In early May, Dylan Kane was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT), an extremely rare and aggressive cancer. Prior to a year and half ago, the 5-year survival rate of DRSCT was approximately 15% with less than 200 cases being reported worldwide, and about 85 percent of them in Caucasian people. The tumor is classified as a soft tissue sarcoma. It is considered a childhood cancer that predominantly strikes boys and young adults. Although the prognosis for DSRCT remains poor, research has allowed Dylan to take part in a "clinical trial" at Sloan Kettering in NYC where patients have went into remission. The aggressiveness of DSRCT does dictate it could show up again, research however continues to work on new treatments, with hopes of being able to maintain treatment and a healthy and longer life.
Dylan Kane is a 23 year old man who lives in Livingston, New Jersey. He has 6 siblings, which include five brothers (three of which are adopted) and one sister. Dylan and his brother Zachary both attend Kean University, and are pursuing a degree in Recreational Therapy. They also plan to attend grad school for Occupational Therapy.
Dylan was a participant in the wrestling and football programs throughout his childhood and young adult life. He began wrestling at a young age and all through high school which Dylan feels has taught him to face challenges in life head on. He is also a member of Hillsong church located in Montclair, New Jersey. Hillsong has proved to be his rock in life and has brought an abundance of faith into his life, as well as his family's.
Dylan believes and has stated “I know that odds don’t seem the best, this is not the end but the beginning of a testimony that will change lives. If this was a simple cure than God wouldn’t be as glorified as he will be when I’m cancer free. It’s like God moving a rock versus God moving a mountain. This mountain will move!" Dylan is a Son, a brother, an Uncle, a Best Friend, a coach and a mentor. Everyone lucky enough to come into contact with Dylan seems to be touched and moved by his faith and strength in a positive way. He is one of those rare people who inspires others to do better and be better. He is an inspiration to all and gives tribute to maintaining a positive attitude towards life. His family, although finding it very difficult to watch Dylan while he receives treatment, all seem to find shelter and serenity through simply standing beside Dylan and his faith. Dylan's faith has poured into all of us, and we appreciate that while he has this battle going on, we find peace for ourselves from within him.
Dylan plays a large part in the life of his 7 month old niece, Anita. Together they laugh and smile. They spend nearly everyday being around each other, whether it's hanging out at home or during his treatment at the hospital. Dylan is an essential male figure in Anita's life, as she does not have a father figure. As Dylan's sister Samantha likes to say, they are "two peas in a pod that have become, and will always be, inseparable."
Dylan is an amazing person and to know him, or be a part of his life, makes one feel grateful and lucky to be around someone who perseveres through whatever he has to face through this battle, as well as any other battles that come his way.