Mizzou basketball family ‘shattered into a billion pieces’ by cancer

Rhyan Loos

Rhyan Loos

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A highlight of an otherwise forgettable University of Missouri Men’s basketball season that ended last spring was the February home game that raised awareness and money to fight childhood cancer in the name of Rhyan Loos, the 6 year-old  girl who has been fighting Stage 4 bone cancer.

Rhyan’s father Brad is a Missouri assistant. The hashtag #RallyforRhyan became as prevalent as #Mizzou.

On Thanksgiving Day, the family shared that her fight had taken a serious turn which left their “hearts shattered into a billion pieces,” according to a Facebook page set up to update her progress.  The family learned that doctors Thursday found a brain tumor in the front of her head. She’s in intensive care due to the tumor’s location and will have surgery after doctors look for further tumors Friday.

“We are hurting, scared, anxious, sad, mad…every emotion you can think of,” the post continued, “but we still have our faith and trust in God. We’ve put it in his hands from day 1 and it’s still there.”

The #RallyforRhyan game last February raised more than $50,000 for pediatric cancer. Fans got in free with a donation to the cause. The family said it donated $100,000 to Sloan Kettering for neuroblastoma research over this past summer.

To read more about Rhyan Loos’ fight, you can also visit the family’s CaringBridge journal.