Matthew Barr relapsed while preparing for his Disney World trip with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Treatments have not been working as hoped, and insurance is exhausted. But the fight continues. I recall something Matthew's dad wrote when Matthew relapsed: "I know that as I go to bed tonight God will be my side, as I know that right now he is with Matthew and all of you. We still believe, and have not given up in this battle. It is far from over."
Madilyn Zimmerman is 7 years old, and one of the recipients of of this year's Laps for Love. But Madilyn has also become an aggressive fund raiser. She already has her fund-raising site set up(www.akidagain.org/goto/madilynsteam), and has set a personal goal to raise $5,000!
Ryan Salmons, our wonderful friend. 19 year old Ryan stood tall on the children's cancer floor, as he said "I Refuse to Lose!" Ryan's courage became such an inspiration the the Blue Jackets Hockey team signed him to a one day contract. His #3 jersey is still one of the best sellers on their web site.
Ryan passed away this summer, but his unstoppable spirit remains strong. Fulfilling one of Ryan's dreams, his dad started raising funds to purchase new TV's for all the cancer rooms at Children's Hospital. When the hospital staff suggested it would be easier to install the TV's in two years when the construction is completed. Ryan's dad responded, "Ryan lived his last year on this floor. Two years times 36 rooms? That is 72 kids like Ryan not benefiting from these TV's. I will not wait."
Laps for Love will be giving the remaining funds needed to purchase and install the new TV's in all the rooms in time for the winter Olympics.