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The Ryan Waldheger Research Memorial Foundation: Supporting Ryan's dream of improving cancer care for adolescents and young adults through research that bridges the gap between pediatric and adult cancer care programs.

There’s a part of Ryan in all of us, reminding us to do what we can, and always believe.

With your donation you support Ryan's dream of improving cancer care for adolescents and young adults through research that bridges the gap between pediatric and adult cancer care programs.
One of our primary goals is to provide education and support to young adult cancer patients and their families. Here are some of the most basic questions asked by and about young adults with cancer, and the place to which we would direct those individuals for help.
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TREATMENT OPTIONS:


Q: Where could a recently-diagnosed young adult turn to for reliable information about cancer treatment options?


A: The National Cancer Institute’s www.cancer.gov might be a good starting point for detailed information about treatment for a specific type of cancer.  The site provides excellent information about clinical trials including:
  • Some questions to ask a health care provider before entering a clinical trial
  • The risks, benefits, and particular protections associated with patient's enrollment in a clinical trial
www.clinicaltrials.gov is a federally mandated, comprehensive registry of clinical trials put together by the National Institute of Health. It includes both federally and privately funded clinical trials, with detailed criteria and contact information for each trial.
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CANCER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:

Q: Where might a young adult find emotional support in fighting the difficult battle against cancer that lies ahead?

A: Livestrong’s mission is powerful: At Livestrong, we unite people to fight cancer believing that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. The foundation’s Website, www.livestrong.org, encourages people of all ages to stay connected in the fight. One-on-one support is provided through the LIVESTRONG® SurvivorCare program. 
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FERTILITY PRESERVATION:



Q: Where can a young adult find answers to questions and concerns about cancer-related infertility including how, if possible, to preserve fertility prior to beginning treatment for cancer?

A: Visit
www.fertilehope.org for help with this important healthcare need.

Fertile Hope is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
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BONE MARROW AND PERIPHERAL BLOOD STEM CELL (PBSC) DONATION:



Q: Where can you register to be a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor, giving young adult leukemia patients and many other cancer patients hope for the future?


A: If you are between the age of age of 18 and 60, visit
www.marrow.org to learn about ways to give through Be the Match Foundation. Be the Match® is the new name for the National Marrow Donor Program®.