Beating the odds The Rally for Rylan

Rylan Greene wants to be a police officer when he grows up and his favorite thing to do is to play outside and race his brothers from one end of the yard to the other. He is the youngest of Torrance and Amanda Greene’s sons, and is still very much the baby of the family.

This year, Rylan walked down the hallways of Wills Point Primary School to his first-grade classroom, to officially begin his first day of school Aug. 28.

Last year on the day he was to start kindergarten, Rylan was walking down a different hallway, the sixth-floor hallway of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

Facing the Odds

In October 2015, the dimpled, curly-haired Rylan began complaining of a backache and ran fevers as he celebrated his 5th birthday Oct. 1. He often came to the newspaper offices with his mother, Amanda, who is a layout designer. He hid under her desk, often too tired to do more than watch videos. After numerous doctor visits, they had an answer for what was plaguing their little boy.

Rylan was diagnosed with cancer, specifically, neuroblastoma in Stage 4, and began treatment Dec. 28, 2015.

Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops in nerve tissue outside of the central nervous system. It usually begins in the adrenal gland on top of the kidneys, but it can be found anywhere along the spine. Despite the name, neuroblastoma is not a brain tumor. It is the most common extracranial solid tumor that affects children.

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