- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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Saturday, June 25, 2005
Come on down to the Lighthouse
It is nice to be back home, but we had the most awesome week at the Lighthouse Retreat in Rosemary Beach, Fl. Please visit their site to learn about this wonderful group of people. We had busy, but relaxing days. It was so great to meet more families who have had similar struggles, and to be able to offer and receive encouragement. The kids stayed at the beach most days, but we managed to get to the waterslides in Destin one day with another family and Meredith, Patrick, and their sister, Sarah. The Howards were so great to us and we are looking forward to getting together with them next month at their home in Alpharetta. Will and Ryan performed spectacularly in the Talent Show, as well as their Dad. Maybe I can post a picture of Les in his grass skirt or as Simon Cowell later. :) It was so awesome to watch all the kids perform and see their huge smiles knowing how sick they have all been during their cancer journey. The kids did not want to come home, but with the promise that we would start our search for a puppy, they gave in. So cross your fingers for us that we have better luck than last time. We don't need another Tucker. :) We'd just like to thank again, the Howards, Melinda, whose dream it was to create a wonderful seaside escape for families of children with cancer, Clay, for his awesome words and stories to teach us that God is good, God cares, God is in control, and that God wants us to know him, and to the many, many volunteers who worked so hard to make us feel welcome and a part of their Lighthouse family.