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Urgent Prayer Request: Pro-life Student Dying of Leukemia

Dear Pro-life Family

This is one of the most important prayer requests I have ever sent out. A young, dedicated and fearless pro-life student from Franciscan University is dying of Leukemia. Neal Rylatt is a Franciscan Student that is devoted to the pro-life movement. Neal has leukemia and based on the progressing disease, Neal is not eligible for the haplo transplant, and the only possible curative treatment is a very high risk experimental phase I treatment in Minnesota with little chance of success, and a large chance of very harsh side effects. They decided to do palliative chemotherapy to give him the most time and best life quality of the time he has left.

We are not sure how long Neal has left depending on how he responds to his chemotherapy. He was told 3-5 months and we hope and pray he lives long enough to go to Lourdes, a dream of his. We will continue to pray for a miracle.

Neal has been a pro-life warrior for years and always sacrificed for the cause of life. Neal would wear pro-life t-shirts to school constantly even when the school questioned him about them offending others.

In 7th grade he said what he wanted for his birthday was more Catholic and pro-life shirts to wear to his school.

He prayed in front of planned parenthoods, went on face the truth tours, and he would cover many, many 40 Days for Life shifts when people wouldn’t show up.

He has never been afraid to be involved in the pro-life movement, and he has been harassed and assaulted for standing up for his beliefs.

He has had many sufferings including a headache that kept him awake for 3 straight days.

He has always offered up his sufferings for the unborn and mothers and fathers affected by abortion.

Neal has two sisters and a brother who will also need our prayers along with the rest of his family.

Several pro-life leaders are praying and asking all of you to please pray for Neal and his family. 

“Friends, as we begin this Lenten season, let’s join together with intense prayers for Neal…for his healing, and that in his illness he may be a sign among us of the suffering of Christ, and also of a profound commitment to defend life.” — Fr Frank Pavone, Priests for Life.

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of Neal, I and my family will be praying for all of them in this rough time. We in the pro-life movement are so grateful for such a pro-life warrior as Neal.”  — Abby Johnson, Pro-life Activist

“I have always said that Franciscan University of Steubenville is my favorite school to speak at and that is because of students like Neal. He is a hero for the cause of life and I am proud to serve in the pro-life movement with such a warrior. Our prayers are with Neal and his family; for God’s love to fill their lives right now.” — Bryan Kemper, Youth Outreach Director of Priests for Life

“Students for Life of America is so thankful for continued dedication of Neal and for the lives he has saved, the women, men, and families his work has touched. We are so thankful to know him and are so proud of him. We keeping Neal and his entire family in our thoughts and prayers and look forward to standing beside him as he walks through this difficult journey.” — Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life of America

“The 40 Days for Life team is honored to have such an amazing young man like Neal as part of our pro-life outreach; he is an inspiration for all young people. We are praying for Neal, his family and friends; we are thankful to have had the opportunity to stand for life with Neal.” — David Bereit, 40 Days for Life

We have set up a Facebook and e-mail account for people to send their thoughts and prayers.

Victor Bermudez,

President of Students for Life Franciscan University of Steubenville


  1. Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    We need more catholic’s like Neal! Our Lady of Good Remedy pray for and heal Neal!

  2. Sharon
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    My nephew was diagnosed with Leukemia on Sunday, the Dr’s were 99.9% sure. I have a daughter who died the day she was born, but not before being baptized…our little Miriam Rose. We placed some of her hair on my nephew as well as a rosary that Pope John Paul II touched while we had an audience in 2003. The next day he was totally cleared from all they had diagnosed his leukemia with. It’s our little miracle. I will pray to Blessed JOhn Paul II and my little St. Miriam Rose for you Neal!

  3. Donna Crist
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    So proud & thankful Neal for all you’ve done for God Our Father’s precious unborn babies. I know he’s smiling at you. I most definitely will be praying my rosary & at daily Mass for you & you’re loving family. Thank you for you’re loving example & tremendous love for the unborn. God Bless you with that trip to Lourdes.

  4. Posted February 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Oh Jesus Son of David…Have Mercy on him!!! Lord we need every soldier that has consecrated themselves in the fight for life. Give our brother Neil the strength to continue his own fight for life so that his recovery can be a testomony for Your Glory. But let it be Your will Lord we pray in Jesus Holy and Precious Name. Amen

  5. Suzanne Ennis
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    May God bless with His tender loving care Neal and his family in the days ahead. Thank you for your amazing Pro-Life witness!

  6. sylvia o shaughnessy
    Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    May god heal you Neal… with everyone’s prayers it will happen… Have faith!! You have lots more good work to do x

  7. Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

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  8. Bridget Klatt
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I have never met you but your story really hit home with me! I JUST went to Lourdes this summer and I know someone who could maybe work some magic! Her name is Marlene Watkins and she is in charge of bringing pilgrimages to Lourdes throughout the whole year. Lourdes is open from March – November. Here is Marlene’s email address if you’re interested and if you need anything or have any questions or if you can’t get a hold of her let me know! Best of luck and I will be offering you up to our Blessed Mother each an every day 🙂 Our Lady of Lourdes, PRAY FOR US!

  9. Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    May God bless this brave,selfless young man

  10. David Pawlowski
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    May God bless Neal and his family!

  11. ety
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    i need the mercy of God.Im believing God for a new job,healing for me,my family and friends.for my sisters success in her carry over exams.believing God to Get married before the end of this month>

  12. aruna harini
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    i pray for u brother god will give u a complete healing

  13. Posted March 6, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Please know that I am taking Neal before our Eucharistic Lord in Intercessory Prayer.

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