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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.

Sunday, April 17, 2005


Camp Sunshine's Awesome Family Camp

Where to start? How about Friday afternoon, when we remembered at 4:45 to mail our taxes? Oops! So that was our first detour, by the open all-night post office in Athens. We headed about an hour south for Camp Sunshine. We had a great welcome from a ton of volunteers. What a job they did all weekend long!! Everyone was so great and helpful. The activities began the minute we arrived and lasted until the time we left on Sunday morning. We played putt-putt, canoed, panned for gold, cooked and decorated cookies. Some of the kids favorites were kick-ball, basketball, and archery. The fishing and paddle boats were lots of fun, too. There were sing-a-longs at every meal and we brought home a great CD to help us remember the fun times. The play ground was always full of kids. Each family painted a flower pot, and we were amazed by their creativity. Les and I got massages that were incredible. The best part, besides seeing our kids having so much fun, had to be meeting all the other families and hearing their inspirational stories. It was so great to finally meet little Jack and his moms and Chandler and his family, and little Catie was just too precious. We made lots of new friends that we will be keeping in touch with. I will post pictures tomorrow. Tomorrow will actually be a slow day as we have scans on Tues. and Wed. and dr. visits on Thurs. Please keep praying for clear scans. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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