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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.

Thursday, January 27, 2005


Leaving with mixed emotions

We left Egleston today around 2:00. Ryan was sick a few times last night and early this morning. He still hasn't eaten anything. He is getting fluids tonight and we will be in the clinic in the morning to see Dr. Chiang. He was very quiet leaving today. I'm not sure if that was because he wasn't feeling well or because he, like his Dad and I, had mixed emotions. We are so excited about finally getting to go home, but we will miss our wonderful nurses who took such good care of Ryan: Nancy, Jessica, Kathy, Andy, Courtney, Mandy, Maggie, Leah, Erika, Rachel, Jenifer Lynn, Tammie, and especially Dawn. What a support team we had. Our Nurse Practitioner, Ellen, kept up with every detail of Ryan's treatment. She is awesome. Sara, the Child Life Specialist, knew just what kind of toys Ryan liked to buy with his BMT bucks. We will also miss the other families that we have shared this unforgettable experience with and will most certainly be keeping up with them in the future. Ethan's family is just across the hall from us in the hotel. Please continue your prayers for Ethan as he goes back for his second transplant in a few weeks. He is such a little trooper. Tommy is still a few days away from starting to feel better. Please pray that his transplant will rid his body of his cancer forever. Thank you all for your prayers for Ryan. We are so relieved to be through the transplants. We knew this stage of his treatment would be the toughest. We are looking forward to going home and moving on to the next phase. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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