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TOMAHAWK (WAOW) -
little boy from Tomahawk is giving back after battling cancer. With
the help of his family the young cancer survivor is making sure those
still battling the disease knows there's life after treatment.
Van Ryen is a typical 11-year-old boy. He plays with his little
brother, picks blackberries, and even rides snowmobiles.
Tucker's life hasn't always been typical.
started as a routine doctors appointment," said Tucker's Dad
Terry Van Ryen.
age two, Tucker was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia.
a heart shock," explained Van Ryen. "We didn't know what to
months, hospitals, feeding tubes, and medical procedures were all the
became routine," said Van Ryen.
it was the nights spent at the Ronald McDonald house in Madison that
an organization that provides support and comfort to children with
cancer and their families.
were a lot of kids there going through the same thing. We got to
share a lot of stories," said Van Ryen.
Tucker is in remission. The Van Ryen's want to give back to the
organization that gave them so much. So they've packed this
snowmobile trailer full of supplies and are headed down to Madison to
drop them off, and spend another night.
want the kids down there to see where you can be in life after you
get done with treatment."
is a perfect example.
about to celebrate his 12th birthday. It's something his family says
is a milestone they don't take for granted.
because it started so young in life doesn't mean you don't have a
chance. Just have to do what the doctors tell you, a lot prayer,
people that stand behind you and you can make it," said Van
they're sharing that message with those who need it most.
Van Ryen's headed down to Madison on Friday afternoon. They will have
a cookout at the Ronald McDonald House with all the families there on
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