Young Boy Chosen as Honoree for Swedish American Tree Lighting


A Rockford twelve-year-old, who survived a rare disorder, was chosen to light Swedish American Health System’s Christmas tree this year.

Rylan Garcia earned the honor for a ceremony at the hospital’s heart center.  Rylan was diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, which his mom said caused him to vomit more than 60 times a day.  Garcia is the first honoree to light the tree.  Despite being in the hospital for most of his life, doctors say he is now in remission.

Michael Born, President of Swedish American said, “It really was a great way to celebrate Rylan’s life and the new beginning that he’s experiencing in this stage of his life.”

Garcia at first had trouble walking during therapy sessions. He is almost fully recovered and is spending time with his two brothers.

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