Northview Sixth-Grader Diagnosed With Leukemia at Two, Now Sharing Story and Raising Money
Northview Highlands Middle School sixth-grader Ryan Heyboer was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 2-1/2 years old.
Now, he is bravely sharing his story of missed holidays, chemotherapy, needles and pneumonia as he asks for help raising money because he says, "I don't want other kids to go through what I went through."
On Tuesday morning, Ryan shared his story with his entire school on his school news station. He talked about his diagnosis at 2-1/2 years old, his record of taking 21 pills at one time, the day they poked him 31 times to get his IV started and his 3.5 years of treatment to get the cancer to stay away.
It's an experience Ryan doesn't want others to go through. Ryan and his school, Northview Highlands Middle School, are participating in a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society student fundraising campaign. Their goal is to raise $2,019 by March 1, 2019.