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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, May 17, 2005


3 More Days of School :)

We are all doing great. We are counting down the days till Ryan's Make-A-Wish Disney Cruise in early June. We are expecting to get all our documents on that this weekend, so we will know a little bit better how to plan. We are already stock piling sunscreen. I drove by a blood drive last week and stopped and donated. The nurse said there was such a shortage that my blood would be given to someone within 24 hrs. I did manage to talk someone into donating platelets. That is next for me, too. Please participate in one of your local blood drives. So many children are in need. If you want to donate platelets, you must contact the Red Cross to schedule an appt. It only takes an hour. I will get Les to put a link to the Red Cross on the site. We were so lucky to have my Dad donate platelets directly to Ryan, so he only had to wait once to get them. Sorry it has taken so long to get these pictures up on the site. Seeing them reminds me that Ryan also sold 50 of the green "Reach the Day" armbands. Please continue to pray for Ryan's cure and for a cure for this horrible disease for all the little children. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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