We still can’t believe Dylan Rieder passed away at the young age of 28. But what makes his death even more heartbreaking is that fact that we’ve EXCLUSIVELY learned he responded well to leukemia treatment for two years before his death. His passing was totally unexpected.
“[Dylan Rieder] had battled leukemia for two years and his body had actually responded well to sister cell treatment that he had received at the City of Hope Hospital for acute lymphocytic leukemia from the amazing medical staff there. He had been through a lot over the past couple of years, fighting the disease and finally passed away peacefully on Wednesday. The family would like Dylan’s fans to know that we appreciate all the messages of support that we have received during this difficult time. Dylan will be greatly missed by so many, but he was also a great inspiration too,” a family member tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
For those who may not know, Dr. Bruce Lee, M.D explained to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that “sister cell” treatment means that “stem cells from siblings may be transplanted into the affected individual which can then help to produce healthy blood cells.” This is obviously the route Dylan took while fighting the disease.
Sadly, Dylan, who was a pro skateboarder, lost his battle with cancer due to a complication on Oct. 12, when his organs, mainly his liver, shut down. He was surrounded by his parents and 50 family members at the time of his death.
Dylan’s family asks that those who want to honor his memory, make a donation to the cancer-fighting organization City of Hope:
City of Hope
1500 E Duerte Rd.
Duerte, CA 91010
Our thoughts continue to go out to Dylan’s family and friends during this difficult time. This is so heartbreaking.