Ryan Dieringer, as a high school student, lettered in multiple sports and was a tremendously driven athlete. He also was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma.
Learning he had cancer and finding out those test results to him meant “I had a game plan. I knew how to attack it and like everything else in my life I wanted to win,” he said. “The entire journey makes me appreciate what really matters to me – family, friends and happiness. You can say anything you want about success but the little things in life are what really matter.”
Surviving cancer does not define Dieringer as a person. He’d rather be known as “Ryan the sports enthusiast, Ryan the student, rather than the cancer survivor.”
Dieringer now attends St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis., planning to major in business with a marketing emphasis. He participates in intramural basketball. Most important, he has had no evidence of disease since February 2016. He visits Marshfield Clinic Health System for checkups and his next set of scans will be done in spring 2019.
View Dieringer’s story of hope and love, support from his family and hundreds of families, being driven to win and ultimately being happy.
Story updated February 2019.
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Such a moving and powerful story!