Tierrasanta couple faces cancer twice

Fundraiser to be held Saturday for Ryan Mulvany

SAN DIEGO - It's a one-two punch for a young Tierrasanta couple who recently got married.

Ryan Mulvany met his future wife in downtown San Diego on New Year's Eve in 2010.

"I've never met anyone like her before," he said.

A couple of years later, they got married.

But they faced challenges from the very beginning.

Mandy Mulvany, a teacher, was dealing with cervical cancer during their dating years. With that and a diagnosis of endometriosis, she was told she would never have kids.

But then Kendall, their "miracle baby," was born.

"She was perfectly healthy. It was great," said Mandy, now 25 years old.

The Mulvanys' joy was interrupted when Ryan went to the doctor a few months ago, several weeks after Kendall's birth.

"I started to feel a little bit of tightness in chest, shortness of breath," the 26-year-old said.

At first, his doctor thought it was just a virus, but a few days later, tests showed he had a softball-sized tumor.

Doctors diagnosed him with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer seen more in children.

Never did they think they would go through something like this -- again.

"Of course you think cancer, the first thing you think of is death. It's really hard. I mean, I just got married and we just had a baby," Mandy said, holding back tears.

They have insurance, but the kindness of friends and strangers is helping them deal with bills in the tens of thousands.

"I don't want to ask for money or charity, but when people are going out of their way and you tell them, 'No, it's OK,' and they [say] 'No, I'm going to do it anyway,' it's pretty overwhelming," Ryan said.

"We've been unconditionally loved and supported throughout this," his wife added.

They take the journey day by day.

"One day he feels great enough to sit up here like he is right now ... other days he can't even get out of bed," Mandy said.

But the generosity of others has reaffirmed Ryan's belief in others.

"If you have any doubt in humanity, it kind of restores your faith," Ryan said, saying there are many "good people out there."

A charity exercise boot camp will be held Saturday morning for the family. All of the proceeds will go toward Ryan's recovery.

To learn more about Saturday's event, click here: http://bit.ly/17DdaYa

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