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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, May 08, 2005


Happy Mothers Day!!

Isn't it great to be a mother (or dad)
We had a special combination Mother's Day/ my birthday celebration at our house today. My parents were here with both of my sisters and their children and the one great-granddaughter. We cooked out, and all the kids played in the pool. Ryan fell asleep on the chaise before it was over. We had four cakes !!! Relay for Life was a lot of fun on Friday night. Ryan sold over $120 in lemonade. He led the survivor lap to get it all started. All of the kids (all 5) had to go on stage and state their name and how long they had been a survivor. He said he was Ryan and he had been a survivor for 6 years. I am so glad he just doesn't get it. I don't know how much our team raised yet, but our jail was hopping all night. Will even had his principal arrested and hauled to the jail, but her husband bailed her out right away. The kids would have stayed and played all night, but us old folks had to go home. The luminaries were beautiful. There were lots there for Ryan, and we purchased some for our cancer buddies that are here and in heaven :(. The Gwinnett paper had a picture of Ryan, his grand-daddy, and Matt selling lemonade. He has another week off the accutane, but he still has his Bactrim on Monday and Tuesday. It is nice to get a chance for his face and hands to clear up. We will not be going to New York for the monoclonal antibodies. Les was finally able to talk to the doctors after passing some e-mails back and forth. Ryan is too far out of transplant for it to be effective. It would be a treatment option should the cancer ever return (which it isn't going to do !!!). I am having some technical problems getting pictures on, but hopefully I will get it all worked out soon so I can post some pictures. Thanks so much for all your prayers, and we hope ya'll had a wonderful Mother's Day. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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