Ryker, grandson of Melody and Mike Halpin, Mike and Tami Morris and Dick Anderson, have seen their grandson enjoy youth sports like football and t-ball, but Ryker was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or ALL. Ryker has already started chemotherapy and is set on a three-year treatment plan and will not be able to return to school any earlier than Christmas of this year. Ryker and his parents Matt and Allison Halpin along with his older brother Nate currently live in Kalama and have joined the team from Emanuel/Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore., to raise funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
“The money I receive from this fundraiser will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in Ryker’s name,” said Hagain.
Hagain plans to solicit not only the local area, but also state wide for donations to auction on-line from approximately May 21 – June 30.
“Ryker has a whole team of supporters behind him, they are called “Ryker’s Ninja’s”. After Ryker learned about his initial chemotherapy, finding out that he would be losing his hair, he commented that he didn’t want it to come back curly.”
Hagain has set a goal of $1,500 for the on-line auction and is currently contacting individuals and businesses for items to have available for the auction. Hagain is available to come and speak to any interested parties wishing to assist in his project and can be contacted by phone at (360) 208-4771 or reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Zach Hagain on Facebook.
“If this is something that people can help with, I wish them to contact me so I can explain more about the project and give information about the cause,” said Hagain.
Ryker’s progress is also available through www.caringbridge.org, if you do not have an account you will need to create one at the site to check in with Ryker.
Check in with Hagain to help him meet his goal to help young Ryker in his battle with cancer.