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16-year-old battles cancer after life of surgeries

Ryan Scott says his faith has kept him strong. Source: WBRC video Ryan Scott says his faith has kept him strong. Source: WBRC video
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Imagine if your child needed a heart transplant at just two weeks old.

And after that, a kidney transplant and a removing part of their lung.

This has been the battle faced by 16-year-old Ryan Scott of Thorsby. And now, Scott is fighting cancer.

"We just take it one day at a time and it's a blessing, " said Scott's mom, Angie.

The walls of Children's of Alabama have been Scott's home for close to four weeks.

In a twist of fate, the teen has PTLD, a form of Lymphoma that transplant patients can develop.

"It's hard but we just think of it as another trial that we go through," said Angie Scott.

Angie Scott said her son did well after his heart transplant surgery.

"He did well for several years until 2007 and then he had a lot of lung issues and he had to have part of his lung removed," said Angie.

Five years later, Scott had a kidney transplant after medicines he was taking damaged one of his kidneys.

Scott received a new kidney from his own father. But the triumph didn't last.

"In March of this year he started getting sick. Didn't know why. We went through all types of testing and everything," said Angie Scott.

In May Ryan was diagnosed with cancer.

"Just seemed a bit scary," said Ryan.

Ryan is calm when you first meet him and doesn't dwell on his health. The family is waiting to learn more about the fight ahead when it comes to treatment.

During this uncertain time Scott's strength and faith are immense.

"Trust in God and stay strong," said Ryan.

But hospital visits come with their expenses. So a family friend is holding a motorcycle ride on September 27 to help raise money for Scott.

The ride will take place at the Harley Davidson Heart of Dixie in Pelham. Registration runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The escorted ride will end at Courtyard Oyster Bar in Alabaster.

After the ride attendees can enjoy food, games and prizes.

The cost for the ride are as follows:

Riders $20

Passengers $10

Extra hands $10 each

Non-riders/no poker hands $5

 

A GoFundMe account has also been set up for Ryan at http://www.gofundme.com/bjtu6g.

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