May 22, 2013

Our biggest need is for you to remember us in your prayers, but when we have physical needs we will post them here. If you would like to meet one of the needs listed below please send an email to
5/22/2013 This isn’t a need as much as just letting you know another way you can support and bless our family.  Ryan is a video game developer, and we have spent recent months living off of our savings while he and his game developer partners create a game called “That Dragon, Cancer”  It is still being built and you can see some concept art and articles that have been written about them here.
02/09/2013 Clearly we have not done a great job of listing needs, but if you want to support and bless our family, please buy our children’s book inspired by Joel. “He’s Not Dead Yet.”
03/06/10 Chest Freezer.  (Need Met on 03/08/10)  Thanks!
02/23/2010 – Graco infant car seat base for a second vehicle (Need Met on 02/23/10)  Thanks!
02/06/2010 – Chest Freezer (Need Met on 02/07/10) Thanks!

(More needs coming soon. We have a lot of logistics to sort out here, but we expect our needs could eventually include dinners on treatment days, cleaning help, child care for date nights when everyone in our home is well, and probably a lot of things that have not even begun to occur to me yet, but I will post them here when I figure out what we need and the best way to organize it.)

May 22, 2013 | Comments


There are 22 comments for this post.

  1. Cindy Wright-Jones on February 10, 2010 12:30 pm

    Cool! Will check!

  2. Ellen on February 10, 2010 2:43 pm

    I would love to help, so I will be checking your needs section. My younger daughter was in LHS theater with Jennifer McR and my older daughter graduated from LHS in 98. Praying for your precious baby and entire family.

  3. Kelli Park on February 10, 2010 11:19 pm

    There are many, many of us scattered throughout Denver praying faithfully for your family. Please do not hesitate to call me if you guys need anything at all (a homemade meal at the hospital, an errand run, really anything at all) and someone will get it to you right away. Kelli 303-328-7934. Trusting our Father’s perfect hand…

  4. Jim and Eva Jo Rutherford on February 11, 2010 8:14 am

    We love you Amy and Ryan and Joel is so sweet in the photos. May you feel our comfort for you. Grandma and Grandpa

  5. Paige Hornback, Kelli Park on February 11, 2010 10:38 am

    Ryan and Amy, is there an address we can send restaurant gift cards, grocery gift cards, or perhaps drop food or anything you need (or want!) off at the front desk of the hospital? Whatever would bless you the most, please let us know how we can lift any burden (small or large).

  6. KC on February 11, 2010 10:29 pm

    Your faith in God has given me faith that I have not had in a long time. It has reassured me that there is a God who is out there watching over us. Thank you for helping me renew my faith. I will keep Joel in my prayers.

    Have you thought about setting up a fund to help pay for medical expenses? Just looking at your website I see there are a lot of us all over the world that have taken an interest in Joel, praying that he will get better soon and want to help in some other way. I would love to help and give something more than just my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sara Wiese on February 19, 2010 6:33 am

    Amy I just wanted to say that I can help in anyway possible. Kurt is coming home for 2 months so use me :) Keep in mind that I am a RN and that if Joel gets home and you need help with him ….like a babysitter that has that an RN and not afraid of tubes ect….or you and Ryan need help with that let me know. I do work in the NICU so babies are what I do best :) My prayers are with you daily and I just want to say that you and Ryan amaze me everyday and I could only hope that if something like this happened to me I would be as amazing and faithful as you are. Joel is so lucky to have parents like you. Truly wonderful!

  8. Monica Yates on February 22, 2010 12:36 am

    Our Mom’s group is doing a freezer meals swap on Tuesday and would like to donate some meals to your family. Sarah Westdorp will be bring them by for you. Do you guys have any allergies?

  9. Kristin on February 23, 2010 2:43 pm

    Hi Amy, I just saw your neew message! I have an estra carrier and base if you need it! I am in Loveland. I think you actually graduated with my sister. Let me know if you want it. My son is just a few months older than Joel , so we are officially done with it. Its all yours for how ever long you need it!

  10. Jess Baller on March 2, 2010 9:44 pm

    Sounds like you need to put “air mattress” on your needs page! :) I am praying for you both as your take care of your kids in the hardest places this week! Thanks for putting specific needs up there for you guys, too. Of course we’ll keep praying for Joel…

  11. Cora Hall on March 4, 2010 10:39 am

    I know we do not know one another but I heard about you all through our church! You all have been in our prayers and I hope that we can bless you all when in are in need of something soon! What an amazing family you all are and the strength that you have is astounding! Keep your faith and trust in the Lord and he will see you all through this difficult season in life!

  12. Kristin on March 8, 2010 9:11 am

    Hi Amy and Ryan, I have been working my tush off trying to find you a freezer! Once you have one, you won’t want to get rid of it! I wanted to check with you and see if it was ok if I passed your request on to my church (Lifespring Covenant) andmy group MOPS at crossroads! I really don’t want you to have to purchase one! Let me know!!! Such a happy moment to hear that joel was drinking from your glass!!! Put tears in my eyes !

  13. BILLIE Leon on April 7, 2010 4:02 pm

    It was nice to hear that joel was on his way home and he is doing a little better and are church is praying for your son and your family . I no it hard and
    God Bless you all.

  14. DONNA CANCASSI on April 11, 2010 10:02 pm

    “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in My name, there am I with them” ~ Matthew 18:19-21

  15. Donna Cancassi on January 12, 2011 7:29 pm

    Matthew 7:8 – For everyone who keeps on asking receives: and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.

  16. jeannie on October 20, 2011 10:22 pm

    Can we bring you a meal anytime?

  17. Kathy Schwader on March 10, 2012 1:03 pm

    Dear Ryan & Amy -
    Not sure if you remember me, but I saw Damien (Schwader) this afternoon and he told me of the challenges your family has been faced with. First I would like to say what a beautiful family you have! oh my goodness – such beautiful kids. I was unable to email via this website, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. It is obvious and so wonderful to see the faith you have. Ryan – love your Daddy Art. I sat here and cried looking at those. It is amazing how powerful it is when it comes from the heart.

    Please feel free to email me – and I will check back here as well.

    Luv ya,

  18. Juli on May 28, 2013 12:06 pm

    I would like to send you some restaurant gift cards. Do you have an address i can send to? I live in Michigan.

  19. adam tuchinsky on July 19, 2013 1:37 am

    i watched the video, i only wish i could one day become the parents you two are, and my prayers are with you, everyday.

  20. Lindsay Pfankuch on November 23, 2013 11:04 pm

    Hi friends. I just saw your story on Soul Pancake and I was absolutely in tears the whole time. Your family is amazing and your faith is beautiful!! I recognized the street you were driving on in Loveland and Lee Martinez Farm. I wanted to let you know I live right near there and I wanted to get in touch with you all if there is any way I can help your family! I will continue praying for Joel and strength for you as parents. God Bless you all!

  21. Kaylie on November 24, 2013 5:13 pm

    You will get through this.

    No matter the outcome, you will pull through this.

    Your faith in our Heavenly Father is so amazing to me.

    May you find the strength you need to carry on.


    -Kaylie E.

  22. Ryan on December 3, 2013 9:50 pm

    There is a medication that a man named Rick simpson came up with called pheonix tears. long story short he gave this away for free(using his retirement savings)but he was chased out of canada because the medication has Marajuana in it. He did however put the recipe for what he says is the cure online(pheonix tears). I dont know what your state(or provinces laws are like) but if you can make or get this it might help I cant promise it will work, but I can say my step mom has seen some success. Normaly myself I would be leary of anything called a cure BUT why would he put the recipe online for free if he didnt feel it had some merit). P.s. There is also a video documentary about a little girl named Brave mikayla that takes this and is still alive. You guys will also be in my prayers.

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