Ryan is a 3 year old diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). He initially received gene therapy in hopes to cure his illness, but unfortunately that was not a success and he had to receive a bone marrow transplant. He is an only child and resides with his parents in Hawaii, but had to travel to Cincinnati in October 2013 when he was 5 1/2 months old. Due to the complexity of his disease he was unable to go home until August 2016. He and his mother remained in Cincinnati for almost 3 years without going home one time. Ryan and his parents returned to Cincinnati in December 2016 and the cost of 3 flights was around $4,000. Ryan’s Mother has not worked since 2013 when she took a leave of absence to remain in Cincinnati with him, and Ryan’s father has had to deplete their savings in order to travel to Cincinnati to visit.
Pennies From Heaven paid $250 on 12-10-16 to cover the cost of the hotel during their stay in Cincinnati. Although they only requested $250, this family has taken a huge hit financially since Ryan was born.