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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.

Thursday, June 09, 2005


Just getting started

Oh my! Where to begin? We got off the ship early this morning and are visiting with friends in Cape Canaveral before heading to Orlando. We are dining at Medieval Times and watching the jousting show tonight. It has been such a whirlwind. Our limo arrived right on time Sunday morning. It was a party limo with full neon lights and bar inside. The kids had a ball playing with all the bells and whistles. Ryan could stand up! He liked raising the partition between us and the driver and yelling "Can you hear me now?". We were cracking up the whole way to the airport. Our flight was smooth, thank Goodness. The lines getting on the ship were so long, but thanks to Les (that he is Canadian) we skipped to the non-US line that was empty! Then we got priority boarding, so that got us out of another long line. We had a little trouble checking in, when we realized that our rooms were NOT next to each other, like we thought. It must have all been part of God's plan, because he had put a social worker in the room beside us and they were more than willing to trade. Our rooms were awesome with a door inbetween. I cannot say enough about the service. The ship has about 1000 crewmembers on board, and not one of them the least bit grumpy. I will try and post some pictures after we get home on Sunday, or early next week. There is still so much to tell you, but suffice it to say, we all had an awesome vacation. It was just what we needed. We will be at the Magic Kingdom tomorrow, and we still haven't decided how to spend our Saturday. We may just be hanging out at the Nick Hotel. They have a huge waterpark. Thanks for checking in with us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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