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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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


And, up we go

Ryan has a little bit of a white count today (.15). Yahoo!! His poor little mouth is so sore, so maybe these cells will help soon. He got red blood cells yesterday, and platelets the day before. We are lucky that Ryan's grand-daddy donates platelets just for Ryan, but many children have to wait, as platelets are not as readily available. You can contact your local Red Cross or call 1-800-826-2026 if you would like to donate blood or platelets. We moved to room 360 yesterday (we had a little critter). This room is considerably larger, so that is nice. Dawn and I decided this morning that this was our official room change this visit as we do not want to move to ICU.

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We love to see your smiling face in the pictures, Ryan! Stay strong, and we'll keep praying for you, your Mom & Dad, Heidi and Will too! Mark, Hannah and the girls
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