Stryder Nadaeu is four years old from Lodi, California, is a big brother to Mary, and son to his parents Cory and Shelby. He absolutely loves to build things and then turn around and knock them down while he pretends to be The Incredible Hulk. He then screams “hulk smash”. He loves all things superhero related including paw patrol and super Mario bros. The best thing about Stryder is that no matter what, he always has the biggest smile on his face, his laugh is infectious, and you can’t help but join in and laugh with him.

On the evening of January 3rd, 2022, the Nadaeu family’s world collapsed, Stryder was rushed to UC Davis children’s hospital because he had completely stopped eating and drinking. He also couldn’t stand or get out of bed, at this point he had already been dismissed by one pediatrician and two hospitals. UC Davis finally listened to the family’s concerns and did an abdominal ultrasound and CT scan. That’s when they found that his abdomen was full of tumors in which they told Stryder’s father Cory that they had no doubt that they were cancerous. The days that followed the diagnosis led to multiple biopsies, more in-depth scans, multiple surgeries to place central lines and to correct a chyle leak in his abdomen. On January 6th the family received the final results of the biopsies and scans. The results confirmed Stryder’s diagnosis, stage four high risk Neuroblastoma and the typical protocol was explained to the family. The time frame with this form of cancer is typically around 18 months to live, although nothing is guaranteed. Stryder has been fighting for two years now. He has undergone 5 rounds of induction chemotherapy, has endured a tumor resection surgery, 6 rounds of low dose chemo with immunotherapy, 2 rounds of high dose chemo, 2 stem cell transplants, 12 rounds of radiation, 3 rounds of immunotherapy with isotretinoin and 2 cycles of MIBG therapy. This has been a difficult road for Stryder and his family. They have been met with many complications that have caused delays in treatment including neutropenia, heart problems, nausea, vomiting, hearing loss, pancreatic insufficiency and Veno occlusive disease which is a common complication caused by the high dosage of chemo he received during his stem cell transplants. Stryder and his family’s lives have been turned upside down with them spending more time in a hospital room and at the cancer center for the last two years than they have spent at their own home, but one thing that hasn’t changed for this little man, is his smile, his joy, and his love. Though the family does not know what comes next, they do know Stryder will keep fighting and stay strong through it all. Even though Stryder’s father, Cory, served as a US Marine, he does not receive any benefits related to his service. Both Cory and Shelby have spent countless hours away from work and will continue to do so throughout Stryder’s battle.

The Tin Cup Cares Foundation has chosen Stryder as the 2024 recipient for all funds raised at the 3rd Annual benefit golf tournament to be held at Elkhorn Golf Course in Stockton, California on April 20th, 2024. The funds will be distributed directly to the family and used for out-of-pocket expenses that insurance does not cover. If you have any questions in regards to making a donation please email Brad Delk at [email protected]

You can send donations to:

Tin Cup Cares Foundation

528 N Stockton St.

Stockton CA 95203


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