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Location: Athens, Ga, United States

Our son Ryan was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in 2004. In 2007, my wife Missy was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer. On July 8th, 2009, Missy lost her battle to this horrible disease. 2 days later, on July 10th, Ryan also lost his. Together forever, they both watch over our family now from the heavens above. Below is our families journey through Ryan's treatments, along with the joy and laughter we tried to instill into our daily lives. Those days helped us all cope with the pain and suffering that comes with cancer and it's deadly treatments. Both Missy and Ryan endured high doses of chemo, radiation and surgeries. Over 150 nights spent in the hospital and many, many more days. More transfusions than I could count. Yet both Missy and Ryan took on each day with a positive attitude and warm smile for all their friends. We miss them terribly. They will always be a shining light in our lives.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Can you get me a cheeseburger? I gotta go to the bathroom. Where's my gameboy? Posted by Hello


Finally, a patient for me ! Posted by Hello


Thanks, Coach Lynn, for a great party !! Posted by Hello


Scratch another job off our list

Ryan's stem cells were harvested Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. A physically painless procedure, but pretty boring. I am posting a photo of Ryan sitting during the collection of cells. He had to sit for several hours. Thank Goodness for gameboys and tvs. He still has a few tests next week and the week after to prepare for the transplants. We are planning to begin the week of Thanksgiving. Please keep praying for him.

Saturday, October 23, 2004


Heidi and Ryan fishing at Ft. Yargo Posted by Hello


Pull the string and I'll fly up! Posted by Hello


A Couple of Ghastly Ghouls Posted by Hello


Finally, we make it to harvest !!

We had a crummy week back at the hospital, but we ended it with the harvest of Ryan's stem cells, something we have wanted for some time. He came down with a fever on Sunday and stayed until Thursday with a sinus infection. I will post a picture next week of his harvest. It is painless, but boring for him. Everything goes out through his central line. They did not get enough cells on Friday, so we have to go back on Monday and do it again. Please pray that they will get enough for both of his transplants. Thanks for all your support. Love, Les and Missy

Thursday, October 07, 2004


3 CLEARS for RYAN!!!

Our last bone and marrow labs came back this afternoon clear! this has been our best news to date. We now know that our final chemo at Scottish Rite will be this weekend then we'll be moving on to Egleston for Ryan's bone marrow transplant. This portion will hopefully be completed by the end of the year then we can move towards the final two phases of his therapy.
Keep up the SUPER work Ryan, we all love you so very much.

Monday, October 04, 2004


Back home, Hooray!!

We are back home at last. Ryan is eating and getting around really well. We are all looking forward to sleeping in our own beds!!

Friday, October 01, 2004


Surgery success

Whew! It has been a long few days. His dr. was very pleased with the surgery. He was able to remove all of the tumor that he could see. We spent 2 nights in ICU, but are finally in a regular room with peace and quiet.
Ryan went for a wagon ride this morning and seems to be feeling better everyday. Now, if we can just get good results from the bone biopsy, we will be on our way to transplant. Thanks for all your prayers, good thoughts, and pages. Ryan loves that.

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