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Did you see the Mystery Machine at children's hospital?


The back of the vehicle invites visitors to Ryan Orts' page at www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryanorts

The 'Mystery Machine' parked in front of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital this week. Upstate's Kathleen Paice snapped the picture and put it on Twitter, where WTVH-TV news anchor Michael Benny took note and retweeted Paice's original tweet. Patti Becker, who lives in Florida, saw the tweets and responded: "Wow, you found the car that Ryan's mom (my niece) drives! Ryan is now at home resting."

Ryan is Ryan Orts, a 13-year-old boy who lives in North Syracuse with his mom, Ruth Orts and sister, Autumn Orts, 12. His father, Wayne died unexpectedly in June.

Ryan's page on the CaringBridge.org web site gives the background on his leukemia, his bone marrow transplants (his sister is his donor) and his remissions.  His guest book is filled with comments from family and friends, including teachers from Roxboro Road Middle School. His journal tells what he's going through day to day.

Charity for Children made it possible for the Orts family to purchase the car, a Kia Soul. A North Syracuse detail company, Image Press donated the wrap. "This vehicle has eased a lot of the burden of transportation for Ryan and all of his appointments between Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester," Orts writes.

She says the car was wrapped as the "Mystery Machine" from Scooby-Doo because "Ryan has been a mystery to the doctors as to why he's still with us today."

Ryan has undergone a bone marrow transplant and two mini bone marrow transplants since his diagnosis in November 2007.

He relapsed on Dec. 12. Now he is "chemo resistant," Orts says. Chemotherapy is no longer effective against the cancer. She says her son is now "going through the phases of hearing the words 'death.' For now, we are just trying to maintain and manage things for him."