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This fundraiser ended on 08/06/12

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The Dilger, Guarantano and Ford families are uniting to raise money to help pay for Ryan Dilger's medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Ryan William Dilger was born on March 12, 2011, 3 months premature, weighing 1 lb. 11oz. and was 12 inches long. For those paying attention, that's about the size of a foot long hot dog!! He's taken many steps forward, and some back, but has a tremendous spirit. After 7 surgeries and 205 days in Brenner's NICU , Ryan was finally able to sleep in his big, comfortable crib at home! Ryan just celebrated his 1st birthday - truly a miracle after all the little guy has gone through!

Ryan has since been diagnosed with Cerebal Palsy, Short Gut Syndrome and Cortical Visual Impairment. This requires many, many hospital visits along with the help of a variety of specialists and therapists. He loves his swimming and physical therapies, and is such a big boy when it comes to the poking and prodding by his doctors (parents and Granparents too). He even tolerates his G-tube fairly well, but as is so often the case, his insurance only covers so much.

Since Ryan's case is so unique - many children have only one of these ailments, while Ryan has 3 - his doctors and parents are constantly researching available treatments and therapies that will afford Ryan the best quality of life possible. With all of our help, we can help Ryan and his family offset some of these extraordinary medical costs!

He means the world to his parents Brad and Malissa Dilger, as well as to his extended Dilger, Guarantano and Ford families and friends! The little guy is truly amazing!!
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