Severe headaches were an ongoing issue for eight-year-old Ryker. His parents, D.j. and Ashley, knew there must be something that was causing them. Then in April of 2016, he started to throw up in the morning hours. He was taken to the doctor twice, but was sent home with a diagnosis of a flu bug or a sinus infection. The third time that his parent took him in, they already had their suspicions about what could be causing the issues and they requested an MRI. They had confirmation that same day of a brain tumor.
After surgery to remove the tumor, a biopsy came back showing that the tumor was a cancerous type called medulloblastoma. Ryker was treated with six weeks of proton beam radiation and five months of chemotherapy. His treatment had to be stopped early due to low platelet levels, but Ryker has now been in remission and cancer free for three years!
Now age 11, Ryker, from Wilton, plays basketball and has joined band where he plays the drums. He also enjoys playing baseball and being in archery. He still goes to occupational therapy once a week to build his motor skills because nerves in his hands and feet were damaged by the chemo. He struggles a little with things like tying his shoes or being quick on his feet, but overall, he is doing very well and is enjoying being a normal kid. He spends a lot of time with his friends, but is also sure to make time for his dog, Biscuit.