In July 2013 Ryan Handschin was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He began his journey with surgery and 4 cycles of chemotherapy at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. With second and third opinions from Mt. Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering in NY he was on the right path. Unfortunately, upon completion at Holy Name Hospital his cancer was not in remission. At this time with a recommendation from Sloan Kettering Ryan chose to undergo high dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant at Sloan Kettering to kill the cancer completely. After enduring a 4 month stay at Sloan his blood tumor markers were low enough to have surgery to remove the massive mass in his abdomen. The surgery was 13 ½ hours long with no major organs removed. It was a success! Unfortunately, in September 2016 two masses developed on his stomach and pancreas. With another surgery in NY to remove these non-malignant masses Ryan was still deemed cancer free. Today Ryan is working for Bergen County Parks and is an active fireman in Ridgefield and Fort Lee, NJ.