Participant 658924

Ryan Kiser Before

Ryan Kiser

shaved to cure childhood cancers!

Feb 13, 2014 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event: University of Louisville School of Medicine

At: University of Louisville School of Medicine

500 South Preston, Louisville, KY US

Conquer Childhood Cancers

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Participant 658924

Participant 658924

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Help me fund the research that will save their lives!

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$2,262Raised

$2,000 Goal

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Participant 658924

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I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: School of Medicine

Feb 13, 2014 • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event: University of Louisville School of Medicine

At: University of Louisville School of Medicine

500 South Preston, Louisville, KY US

I shaved to raise money for childhood cancer research with: School of Medicine

I had cancer - and it is awful, but you'd probably expect me to say that that. So, let me share a story with you:

One of the saddest things I have ever seen occurred while I was waiting my turn to receive my radiation treatment in the basement of Massachusetts General Hospital...

One morning a father and son came in. I would say the child was 4 or 5 years old. Had patches of hair missing about his head.

And he started asking his dad repeatedly, choking back tears, pulling on his dad's jeans and looking straight into his eyes, "please, daddy, don't make me do this, I want to go home - please, please don't make me do this..."

And all the father could say, also seemingly choking back tears, "I'm sorry, I don't want you to have to do this, bud; but we have to do it, we have to make you better - we can go home after and watch cartoons..."

And the child said, pulling on to his dad's hand - "But I want to go home now, can't we just go home now - I don't want to do this..."

And all the dad could say was that he was, "sorry..."

There was not a dry eye in the room and it still makes me tear up and anxious inside when I think about that little boy.

Here's the thing, our treatment for cancer sucks - it hurts, it's painful. It makes you feel like crap, some days it hurts so badly that even as an adult you may feel inside that you want to stop, you want to quit the treatments.

Your hair falls out, you feel nauseated, you feel exhausted - you don't want to eat, your head is pounding; you're hot, then cold - you're sweating and then you are not, you can't sleep when you want to and you can't stay awake when you need to. Your body is doing things and reacting in such a way that you can't imagine that what you are going through is actually helping you rid yourself of disease... you feel like you have lost all control of your body - and what could be worse?

Now imagine a little child, who can't fully grasp what is going on - he or she doesn't understand why he or she has to go through all this pain and torment, every day... for months at a time...

Imagine that this is your child, and the only thing you could do was just verbally console him or her - not being able to do anything to stop the pain, the sickness and suffering. Having to look your child in the eyes and say "I'm sorry" only to then walk him or her back into the room where all the pain and suffering envelopes him/her again.

Wouldn't you hope that there was something better, something less painful you/we could do for these kids - other than to give them poison and zap them with radiation?

Help me raise funds to find ways to take the exhaustive pain and suffering out of cancer treatment - help me raise funds to find ways to ease thousands of innocent children's suffering.

Every dollar helps - DO NOT think you have to give a lot, if you can only donate $1, $2, $3, $4, etc., if everyone did that - we could raise quite a bit.

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Kids with cancer are our reason for it all. They’re the inspiration behind our event and the reason we’re helping fund childhood cancer research. We believe all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into realities. Join our event or make a donation, and click the photos below to read their incredible stories.

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