First I would like to introduce myself as well as thank you for the consideration of your organization to assist my family in our time of need. My name Is Maggie Ransdell and I am a wife and mother of three. My husband and I are both East County natives raised in Alpine. Our three kids were all Alpine raised until a recent move to the Rancho San Diego area. We are at 3525 Calavo Dr Spring Valley CA 91978. The oldest of the three, Sierra, is currently a freshman at Northern Arizona University where she plans on pursuing a degree and career as an elementary school teacher. Logan is our middle child, and at 13 years old is currently a student at Spring Valley Academy. Logan is active within the baseball community, as well as a football player. Our youngest is an 11 year old honor student, lacrosse player, football player, and now a cancer patient. Riley has always chosen youth football as his primary sport and passion. During the 2016 season he started to complain of a severe knee pain. As he is our “tough” kid we immediately took him into the doctor. We were told he was suffering from growing pains and was given a brace and various stretches. As the season continued the pain increased and we started to see extreme changes in his behavior as well. He began to act in more of a reclusive manner versus his usual outgoing nature. Riley also began to show emotional outbursts over events that would usual have little effect on him, such as his brother leaving socks on the floor. As parents we became increasingly concerned. We reached out to his school, his friends, his coaches. We began to think the pain he expressed may have been a phantom effect due to an emotional trauma, or vice versa. The doctors continued to tell us he was suffering simply from growing pains and suggested a psychologist. This just did not sit right in my gut feeling. On November 28 I took Riley to the emergency room. At this point Riley was not able to walk more than ten feet without collapsing in complete pain. His skin was completely flushed, and he was unable to hold a conversation or finish sentences. I was not going to leave until I had an explanation that made sense as to what the affliction was with my son. The emergency room doctors immediately started treating us with kid gloves but I assumed it was because his pain was so obvious. We were admitted and was told we would meet with a neurologist for the pain. We did not leave until December 22. Once admitted we were told the blood work in the emergency room showed abnormalities, and the chest xray revealed nodules in his lungs. The next few weeks were full of scans, various biopsies, lots of blood work, and patience. One of the first scans revealed a softball size tumor on his pelvis. The fingers of this tumor were intertwined with his spine pulling on the nerves. This was the cause of his constant and increasing pain. The tumor was very active and growing quickly; this explained the rapid pain increase. The PET scan revealed that the cancer had spread to his lungs as well as various spots on his back. After three weeks the pathology finally came back and revealed he was diagnosed with either stage four Ewings or Undifferentiated Sarcoma with Round Cells. Due to the high activity in the primary tumor the doctors wanted to start his chemo therapy immediately. His first cycle was December 16. The day we were finally discharged the final pathology returned making the official diagnosis not Ewings; but a more aggressive form of Ewings referred to as Undifferentiated Sarcoma. Riley has already gone threw 6 cycles of chemo therapy and six weeks of radiation. Three weeks ago my son lost all use of his left arm the day before the scheduled surgery to remove the large pelvic tumor. After much pushing on my end we discovered he had a stroke as a result of a metastatic tumor in his brain "bursting". It spread to his brain while under treatment and was unknown to us until that moment. He had an emergency surgery and the entire tumor was removed from the brain area, it was not "rooted" at all. Just days later the pelvic tumor was removed completely and was successfully detached from the lumbar as well. I independently found the pathology report and from my understanding the pelvis tumor was primarily necrotic. However, there are more lesions in the lungs and there has been growth while under treatment. A combination of the lung lesions and the spread to the brain under treatment has raised concerns with our physicians. Once we returned from his two big surgeries our current doctor team asked me to consider giving my son a "good rest of his life" vs continuing treatment. My husband, Riley, and I want to pursue treatment. At this point we are on schedule to remove of tumors in his lungs which will include the removal of his lower lobes. We are looking at then changing the chemo regiment to ICE. Before the pelvic surgery our local surgeon and I had a a sit down and he was extremely confident with the removal of the tumors in his lungs. But now he expressed reservations on moving forward with the procedure. This has lead me to my current frantic search for more of an expert on his rare diagnosis. We are looking to get on schedule to meet with a Sarcoma specialist at Children's LA within the next week. My husband and I are very hardworking and proud people, and to accept our reality has been a challenge. Grant has worked at General Dynamics for 15 years, and I worked as a an administrator on a remote basis until last week. My employer has decided to phase out my position. This will take our journey to a complete new challenge. I will be able to apply for unemployment, but this is much less then I need to provide into our income and is not in effect yet. There has been other organizations that have contributed to our household bills an for that we are thankful. But we will have a long road ahead of us yet. Riley has proven be a great warrior and my hero. My 11 year old son has shown courage, strength, and acceptance beyond his years. I will find myself in a frenzy of anxiety and emotion on a periodic basis and I stop in my tracks. If Riley can do it…why can’t I? Then I breathe and move on. With the inspiration of my child, the support of my husband and family, the love of my children, and the fellow community members such as yourselves I know we will have the support and love to get my son through this challenge. Riley Ransdell will beat this; and he will be on that football field and the lacrosse field shining as he always has. Thank you in advance, and god bless.