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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, April 20, 2005


3 Hospitals in A Single Day, Yikes!

We literally took Ryan out of his bed and put him straight in the car this morning. We were able to move our MIBG at Scottish Rite up so we could make it to our appt. at Emory with Dr. Marcus. The day couldn't have gone better. He only had to be scanned twice for about 15 minutes each. Our wonderful nurse, Erika, called about two hours later with a preliminary report that "it looked good". She called again later with a preliminary CT report that "it looked good" too! Dr. Anderson called just a bit ago with more detail, and we will get to see the pre and post scans tomorrow at the clinic, but basically there is no evidence of active disease. He talked about some calcification that was evident, as was in the last scan, so all is good, no, fantastic!
Ryan stopped by Egleston to let Dawn test some chocolate lollipops fresh out of the Chocolate Factory. Dr. Marcus gave him a good report. We don't have to go back to Emory for 6 months!! Thank you all for your prayers. We will post with more information after our appt. with Dr. Anderson.

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