Just a few months after Ricky passed away Richard's Warriors foundation was created by his mom Kimberly. Along with his step-dad, dad, siblings and countless family members and friends our wish is to keep Ricky's name, heart, and spirit alive by bringing a smile to the face of other teens and young adults in a way that Ricky always could.
My son Richard Coste was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was just 12 years old. After 3 years of severe chemotherapy and multiple hospital stays he was finally in remission. In early 2019 he started feeling ill, he saw several doctors and was told he had an autoimmune disease. On June 6th he had his survivors appointment at Levine children's hospital having reached the mile stone of 5 years cancer free. At that time he had no signs of cancer. Then out of no where he started to loose weight drastically. At that point we were told to see his oncologist again. After being told at his "survivor" appointment that he was cancer free with in 3 weeks he lost 30 pounds and we were told that the cancer had come back with a vengeance. On July 26th our family's world would be changed forever. We were immediately admitted back into the hospital. Ricky went through a month of chemotherapy while in the hospital. He was sent home for a short time before having to be readmitted to have another port put in his chest so that he could have a form of chemo that required him to wear a back pack 24/7 attached to his port. He was able to be home for a little bit while they ran more tests to see if the leukemia was gone. During that time he lived his life to the fullest. He spent time with his closest friends and took a trip back home to visit his family in Boston. Ricky was a free spirit and a complete lover of life. He was not going to go down without a fight ! After his return from Boston we were told that he still had slight trace of leukemia in his blood. At that point we were told that he would need a bone marrow transplant. His big sister was a 100% match to be his donor. On November 1st he underwent a bone marrow transplant. Even though the transplant was a 100 % success and one of the quickest according to his doctors his body suffered multiple effects of the total body irradiation. After one side effect, virus, infection after the other Ricky continued to fight, never complaining, always keeping his unique sense of humor about him. Suddenly, on February 21st he went into a catatonic state that we had no resolve for. He then after 3 weeks in ICU, he lost his courageous fight . Our beautiful young man spent 6 months in the hospital fighting the evil effects of cancer. Our family has witnesses first hand not only once, but twice, what cancer can do to not only the child, but the entire family. My mission is to keep my sons memory alive by providing other teens and young adults with care and support that they would enjoy during their stays in the hospital.
Having spent 6 months in the hospital I became very aware of what certain things that we enjoy in our day to day life in our homes. Having 5 children of all ages I know that they all enjoy different things. Richard, being in a children's hospital was typically giving care packages that were geared towards just that...a child. Our purpose is to create personalized care packages that are both gender and age specific.
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