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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.

Friday, January 21, 2005


Still lots of owies

With day 8 behind us Ryan is still in a lot of pain, between his blistered throat, nose, mouth (spitting up a lot of dead tissue and blood), a tummy ache, and rash that just keeps getting worse.
It hurt to put his hands in the bath water tonight and talking or swallowing is very painful.
On top of all that, his top front tooth is close to just dropping out, we need it to wait a couple more days for his counts to really begin to recover.
We all wish we could take these little guy's place when you see them in such pain. Thank goodness for morphine, I can't imagine him without it right now.
We're hoping for a better day tomorrow and there is still a good chance on us getting a lap or two in late tonight.
Take care.

Guest Book:
I Love you guys. hugs.
Hang in there big guy. All your friends are praying for you.

Matt, Kayla, Scott, Christy
Hey there Super Ryan!

You are such a tough little guy! We are thinking about you all the time and can't wait to get the word that those counts get up and you get feeling better. Hopefully just another day or so and you'll be feeling better again.

Les and Missy – Keep up the great work. You all are in our prayers.

P.S. Hi to “Sack of Potatoes” and “Football Head”!

Wade, Donna and Luke
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