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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.

Monday, December 13, 2004


Three More Sleeps !!!

Our docs told us this morning that we should be ready to go on Thursday. What great news. Ryan is feeling lots better. He kicked my butt today at a few Sponge Bob games and is walking more laps everyday. His sense of humor was quick to return with some (boy) ideas on his poop and an empty coke can. You can imagine. Heidi and Will came yesterday for about 15 minutes. They talked through the glass on walkie-talkies. His ANC has been over 500 for 3 days now, we just have to get off the Morphine (a slow process) and other meds. He got Grand-daddy's platelets this morning. We have been so blessed to have my Dad donate platelets regularly. They are not as easy to come by as red blood cells. We have also been blessed with so many prayers. Thanks to everyone so much and keep up the good work.

Guest Book:
Way to go Ryan!!!! We are so happy to hear you are feeling better. I know ya'll just can't wait to get home. We'll keep praying everyday, and we will see you soon.
Love, Matt, Christy, Scott, and Kayla
Hi Ryan,
It was so good to see you yesterday. Can't wait to hear you are home for Christmas. Keep up the good work and hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Tell Will and Heidi hello for me. Hope I got the right game for you, the boys at GameStop acted like they knew exactly what to give me. Love, Lynn, Brandon, Eddie & Sara
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