The family and friends of the Schuhmachers are uniting to raise money to help with Ryan's battle against cancer

I don't usually post things like this, but the staff at Diabetes Hands Foundation decided we would really like to help this family by getting the word out as far and wide as we can. Here's the story...

Ryan and Meri Schuhmacher have been married for 19 years. They have four sons, ranging in age from 8 - 16 years of age, three of whom have Type 1 Diabetes.

On February 26, 2012, 40-year-old Ryan was taken to the emergency room for an evaluation of numbness and heaviness in his right leg. A CT scan showed 6 brain tumors. Further testing revealed additional tumors in his lungs and abdomen.

The road ahead will be long and rocky. It will be filled with radiation and new drugs that have only recently been approved by the FDA. It will be filled with exhausting emotions, moments of fear, and endless questions.

But it will also be filled with hope, a determined spirit, and faith beyond measure.

Please join the Schuhmachers in praying for a miracle, and please join us in raising funds for this very special family. Donations can be made securely online, and will be used to meet the variety of needs that are anticipated as this journey unfolds.

Donations of any amount will truly help the Schuhmachers.

You can also follow Meri and Ryan's story, and write to them, on Meri's blog, Our Diabetic Life.

What heartache:( I'll contribute to Ryan's fund & will join the others Sunday in sending all positive, healing thoughts.