Eagle's Treasures In Heaven strives to provide support to every child and young adult battling cancer in the greater El Paso, TX area. We provide goods and services to help them cope, to give them hope and joy, and to strengthen them during their battle. We also strive to bring awareness to childhood cancer. This organization was born out of profound loss. We know what it is to live and die with pediatric cancer.
Why Support Us?
- Volunteer Based: We are 100% volunteer based and unlike big organizations, we have very little in overhead costs. With our structure, we are able to direct a much larger percentage of our donations to helping our warriors and their families.
- No Overhead: Unlike big organizations, we don't have big overhead costs and other expenses, therefore we are able to help more children and families.
- No-Cost Provider: We do not ask for any funds from the families we serve. We receive our funding through grants and donations from businesses, foundations, and individuals in our community.
- Local: Your donation directly helps children and young adults here in El Paso.
- Knowledgeable and Experienced: Unfortunately, we have been personally impacted by childhood cancer. The positive side of this is that our firsthand experience with this disease gives us greater insights into the needs of the children, teenagers, and families that are battling childhood cancer.
About Our Organization
Eagles Treasures In Heaven was founded in 2019. This organization was born out of profound loss. We know what it is to live and die with pediatric cancer. After our 15 year old son Ryan fought courageously T-Cell ALL leukemia for 2 years and was not able to survive because he was misdiagnosed 3 times. By the time he was diagnosed with leukemia it was too late. We decided to form this organization to bring awareness of Childhood cancer and to help children and teenagers like Ryan.
Ryan was treated in El Paso for one year, then we had to move to Houston for a bone marrow transplant. In Houston, Ryan was treated at MD Anderson, then moved to Texas Children's Hospital. There were many organizations that supported us financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Ryan was showered with gifts and love by all these different organizations. One organization gave us a place to stay for a month until we figured out where to stay. Another used to give him a list while in the hospital to write down what he wanted them to get for him up to 30 dollars every week. Others would decorate his room, bring him gift baskets, balloons, sing for him, read to him, etc.. Ryan Loved It.
We are trying to give back to children and teenagers battling cancer from El Paso and surrounding areas. Based on our experience, we believe that the El Paso community is underserved, therefore we want to make a difference.
Did you know childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the United States and the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 4 and 14? We are determined to change those statistics by raising awareness, and providing educational resources to schools and doctors, and by providing programs to support children and teenagers battling cancer, survivors, and their families.
It all started one day after Ryan's 13 birthday party, Ryan showed us some red spots on his legs. When we checked his body, we found these red spots were also on his back. Unknown to us, it was petechiae (spots that form on the skin when a person has a low platelet count). The next day, Sunday, he was feeling fine but later in the evening, Ryan had started to complain of chest pain. He was a very strong boy that never complained without reason, so we took him seriously. He continued to complain, and actually started to cry from the pain. That’s when we knew that this was something out of the ordinary. We made the decision to take him to the ER to have him checked out.
They took him into the ER and after a battery of tests, thought that he might have meningitis, due to the high WBC count. After many hours of waiting, the doctor came over to tell us that our “son is very sick, it appears that he has leukemia”. Our hearts stopped mid-sentence. We could not believe that Ryan had cancer. How could he have cancer? He was never sick.
We knew nothing about leukemia or the treatment or how to take care of our baby. After speaking with the doctor, we learned that Ryan had T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a mediastinal mass. That mass was the cause of his chest pain that led us to the ER and unfortunately, the diagnosis occurred very late in the progression of his cancer. After an assessment of his blood and of his bone marrow, it turned out that his white blood cell count was 210 (normal is below 15) and his marrow had 88% leukemic cells.
For the next 2 years, Ryan underwent brutal treatments of chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and countless lumbar punctures and blood and platelet transfusions. Ryan, our 15 year old son didn't survive because he was misdiagnosed 3 times and by the time he was diagnosed with leukemia, it was too late.
Six months prior to Ryan’s diagnosis, he was very tired when he was typically very active. He also lost a lot of weight, rapidly, but this was attributed to a growth spurt as he was an adolescent and getting taller. He started having some stomach issues, so we took him to his pediatrician and a gastroenterologist. Although the rapid weight loss should have been a red flag, neither doctor was alarmed nor pursued it further. A few months later, in the winter, Ryan caught a cold that he could not get rid of. Again, we took him to the pediatrician and were told that it was most likely a virus and that we had to let it run its course. Then, he had a persistent cough and once again we took him to the pediatrician. The doctor wasn’t too concerned and said that since Ryan had asthma that the cough may persist for a bit longer.
All of these visits to the doctor’s office and not a single one of these doctors performed a simple blood test. A simple test would have shown Ryan’s white blood cell count to be above normal, which would have led to further investigation and, ultimately, diagnosis. An early diagnosis would likely have saved his life.
We are committed to bring more awareness to childhood cancer, especially leukemia which is the most common form of cancer among children and teenagers. We want to educate schools, parents and doctor's offices about the common symptoms of leukemia, so that no other family We will do this out of our love for Ryan and no other family has to bear what our hearts are feeling right now. We will do this out of our love for Ryan and to honor his memory by helping other kids like Ryan.
Throughout the most difficult of times, Ryan showed his true strength and courage, determination and faith...he was amazing! Ryan was always obedient, humble, kind and a selfless person with a great sense of humor and wisdom beyond his years...we are so proud of Ryan!
Ryan loved dinosaurs, playing with his friends, ride ATV's and take vacations to the beach. Ryan loved to travel and was able to see and appreciate a great many things. Always full of life and ready to enjoy! His favorite food was sushi, although he had a lot of favorite foods. He loved all animals, especially his cat Chu-Chu. His teachers were amazed by his intellect and his advanced knowledge. He was artistic and creative and would love to draw up new inventions and create new "masterpieces" of art. What he loved doing most was spending time with his best friend, his only big brother Brandon...they were inseparable.
This precious boy brought so much love, laughter and light into all of our lives. He was the heart and soul of our family and he will always be loved and missed. His faith was very strong and now he can rest secure in God's hands.