BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

BREAKING NEWS: Shootings near TSU

  • 01/26/15 01:41:21 PM

    UPDATE: One killed at shooting near TSU campus. Possible subject in custody, also w/ gunshot wound.  click here for more

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ST. JUDE SPOTLIGHT: Ky. Boy Born a Fighter, 16 Weeks Prematurely -- Stacy Case

St. Jude Patient Profile: Ryan

Stacy Case

   One pound four ounces.  His dad's hand as big as him.  For Ryan, life was a fight from the beginning.  Dad Mike Auten explains how his life started out with real serious challenges and he had to be a fighter from the beginning.
    For seven years, Ryan enjoyed what all little boys do and especially hunting and fishing with his dad Mike Auten,  a professional angler.   Anything outdoors.. Ryan is there! They had just been dove hunting when his dad noticed his skin color was off.
    Ryan had also started showing other symptoms.  That's when the doctor delivered the news.  Ryan had leukemia. ALL.. acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  
    Dad Mike Auten explains, "They ran a blood test and they didnt really say anything other than we think you should go to St. Jude."
   This is where Ryan's been on and off since last September.  Now, dad and son spend more time indoors.  Dad says, "He gets frustrated when he goes out to play with the other kids and he can't keep up with them because his body is fighting this disease."

   He's finished his third phase of a two and a half year protocol. It's a protocol that was pioneered here at St. Jude.  A treatment plan that has pushed the survival rate for Ryan's type of cancer from 4 % when the hospital first opened in 1962,  all the way up to  94% today.

   Ever the optimist... Ryan's ready to bump it up a notch.  He's going for 100%.

   And you can help make that happen by getting your St.Jude Dream Home ticket.  The money goes to research and treatment for sick children.  Get your ticket right here: