When mom Andrea Temarantz noticed that her 4-month-old son Ryder’s eye was glowing white in all the photos she snapped of him, she knew something was wrong. She had remembered reading about something similar on Facebook and got it checked out. Thanks to her maternal instinct (and the flash of her camera), doctors were able to diagnose little Ryder with retinoblastoma several months earlier than most kids are diagnosed with the rare form of cancer.
Hollee Actman Becker reports in this Parents article that “Ryder is lucky his mom remembered reading about the camera flash on Facebook, and that she acted on her instinct that something was wrong and took him to get checked out. Now his family is hoping that sharing his story will spread awareness about retinoblastoma, and about how parents can detect it with the help of a simple camera flash.”
Now Ryder has a 99% chance of recovery after his treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.