Diagnosed: Oct. 19, 2023
Written by Tim Finkel, Ryder’s dad
On October 19th, my wife and I were given the worst possible news a parent can receive.
After some concerning symptoms led us to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit this week, we learned that our 7-year-old son Ryder has a rare form of childhood brain cancer. He has an inoperable tumor on his brain stem and his time with us is limited.
Our family is devastated.
My wife and I have always said from the moment we could see this kid’s personality develop, that he is simply overjoyed to be alive everyday. He is an inspiration to us and all those around him with his unwavering love and positivity.
The road ahead of us is unknown, but we do know the road will end. We are surrounded by the love of our family, friends and community and we will lean on all of you to travel this road together.
Right now we are going to focus on creating as many of the most amazing moments as possible that we can with Ryder and our family and being as present as possible.
Thank you to all who have reached out and who have helped in all capacities big or small. Many of you have asked how you can help. I have started a go fund me page to help cover any resources we may need to ensure we give Ryder the greatest moments possible moving forward.
Ryder is a gift. Whenever we tell him we love him, he always responds, “I love you more”.
We love you all and Ryder loves you more!