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The Ryan Waldheger Research Memorial Foundation: Supporting Ryan's dream of improving cancer care for adolescents and young adults through research that bridges the gap between pediatric and adult cancer care programs.

There’s a part of Ryan in all of us, reminding us to do what we can, and always believe.

With your donation you support Ryan's dream of improving cancer care for adolescents and young adults through research that bridges the gap between pediatric and adult cancer care programs.
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Welcome to the
Ryan Waldheger Research Memorial Foundation, established by his family in 2007. The Foundation was born out of the hope of a courageous 28 year old who had battled Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) for eleven years, coming back time after time through four recurrences of leukemia, as he physically and mentally prepared for his 4th stem cell transplant.

Ryan, our husband, brother, son, and friend - is the brains and the inspiration behind RWRM and we are honored to carry his project forward to benefit other young adult cancer patients and their families. He wrote that he hoped we would come together in this cause regardless of the outcome of his transplant. This insight from Ryan, that we would all want something positive to which we could re-direct our focus in the months and years ahead, is why the Ryan Waldheger Research Memorial Foundation came to be.
My hope remains intact for me, and for others. Every life must breach the boundries of sheer ease. There's a project among projects ahead of you. That's not irregular. That's normal. Do what you can. And always, believe.
Ryan James Waldheger, 2007
November 6-8, 2013
  • RWRM will attend the Critical Mass Annual Conference at the Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland. Presentations will include Health Care Reform as it affects young adults with cancer as well as Models of Care and Partnerships.

October 11, 2013
  • Led by Jeff Suchy of Columbus, Ohio, Team Waldheger participated in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual fundraising walk in Cleveland. Through Jeff's leadership, $3,425 was raised by Team Waldheger.

April 8, 2013
  • Cancer in adolescents and young adults symposium, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.
April 1-7, 2013

March 27, 2013
  • Broadway Charity Songs. RWRM was honored to be included with 11 other amazing charities in this special evening at Le Poisson Rouge.

February 4, 2013
  • RWRM participated in University Hospitals (Cleveland, Ohio) Adolescent and Young Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council Meeting.

November 7-9, 2012
  • RWRM attended Critical Mass 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At the conference, professionals working in advocacy organizations and medical groups discussed the most current and relevant issues for young adults with cancer.

November 3, 2012
  • RWRM hosted a successful fundraiser at Around The Corner, Lakewood, Ohio.

October 2012

  • RWRM launched new Facebook page. Check it out here!

April 2013
  • Emily Adams Woman of the Year Fundraiser to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, World of Beer, 14701 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood OH 4-6pm.

  • If you would like to donate your talents and energy to help with our next RWRM fundraiser, please email us at Thank You!

  • Private, public, and political initiatives in cancer research, clinical trials, and protocols specifically aimed at the treatment of young adults with cancer.
  • The redesign of existing in-patient and out-patient treatment environments to better meet the physical, psychological, and social needs of young adult cancer patients.
  • The collaboration among adult and pediatric units, and other care givers, to implement separate young adult cancer units.
  • Education and support of young adults, and their families who are fighting cancer together.



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Carter Camper, professional hockey player, has chosen to be affiliated with the Ryan Waldheger Research Memorial Foundation and to use his professional hockey skills to raise money for young adult cancer research and awareness. Follow Carter on Twitter (@carter_camper) and get involved at: The 25 year-old center finished the 2012-13 Providence Bruins season with 47 points and raised $2,865! Carter continues his amazing commitment with the 2013-2014 professional hockey season!
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