last few weeks, as we all try to cope with a Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew and Friend with cancer we’ve had the opportunity to draw upon experiences of other families going through their own battles with cancer. Two particular children that also need your prayers….eight year old Trey Martens who is next door to Ryan and sixteen year old Tyler Alfriend. Although in different phases of treatment, their journeys have been hard fought and are an inspiration. When you get a chance, read Tyler’s Dads comments about coping with a child with cancer. I think we all can take something away from his words of advice. Keep Trey (pictured with Destroyer Bombshells), Tyler, Jessica and all of the kids on J5 in your prayers. While you are at it, remember the Nurses, Doctors and Caregivers on J5…it takes special people to do what these people do day-in and day-out. God Bless!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pray for mental and physical strength

Ryan is going in shortly for another MRI. Please pray.

Ryan had another rough night...especially mentally. He understands that this will be a long battle with plenty of ups and downs. But with that said, we need your prayers of support to help lift him up emotionally as well as physically. Ryan is just physically drained. All involved are trying very hard to keep his spirits up. I would also like to ask you to pray for those caring for Ryan day in and day out. It is so hard mentally for everyone. It is so difficult to see someone you love hurting. Please lift them up as well.

Hopefully, since Ryan's chemo is done for the week, he will feel better and be in better spirits. Ryan’s appetite has diminished (partly due to nausea, and partly as a direct side effect from the medications) so he has been receiving nutrition intravenously. Last night, in addition to his usual regimen of medications he was given an appetite stimulant. With that, hopefully he will regain his appetite and be able to enjoy some food soon.

Ryan slept a good portion of yesterday morning/early afternoon, but had a pretty full late afternoon...Shortly after finishing his chemotherapy (in addition to many friends and family) he had a very special visit from a fabulous group of ‘bikers’… Close family friend, Ken Vaido, and a group of about 20 leather-clad friends and supporters from Leave a Mark Church, dropped by to pay Ryan a personal visit. It was a real blessing to have the group take the time to stop by and encourage Ryan. And after a heartfelt, spirit-filled (and much appreciated) prayer, everyone’s spirits were markedly lifted.

The American Cancer Society’s Race for the Cure was this past weekend. A very special thanks goes out to Becky Hollen who, although she’s never met Ryan, was willing to sponsor Ryan’s luminary and avail her ‘TALX WALX team’ to Ryan’s friends and family.

It is impossible to put into words the depth of gratitude we feel for all of your support and prayers for Ryan. Thank you doesn't seem adequate. Please continue to cover Ryan with prayer for mental and physical strength.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Good News Visit!

I had an opportunity to visit with Ryan after work today. He looked great and his spirits were good. When I got there I learned about his day. Around 3:00 p.m. he was able to get out of bed and spend some time in his wheelchair. Get this...he went outside and shot basketball (see video clip below) with his Dad and his friend Eric. Indeed a time for celebration and truly a blessing!

His oxygen levels and blood pressure have stabilized and are continuing to be monitored. During my visit his pain was minimal and under control. He ate a plateful of Plank's pizza with us and had a strawberry milkshake. I know what you are thinking, "No Wonder His Abdomen Hurts!"

While I was there this evening the chemo nurse came in and gave him his weekly chemo treatment. They gave him a syringe-full of chemo drugs and hooked him up to a drip that will take approximately 48 hours to complete. If all continues to go well this week, we are hopeful that he will be moved to the rehab floor. At that point, we think he'll be in rehab for one to two weeks...then hopefully he'll be able to go home.

Continue to pray for Ryan's comfort and tolerance to the chemo treatments. Thanks everyone and God Bless!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Saturday Update

Ryan had a very rough night last night. Overnight, his blood pressure and oxygen levels fell to extremely low levels and has been a definite cause of concern. They have cut-back his pain meds and have had him on oxygen periodically. Additionally, they have "pumped" a lot of fluids into his IV. Needless to say, the reduction in pain meds have caused his pain levels to increase. They are continuing to diagnose the reasons for these sudden drops in blood pressure and oxygen levels. Please pray for the hospital staff and Doctors in diagnosing these issues and pray that Ryan has a good night.

Skate for Ryan!

As many of you already know, one of Ryan's passions is ice hockey. In his honor, there is going to be a "Skate for Ryan!" on Saturday, May 31st from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8.00 and ALL of the proceeds will go to the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund. Please show your support of Ryan's fight and join us at the Dublin Chiller on May 31st!

Skate for Ryan! is open to everyone. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the 31st. Hilliard Davidson students can purchase tickets in advance from Brittni Elliott. Brittni said, "students should buy early though...we have already had a bunch of people asking about the event!" Thank you Brittni for helping with the event. Download the flyer below for more information.

A big THANK YOU goes to the Chiller Ice Rinks, proud members of the Columbus Blue Jackets family, for donating the ice time for this fundraiser!

Read this doc on Scribd: Skate for Ryan!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Daily Recap and MRI Results

Ryan woke up feeling pretty good today. He was up early about 4:00 a.m. Luckily his buddy Eric stayed the night, so they spent the early morning hours surfing the Internet (I am sure looking at cars.) He ate a good breakfast. He was on oxygen earlier today because his breathing was pretty shallow. This afternoon Ryan was able get out of bed and, with the assistance of his walker, walked down the hall. This is great news! He was resting well this evening.

Ryan's MRI test results were received today. The Doctors did not believe there was any new growth. They did indicate that areas in Ryan's back were a little inflamed or swollen. They felt this could be a result of the back surgery from a couple of weeks ago. They will continue with the Chemo on Monday as planned. As of now, they are thinking of trying to move him to the rehab floor next Wednesday or Thursday.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Good news and limited visitor request this evening

Good news...Ryan had a good night last night and has been feeling pretty well this morning. He ate breakfast and had early morning physical therapy. He did have a low grade fever last night so they were going to run some additional testing to make sure there aren't any new infections to be concerned about. The results from these tests aren't back yet. I'll update when they are.

Today Ryan is getting a new bed. It is a multi-pressure point bed which periodically alternates pressure points to help keep bed sores down. Ryan has a MRI scheduled at 5pm today. Please pray for a positive outcome for these tests.

Visitors should be aware that Ryan will be away from his room from 4-7pm tonight for the MRI and possible physical therapy.

There will be a Skate-A-Thon fundraiser at the Dublin Chiller on Saturday, May 31st from 6:30-8:30. Thank you so much to the Dublin Chiller for donating this ice time. More detailed information on this will follow.

Thank you all again for your prayers and support!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wednesday Update

Ryan had another difficult day today dealing with a lot of stomach pain. He was up a good bit of the night and slept a good part of the day. I am sure it would be very easy to have days and nights mixed up. His pain meds have been "ramped up" and he has been sleeping more. He will be going through additional testing (MRI) and scans tomorrow to help determine the cause of his abdomen pain. Please pray for a positive outcome to these tests.

The picture-taking has slowed down as attention is certainly focused on getting his pain and stomach issues under control. Additionally, as many of you know, the hospital staff has limited the numbers and duration of there is less to take pictures of. I am including the picture below, taken on May 9th, of Brad and Dennis with Ryan. Dennis brought Ryan one very large pair of used cleats worn and signed by James Laurinaitis and a mini-helmet signed by this year's leading Heisman Trophy candidate Chris "Beanie" Wells.

Click image to make larger. The shoes are huge!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuesday Update

Ryan has been in lot of pain over the past couple of days. They believe the pain is due to the bladder infection. His pain medication has been adjusted and this evening he seemed to find some relief from the intense pain he had been experiencing. He did receive a chemotherapy treatment this afternoon. Please continue to pray for Ryan and decisions that he will be making about his treatment. Thank you all for your support. It is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Golfers - Registration Deadline Set for June 2, 2008

Calling all golfers to the Ryan Salmons Charity Golf Outing. The good folks that Brad works with are organizing this outing in their spare time. As you can imagine, this is a tremendous, let's all be kind to them and get signed up asap, so they can get back to doing their day jobs! We would very much like to fill all of the spots.

Here are the details:

  • Date: June 20, 2008 (register and pay by June 2, 2008)
  • Location: Turnberry Golf Course (1145 Clubhouse Rd. Pickerington, Ohio 43147)
  • Time: Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. (registration starts at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Price: $100 (includes green fees and dinner after golf)
Here's what you need to do:
  • Find a foursome
  • Pick a Team Name and a Team Captain
  • Send all Team Information to Barry Salmons, call 614-288-0183 for more information.
  • Submit Team Payment to or send check by June 2, 2008

Payment Information

To make collecting green fees easier ($100 per golfer) we have set up an account on that uses your PayPal account. If you’d prefer to write a check, please write to Barry Salmons and then we can deposit it into the account we have set up to manage the golf course bills.

We will have an awesome time together, for a great cause. Hopefully, if Ryan is feeling up to it he can join us for for a ceremonial first swing, photos and dinner.

You can contact Barry Salmons at 614-288-0183.

Weekend Update

I had the opportunity to briefly visit with Ryan late this afternoon and I wanted to give you an update. As you all know from the request to 'call before visiting' on Saturday, Ryan was not feeling well at all. He has been experiencing quite a bit of pain in his abdomen. Overnight on Saturday, Ryan's temperature spiked up to 102 degrees. By Sunday morning they were able to bring his temperature down, and they determined the catheter caused some sort of infection. The nurse indicated this was relatively common for anyone who has been 'cathed'... I think she said "it's the foreign objects in bacteria-sensitive area" type of thing. They are still unsure if it is a kidney, bladder or some other type of infection, however they are aggressively treating the infection with IV administered antibiotics. Hopefully, this will clear up some of the pain he has been experiencing in his abdomen.

On Monday, Ryan will be faced with another aggressive treatment of chemotherapy. He will also have some difficult decisions to make on how aggressively they 'go-after' his bowel issues. It is important they get these issues under control so they can get him up on his feet and start the rehab process. We all want to see him get back on his feet as soon as possible.

Prayer warriors...keep Ryan in your daily prayers. Every day is an important day as he continues to fight this cancer. He will have bad his days...but these bad days are necessary in the journey to get him into remission.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Visitation Request: Please Call First

Family and Friends, thank you for all of your continued support and prayers for Ryan. Ryan is not feeling well today and is experiencing a lot of pain in his abdomen. Please call Brad at 614-736-2723 before visiting today.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Ryan Salmons Donation Fund

We have been asked from several individuals and corporations if there is a way to help out with Ryan's medical expenses and other necessities. We have established the Ryan Salmons Donation Fund at Huntington National Bank. This account will be used to offset medical expenses and manage the proceeds from any fund-raising efforts for Ryan like the Charity Golf Outing.

If you would like to contribute:

You may make checks payable to: Ryan Salmons Donation Fund
Last 4 digits of the account number are: 9922

You may go to any Huntington Banking Office to make the donation. If you don't have access to a Huntington location, checks may be sent to me [Amy Salmons] and I will deposit it into the Donation Fund…but please make checks payable to Ryan Salmons Donation Fund. Please email me if you need my address at .

Once again we are so humbled by the generosity of so many. We covet your prayers and good thoughts for Ryan as he continues his fight. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ryan received a special letter from 2-time Heisman Trophy winner and former OSU football player, Archie Griffin, yesterday. Archie wrote that he was informed about Ryan's illness and encouraged him to keep strong and fight as hard as he can. The much treasured letter will be added to his growing collection of OSU memorabilia and various other well wishes. All of which serve to inspire and encourage Ryan every day. . .

Since Ryan no longer has an appetite and has been continually nauseous, they are now giving him fluids via his IV to help keep him adequately hydrated. Today or tomorrow they will be drawing blood to check his blood count. We're hoping and praying that it remains good.

This morning was Ryan's last radiation treatment for a while. Since Ryan is still very weak, they have postponed moving him to the rehab floor until this weekend. Hopefully he will get his appetite back and can regain enough strength to transition to rehab. We will certainly continue to keep you all posted.

A special thanks to Katie Steiner and Kate Furman of Nationwide Arena & the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for setting up yesterday's special visit from "The Bombshells" - the Columbus Destroyers [Arena Football team] cheerleaders.

We really can't thank you all enough for keeping the prayers and well-wishes coming . . . it's not only an inspiration to Ryan, but a comfort to the whole family as well as all of the friends and caregivers involved in Ryan's fight and recovery!

To sum up today’s update; I’ve included a heart-felt poem written for Ryan by Mike Huffman, Softball Coach and long-time family friend . . .

Ryan’s Journey
by Mike Huffman
Family and friends have joined their hands and their hearts
We have formed a circle of strength that will not come apart
When times are dark and some things go wrong
Remember our prayers to help you stay strong.

Let our tremendous love for you become a guiding light
Let us show you the path as you as you continue your fight
We will be beside you for support every step of the way
We will join voices to cheer for you on your victory day.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Just a quick update on Ryan's Tuesday. Last night was a rough night as the effects of the chemo continued to affect him. He was up a couple of times during the night, watched a bit of overnight TV and was awakened early to go to The James at OSU for radiation. He slept most of the afternoon after his early morning treatment.

In the afternoon, a few Columbus Destroyers Cheerleaders stopped by to see Ryan but he did not feel well enough to visit with them. You know he must be feeling bad to turn the 'cheerleaders' away! Brad took a couple of photos of the cheerleaders (of course he did!) and they left a couple of parting gifts for Ryan. Late afternoon he was feeling a little better and was able to spend limited time with a few visitors.

Please continue to pray for Ryan...for him to be able to tolerate the treatment...for him to regain full feeling and use of his legs...for total healing. Thank you all!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Monday Update and a Visit from Chris Spielman and William White

With the first full week of the chemotherapy under his belt, the weekend became progressively more difficult for Ryan. By Saturday, the nausea and the draining weakness that predictably accompanies the chemo treatments significantly impacted Ryan’s comfort-level. But it didn’t stop him from making every effort to enjoy his family and friends and the visit from Dee Miller (former OSU wide receiver) on Saturday morning – new pictures of this just posted to the photo site. Ryan tried to be upbeat, but most could tell he was just not his perky self. He stayed in bed most of the day. He also opted out of physical therapy due to being just too tired to take it on.

Yesterday was a tough day. After sleeping for about 15-hours straight, he woke up around 3PM feeling pretty sick. Physical therapy was put on the back-burner again and he really was not up to having visitors. Sunday night was rather rough– he just couldn’t get comfortable and was up almost all night fighting the constant nausea and debilitating weakness.

Ryan’s schedule for this morning through Wednesday will include: Radiation treatment up at The James in the morning and physical therapy mid-day if he’s up for it. After Wednesday his radiation treatments will be suspended (according to plan) and will resume later in his treatment schedule. Tonight he will receive his only round of Chemo for the week, but this will be a much stronger (increased) dose.

Either today or tomorrow they plan on moving Ryan from the Cancer Floor to the Rehab Floor to begin a regimented program to strengthen his legs and see what his limitations and strengths are. They hope to eventually get him strong enough to come home (possibly as soon as this coming weekend) and then he would only have to visit Children's once a week for his chemo. Initially Ryan was disappointed when they told him he would be leaving the Cancer Floor because he has become very attached to the staff taking care of him there. He understands, however, that he needs to keep positive and this is just one more step toward getting stronger and beating this disease!

Ryan’s dad, Brad, planned for Chris Spielman and William White, former OSU & NFL players to visit this morning. They stayed for about 45 minutes and spoke with Ryan. Chris talked with Ryan about the cancer that he has and his treatment. Chris shared with Ryan his own personal experience and how his family coped and dealt with his wife, Stefanie’s, own battle with breast cancer. Chris and Ryan also discussed weightlifting. William shared with Ryan about what he’d done in the NFL and stories about the Super Bowl. Ryan was thrilled with the visit.

William White and Chris Spielman visit with Ryan and Brad.

This was an uplifting time for Ryan when he has been down a little bit. He was able to share this time with his friend, Elaine, who has been here this morning visiting Ryan. Pictures of this will be posted to the blog within the next day or so.

Please do keep all the thoughts and prayers coming. . . . The impact all of your prayers are making is not unnoticed and is truly comforting for all involved!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sunday Update & Blogging 101

We can't thank you enough for your continued support for Ryan. Your visits, texts, support and prayers help him so much. He has been very tired this weekend and has been resting a lot. I wanted to point out a couple of different ways you can continue to support Ryan. You can leave comments for him through several different can always comment after each post that is written here on his blog. Just click on the green "comments" tab below the post and a screen will come up to type your message. If you don't have a google/blogger account, then you can click on "Name/URL" to type your name so Ryan knows who wrote the comment. Another way to comment is on Barry's photo website [link to the right - "Photos of Ryan"]. There's an "Add Comment" button below the pictures that you can add comments. And, there is also Ryan's Caring Bridge site [link to the right - "Caring Bridge Website"] that you can write comments in the Guestbook section. Click on "Sign My Guestbook" and follow the directions to leave comments. Make sure you sign your name to the comments so Ryan knows who left the message. Ryan does have access and reads the blog and these sites. So, let's shower him with our messages and thoughts for him.

Also, while Ryan is at Children's Hospital, you can also send him an E-Card [Room 5316]. These cards are delivered every weekday to him. This is a quick and easy way to send him a card.

If you'd like to be able to retrieve the daily updates from this blog, enter your email address in the box to the right where the "Subscribe" button is located. New messages posted to this blog will be sent directly to your email every morning between 5:00-7:00am. Soon after you type in your email address and click "Subscribe", a link will be sent directly to your email account. You must click on this link for the daily messages to come to your email inbox going forward. You may have to check your spam filter if you don't receive this link in your inbox. There are a couple of you that have signed up for the Email subscription but haven't clicked on the link you may want to check your spam filter for this or you can re-register.

Again, thank you all so much. It has been so wonderful to see the outpouring of love you have given to Ryan and to all of his family. Be sure to check out this weekends photos, including photos with Dee Miller, former Ohio State receiver. Thank you.

Friday, May 2, 2008

MRI Update

Just wanted to send a quick update on the results from Ryan's MRI today since many of you have been praying for that specifically today. It appears that the radiation has caused the tumor to swell some which the doctors say is very typical at this point in the therapy. This swelling occurs before a tumor shrinks and dies. Also, they believe his pain could be due to inflammation around the joints which is also caused by the radiation. This pain should subside as the tumor shrinks. So, the radiation seems to be doing it's job which is wonderful news.

Ryan is doing great today despite the testing that he went through. He did well in physical therapy and is concentrating on getting his full strength back in his legs.

He is expected to be moved from his current room on J5 to the rehab floor at the beginning of next week.

Thank you all so much for your support and prayers for Ryan. They help him so much.

OSU Relay for Life

The Talx Corporation (in Hilliard) is supporting/participating in the OSU Relay for Life (to benefit the American Cancer Society) May 17th and 18th . . . a friend (Becky Hollen) has purchased a luminary for Ryan to put on the path and she’ll be walking in the event as well.

If any of you are interested in participating in this event – there are a number of ways to do so. One easy and tasty way is to chow-down at Skyline Chili (Mill Run) 3693 Fishinger Road on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Simply mention the OSU Relay for Life fundraiser in the Dining Room or at the Drive-Thru and a portion of your sale will be donated to benefit the OSU Relay for Life! Another way to get involved is by either sponsoring Becky as a walker or you can sign-up to join her team (they’re still in need of walkers). The event is a full 24 hours – with walkers walking in ½ hour time increments.

For those not familiar with what happens on the walk, our team must have at least one team member walking the luminary-lined path for an entire 24 hour period. Each member of the TALX WALX team will be walking. But, there's a lot of time to cover.We're asking for volunteers to come out and help us walk. The time slots are divided into 1/2 hour increments. You can sign-up for just 1/2 hour, a full hour or even more if you like! Lots of activities are going on throughout the walk (yes, even in the middle of the night). There's usually always a band on stage playing music, they've also done karaoke, there are lots of games/activities and they even have "Movie Time".You can send an e-mail with your preferred time to -- tell her that you got the info from me (Becky Hollen). I will be there most of the day Saturday, but I cannot walk on Sunday.No limit on the total number of walkers -- the more the merrier! Thanks again everyone for your support.

See the link to the right for the team sign-up for the TALX WALX or to sponsor a walker.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Thursday's Update

Ryan started experiencing some pain in his right hip/lower back area yesterday. So the doctors ordered some X-Rays of his back and pelvic area. The new pain creates a bit of a quandary because, of the cancer found in his pelvic region, the significant portion was detected on his left side – not the right. The X-Rays did not reveal any major issues but the doctors still wanted to get a MRI done on his pelvic area tomorrow. He didn't seem to experience the same level of discomfort today which was good. Please continue to pray that Ryan's pain can be controlled.

His treatment still continued as planned…He had his radiation treatment this morning, had physical therapy this afternoon and chemo this evening. He still has a healthy appetite, not exhibiting any adverse side effects from the chemo, and is still as quick-witted as ever.

EJ (of EJ's Canyon CafĂ© – formerly Gibby's – in Grandview: ) generously provided hot-wings with all the trimmings for dinner last night – a big treat for all! If any of you are ever in the Grandview area – please do stop in EJ's for a bite and return the favor. A good friend with a generous heart . . . and seriously good food!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yesterday was Day 2 of Ryan’s Radiation/Chemo schedule – and all is still going very well. No side effects so far. The treatment team at Children's is certainly going to do everything they can to keep Ryan as comfortable as possible through this process.

This week his daily routine will be 8AM going to The James for his radiation treatment, physical therapy at noon and then at 6:15 PM chemo.

We're estimating that Ryan will stay hospitalized for approximately 2 more weeks before being released. He'll still continue treatment, but will be able to do it from home - checking in at the hospital for tests and evaluations along the way.

We can’t really even begin to thank you all enough for your faithfulness in keeping Ryan (& family/caregivers/etc.) in your prayers! It’s truly a blessing to know that so many people care and take the time to show their Christ-like compassion for this family by praying for all involved.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Charity Golf Outing in support of Ryan

Click the image for a larger version that you can print.

Ryan Meets and Beats Dan Fritsche from the Columbus Blue Jackets

Update from Susan Early today, Ryan received a personal visit from Dan Fritsche, the center for our Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team. He spent time with Ryan, talking about his hockey experiences and signing team pictures and hats for him. Ryan was thrilled. Dan noticed that he had guitar hero in his room, and asked if he could play a few games with him, so Dan and Ryan jammed a bit. Rumor has it Ryan put it to fact, he said he doubled his score. Game On Dan! Next time your doing rounds...REMATCH! It was a great morning for Ryan.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Friends, Family, Block "O" and Celebs

Update by Melissa Tucker - Hi All! What a great weekend! Ryan has been showing marked improvement in his strength and ability to walk . . . He took a number of steps on Friday, quite a few on Saturday, but really blew everyone away on Sunday when he walked all the way down his hallway and even walked into the ‘teen room’ to show off his growing strength to everyone there pulling for him.

The whole weekend was full of surprises and accomplishments. It was a couple of days off from treatments, but was packed with friends, family, and fun! In addition to all of the friends & family who have been surrounding him since he was admitted, a great family friend, Roland, was able to come up from Florida to spend the weekend, which was a real treat. Friday night, with the help of friends Ryan had a ‘block O’ shaved into the back of his head – which was a big hit! After getting some pictures and showing it off, he did end up whisking the rest of his hair off too; which made for a fun night. Saturday turned into quite a star-studded event when OSU’s head football coach, Jim Tressel, paid Ryan a personal visit. Coach showed off his Big Ten Championship ring, posed for pictures and signed a football for Ryan. . . even shared a text message with the group that he received from Vernon Gholston (just prior to his getting drafted in the 1st round to the NY Jets) . . . pretty cool, huh? Then, one of Sunday’s highlights included a visit from the CEI Softball Team, who was happy to honor their former bat-boy with a few team shirts, a signed softball, and an invitation to throw out the first pitch of the season next year. Additionally, Jennifer, a favorite nurse from Ryan’s pain management team (and an angel in human skin) spent a good portion of her birthday (and day off) with her newly “adopted” family . . . it’s impossible to express adequately how significant an impact her presence has made (on all involved) throughout this process . . . I think all of the excitement really energized Ryan and contributed directly to his accomplishment of walking as much as he did.

Brad called Susan earlier today to let her know that Ryan had a great night last night. This morning he wanted to walk. He was able to go from his room, down the hall through the doors, to the nurse’s station. He was thrilled. Brad said each day his legs seem to be stronger.

Please continue to keep all of the Salmons family in your prayers. He will need his family and friends to be strong and uplifted for him. Also, please pray for his Doctors, Nurses and various other caregivers at Children’s and The James as they work together to fight this right alongside Ryan.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Journey Begins - Refuse to Lose!

Photo taken 4/26/08 with Ohio State Buckeyes Coach Jim Tressel

We are starting this blog for Ryan Salmons as he begins his fight with cancer. He was diagnosed last week and is just beginning his treatments which will initially start with radiation and chemotherapy. We will use this blog as a way to journal and update family and friends of the progress he is making with his treatments. A host of editors will do our best to keep you all apprised of his progress as we go through this ‘together’. We love you Ryan. Stay strong. You can win!