During the 2nd quarter of 2017, $72,952.43 raised by JUST TRYAN IT triathletes and sponsors was distributed to 377 families with a child in active cancer treatment. These families struggling with the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis were able to remain in their home, put food on their table, safely travel to treatment, and maintain access to critical cancer care and support. Together, we provided patients and caregivers with direct financial gifts and gift cards, enabling them to refocus on their cancer care, get their children well, and bridge the gap between hospital and home.
Tyler is a kind 19-year-old young man who loves to play the drums and spend time with his tight-knit family. With a pastor for a father, Tyler quickly learned importance of helping others and loves to give back to his community.
Tyler’s faith and positivity have remained prominent in his live, even throughout his history with osteosarcoma of the pelvis. He has endured a radical pelvic resection, placement of a hip prosthesis, intensive chemotherapy, and additional surgeries, all requiring frequent and lengthy hospitalizations and extensive physical therapy.
Tyler's mother works at a nursing home. Both parents have needed to take frequent absences from their respective jobs in order to accompany Tyler to his appointments and care for their two other children, resulting in a significant loss of income. The church community did what they could to help Tyler and his family during their time of need, but Tyler’s treatment was extensive, and the out-of-pocket medical costs continued to mount.
Overwhelmed by their new financial reality, Tyler's parents reached out to their social worker at Inova Health for assistance. The social worker identified the family’s most urgent needs and contacted Family Reach, JUST TRYAN IT's distribution partner. Immediately, a grant was issued to cover Tyler’s family’s housing costs, providing a significant amount of relief for his parents.
Ronny and his wife expressed an immense amount of gratitude for the assistance that was provided as such a critical time. We are thrilled to report that Tyler has entered the maintenance phase of treatment and is looking forward to attending college in the fall.