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April 17, 2014

Ride for Rylan slated

MT. VERNON — A Ride for Rylan benefit has been scheduled for a Field Grade School fourth-grader who has a cancerous tumor.

Rylan Ashby, the son of Jon and Jessica Ashby, ran a fever for about 1 1/2 weeks. Following blood work and further testing, officials at Cardinal-Glennon Hospital in St. Louis discovered the tumor on Rylan’s stomach, according to his mother.

“We’ve gone through two cycles of chemotherapy and we’re going for a third cycle next week,” said Jessica Ashby. She added the prognosis for

recovery is good.

“Everything sounds promising to us, but it’s your child so you hope for the best,” she said. Physicians have been unable to explain the illness.

“They tell us he could’ve been born with it. It’s common in children 12- to 18-months old. It just now showed itself. There is no explanation why now,” Ashby said.

The Ride for Rylan benefit will be held on Saturday, May 10, starting at noon at Dale’s Harley-Davidson. The run will include four stops, ending around 4 p.m. at The Zone in Whittington.

“I was wearing my Rylan T-shirt at work, which has the big ‘S’ on the front for Superman and ‘Fighting for Rylan’ on the back. We had scheduled a run with the Leathernecks for that weekend, and they do a lot of benefits. We held a meeting here (at Dale’s) on Saturday and decided to do a run for him and keep it in the community,” said Dale’s employee Tona Lomax. Donations may be given to Lomax or Travis Trotter at People’s Choice Cash and Pawn.

“We’re overwhelmed with everything. Everyone has been so nice,” said Jessica Ashby.

Her son, who turns 10 on May 24, has been keeping up with school work by being home-schooled by his grandfather, John Ashby, a former school superintendent.

“He should be done with all of the treatments and be able to go back to school in January,” Jessica Ashby said. “We’re just trying to make it as normal as we can for him.”

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