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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, June 19, 2005


Counting our lucky stars!

Wow, one year. It is hard to believe you can run this seemingly endless race and and not collapse. Thank Goodness we are in a place right now that is so close to normal it's scary. Ryan looks great. When he runs, I just expect him to limp or tire, but he doesn't. His strength is growing as fast as his hair! The accutane side effects (which are miniscule in comparison) and his 13" scar from surgery are the last remaining signs of his year long battle. The real comfort zone though, comes statistically in 2009, the five year mark. That will be a true day of thankfulness and celebration for all of us. If a set back does befall us between now and then, we are prepared to meet the devil head on and beat it again, the same way Ryan has kicked its butt this time. (Just for the record, I'm not calling it out!)
Well, we are leaving for Rosemary Beach, Florida bright and early tomorrow to the Lighthouse Retreat. We have been told that this is truly a memorable experience at the beach with about eight other families attending also. Lots for the kids to do like Beach Olympics, sandcastle building, and a host of other activities. Expect more pics next week as we can take our PC and keep the site updated!
Hey, it's Father's Day!! It was awesome as usual here, pancakes and bacon to start, three perfect presents from three perfect kids, and great weather. I hope that all dads out there found some little way to revel in the joy of such a great and rewarding responsibility it is to share our life and lessons with our children.

Happy Father's Day.
Thanks for keeping an eye on Ryan and all of us in your prayers.
Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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