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    The Need

    Brian Rybarczyk is a 14 year old who has a rare syndrome that guarantees his body will never stop producing tumors. His cancer is incurable, and his future will inevitably be filled with scans finding more malignant growths, and risky surgeries to remove them.

    Two years ago Brian noticed a lump in his neck, and tests revealed it to be cancerous. Brian had a complicated carotid artery bypass surgery at ECMC last August and was expected to make a full recovery. However, genetic testing revealed the diagnosis of Hereditary Paraganglioma-Pheochromocytoma Syndrome, the dreaded disease that had taken his father’s life before Brian had even been born.

    Yet, he smiles. He is full of courage and faith. He is a great friend, brother, and son. He loves sushi, music, the Bills, working with animals, and he’d rather play video games than do his math.

    Brian will fight this for the rest of his life. A scan at the end of January revealed two new tumors in his abdomen – one on his liver and the other nestled in a dangerous spot where the vena cava, aorta, and portal vein meet. Both tumors were successfully removed in March at Roswell with a high risk team standing by.

    So, we celebrate that he is tumor-free for now, and we hold our breaths for his next scan.

    The Artist

    Garret Wolowski has always had a traditional, passionate, humorous, and creative personality.

    Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, his artistic path began at a young age. Using crayons and colored pencils to recreate sports logos and cartoon characters, he would eventually continue learning and developing his artistic style until he earned a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from Villa Maria College.

    Garret Wolowski considers his style to be simplistic and traditional. He also currently has other original designs for sale at Garretw.threadless.com

    The Sponsor

    The West Herr Auto Group is the largest automotive vehicle retailer in New York. West Herr has 23 dealerships, 4 collision centers, and proudly employs over 2,000 Western New Yorkers.