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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.

Saturday, May 14, 2005


5 More Days of School!!

The kids are excited about the thought of summer vacation. Les and I presented some books to the school media center at the last PTA meeting. The books focused on compassion and were dedicated to FORM. We couldn't think of a better way to show our appreciation to these awesome folks than to do for something we share a compassion for, and that is the children at our school.
Ryan goes back on his Accutane tomorrow. He really struggles internally with the dryness and sores on his face and lips. We will be trying a new cream so maybe it won't be as bad as the last time. He and his Daddy played in the pool today. I thought he was going to drown from all the laughing. He is trying to learn the Butterfly stroke and to do a flip turn. The 6 & unders don't do either, but he has to keep up with Heidi and Will. Matt came and played. They had a great time swimming and building with leggos. It is amazing what boys will build. He helped Les put out some azaleas. After being given the chance to dig with the shovel, he decided that it is hard work even though it looks like fun!! I am still working on the pictures. Look for some new ones soon. Thanks, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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