Sacramento and the bay area are homes to at least two different breast cancer foundations but few other local cancer foundations are as well known for their education, research and financial aid. Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation and the Sacramento Valley Affiliate of Susan G. Komen are often in the press for their varied fundraising events including Albie Rib Cook-Off Fundraiser, Komen's Race For the Cure, Artists for the Cure and many others. They are much needed and appreciated organizations that raise awareness and funds for breast cancer diagnostic tests and expensive treatments.
However, there remains a great need in our California communities for those who are hit hard by the battles of cancer in its various forms. Even with medical insurance, many are stripped down to the limits and find themselves at a loss on how to keep themselves afloat during some of the most challenging circumstances to face any single person. Because of these challenges, the family and friends of Ryan and Mandy Mulvany have united to help Ryan's battle against acute lymphoblastic lymphoma.
The Mulvany story involves a duo fight against cancer. Mandy had recently fought against cervical cancer and gave birth to baby girl Kendall despite the great odds following her physical challenges and diagnosis of endometriosis. While Mandy was on maternity leave from teaching preschool, Ryan was hard at work to support the new family. One weekend he went to the hospital believing he had a bad case of bronchitis and was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive type of cancer called lymphoblastic lymphoma.
Their worlds were instantly turned upside down. The joy of their miracle baby was shadowed by Ryan's unexpected symptoms and diagnosis to be followed by extensive chemotherapy treatments. As of June 20, 2013, the tumor in Ryan's chest is nearly or almost all gone and he has moved on to the next phase in treatment. In the meantime, Mandy was not able to return to work and their plans to save and work toward a new home have dissolved. They have been assisted by the generosity of family and friends providing meals, gift cards, baby goods and other necessities.
Good people do indeed suffer. The ways of the world often appear unfair and bizarre when people who are kind and beautiful in heart are stricken with serious illnesses or tragedies. Ryan, age 26, and Mandy, age 25, choose to celebrate miracles like the arrival of a baby girl doctors said would never happen. They choose to muster all the strength possible and not only endure but continue to love and live with hope. The couple has stated they did not want to ask for charity but friends have insisted and said they were going to fundraise anyway. From this insistence the Mulvany Give Forward site was created and over $4,600 has been raised for Ryan's medical expenses which are in the tens of thousands.
The Give Forward fundraiser has recently been extended to allow additional donations to be collected. As of Oct. 25, 2013, there are 68 days left to use the site to help support Ryan and Mandy cover the rising expenses. In their new marriage and new joys of parenthood, they are struggling to stay positive from day to day. In a recent interview with ABC News10, Ryan and Mandy have both credited the kindness of others as a great booster in Ryan's recovery. Ryan says, "If you have any doubt in humanity, it kind of restores your faith."
Donations of any amount can be made at the Give Forward site here. Contributors have the option of leaving a message, staying anonymous or not, and paying the small processing fee or not. No amount is too small on the Give Forward system. These donations are not tax deductible. Only 7% is deducted from total donations in order to cover all processing fees including credit card/debit fees, PayPal fees, and website. Please share this article and/or the Give Forward site with others. Post it on your facebook wall to help spread the Mulvany cause. One small act of kindness can tip the balance in ways only God can ultimately comprehend. Prayers for recovery and good health are also welcome.