Brendan, Irving, Julian, and Sophia
The Ride Janie Ride Foundation would like to introduce to you our 2022 recipients. It is our honor to have them as part of the Ride Janie Ride family. Continue scrolling to read each of their biographies. Ride Janie Ride would like to thank all of those who nominated individuals. We will not forget any of the nominees and hope that they may be part of Ride Janie Ride in the future.
Irving is a strong, wonderful young man who we are proud to call our son. He has been very incredible and helpful in our family throughout difficult times. He is a creative, fun, kind and energetic person to be around with. He was living the best moments of his life the first half of last year and it’s also the second half of that last year is when everything changed for him.
A few weeks after celebrating his 27th birthday in August, he started to have back spasms and night sweats. He has never had any severe issues in the past like this and thought it was just temporary back pain. A week went by and when we saw that he was still having those spams we knew something was wrong. We did see the doctor who couldn’t find anything wrong with him and prescribed some Tramadol for the spasms. Over time his condition just kept getting worse. The spasms turned into back pain, severe night sweats, excessive weight loss and loss of appetite. On September 19th, 2021 the back pain got to the point that it became unbearable we went to the E.R with him at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove IL . They ran all sorts of tests and scans on him where all the problems and symptoms pieced themselves and lead to the horrific outcome. The back pain is due to a bone fracture in the lumber spine, due to a tumor mass in his abdomen and pelvic area and squeezing the life out of him. We can’t even imagine the pain & physical hardship he has gone though.
On October 1st 2021 Irving had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After looking at his health chart and getting A 2nd opinion from Cleveland Clinic, they have decided to put Irving in a chemotherapy treatment plan for 6 chemo cycles for 18 weeks (1 infusion every 3 weeks) at Good Sam’s Cancer Outpatient center which he has recently completed. In between the infusions the oncologist ordered a kyphoplasty for Irving because the mass managed to push its way into his lower vertebrae causing it to collapse. After seeing the oncologist on February 25th for a follow up visit after the last infusion & PET scan, the doctor informed him that he still has active lymphatic scar tissue in his abdominal area & after seeing the radiation oncologist they decided to go with radiation therapy. Irving is currently on a treatment plan to receive daily radiation for the next 3-4 weeks.
This unfortunate turn of events has really changed & impacted the way we live as a family physically, emotionally, financially & spiritually. We are proud of Irving and the way he has managed to approach and adjust towards his new lifestyle and recovery and we will be there every step of the way.
My son Julian has been my rock since his dad passed away when he was very young. He’s absolutely an amazing man inside and out which is hard to find these days. Julian has helped me out tremendously as being a single mom he takes a big role in his little sister's life. He’s the man of the house. Last year in August he was complaining about having back pain; a few weeks later he was still complaining to the point where I took him to the hospital they told us it was growing pain. They sent him home with muscle relaxers and we got him a back brace. Said to give him ibuprofen for discomfort. Weeks went by he was then crying for my help so I took him back again and they did more tests found nothing and sent us home. His twin sister's birthday was November 13th as he was in so much pain I asked him if we can go first thing tomorrow if you think he can get through today for your sisters. He did... I knew something was wrong as he was losing weight quickly everything was worse... it wasn’t the same Julian…the boy who always wanted to hang out with his friends the boy who played football.
On November 14th I took him to a different hospital feeling like John Q not leaving this hospital until I get answers on why my child is in so much pain!
I’ll never forget when they said to me your son has cancer!!! I was in complete shock! The worst news possible a mother could hear. They then sent us straight to Lurie’s children’s Hospital in Chicago. He was diagnosed with a testicular cancer rare germ cell which we then found out it spread to his liver, lungs, limonoids, and brain! We spent 5 days there, 3 of them Julian had no idea why he was even there until he saw what floor he was on! I remember walking around with him in the wheelchair talking to him about how proud I am of him and who he has become right there he looked up at me and said mom you know why I am the way I am it because you raised me right! My heart was happy and my eyes were full.
My kids are my life.