Tonight we ask your prayers for Brad and Jen Loos' daughter Rhyan who has been diagnosed with bone cancer. Tigers and Mules help her fight!
— Kim Anderson (@CoachAndersonMU) October 10, 2015
Tiger and Mule fans keep those prayers coming for Rhyan and the Loos family. #RallyForRhyan
— Kim Anderson (@CoachAndersonMU) October 11, 2015
Continue to pray for Rhyan as doctors finalize treatment plans. Hoping tomorrow brings answers. #RallyForRhyan
— Kim Anderson (@CoachAndersonMU) October 15, 2015
If u have a second tonight repost this #RallyForRhyan ! Prayers...
— David Nail (@davidnail) October 16, 2015
Rhyan underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove part of a tumor for further testing. Anderson said the Loos family is waiting to learn more from doctors about Rhyan’s cancer and treatment options. Rhyan’s family has started a Facebook page to provide updates on her condition.
High school and college basketball teams from around the country have shown their support on social media, posting messages and photos featuring the tagline "Rally for Rhyan." Even a Jayhawk expressed sympathy. Former Kansas guard Jeff Boschee, now the head coach at Missouri Southern, posted a photo of his team holding a "Rally for Rhyan" banner.
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis tweeted a message of support for Rhyan before catching Clayton Kershaw in Tuesday’s National League division series game against the Mets. The Cape Girardeau, Mo., native attended Austin Peay University the same time as Loos.
"The doctors continue to seek to find out the exact type of cancer that Rhyan has, and that way they’ll be able to administer, treat with the proper form of chemotherapy," Anderson said. "We all continue to pray and hope for the best. Rhyan’s 5 years old. A week ago, she was playing in the cul-de-sac with her friends, and today she’s fighting cancer, so we certainly support the family and are trying to do everything we can to help. Probably the main thing we all can do is just pray and support the best we can."
Loos did make an appearance at practice on Thursday with his son, Brady. But Anderson said he’s told him to take time away to be with his family.
"We have received permission from the NCAA to move Steve Shields into Brad’s position on a temporary basis, so I have told Brad — and he and I have talked — the most important thing for him is to take care of his family," Anderson said. "When he feels ready, if he wants to come back and coach tomorrow, that’s fine. If he wants to wait a month, that’s fine. Whatever he needs, and whatever his family needs is the most important thing."
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