Ryan Lamantia

Walter Wetzel credits Ryan Lamantia, pictured, with his inspiration to survive through Leukemia treatment. Lamantia, who died at age of 6 from brain <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000010" title="Cancer" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/cancer-HEDAI0000010.topic">cancer</a> in 2005, met Wetzel while the two were undergoing treatment eight years ago.
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( Tribune photo by Keri Wiginton )

Walter Wetzel credits Ryan Lamantia, pictured, with his inspiration to survive through Leukemia treatment. Lamantia, who died at age of 6 from brain cancer in 2005, met Wetzel while the two were undergoing treatment eight years ago.

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