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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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


We are celebrating life!! Isn't it great?

We are all getting some needed rest after our incredible vacation. It was hard to choose pictures to put on the site. There are so many. We had great weather on the cruise, and just a bit of rain in Orlando. We went to Disney World on Saturday, and had an awesome time. The kids were begging to get off their feet by 6 o'clock. Their favorite ride was definitely Space Mountain, a jerky, very fast roller coaster in the dark. We have decided they have outgrown the Magic Kingdom :( ...they want thrills, not magic. I have to share some great moments from the trip: feeding the sting-rays in Nassau was "so cool", snorkeling on a reef off Castaway Cay was mine and Heidi's favorite, Ryan and Les were in a limbo show in Nassau with a flaming limbo bar (Ryan was held over the flame, another "really cool" moment), making flubber was fun, you can only imagine how much the boys loved the jousting and sword fighting at Medieval Times, and Will was thrilled to get slimed poolside at the Nick Hotel. Medieval Times gave us complimentary tickets and a personal greeting during the show. The kids liked being able to eat with their fingers there. You have to eat everything, including your soup without silverware. We got some funny pictures of the kids dressed as knights and damsels. I will scan them another day and post for you to see. They are hilarious. We are enjoying a slow week before we head back out to the Lighthouse Retreat next week to continue our celebration of life. Please keep Ryan and all his cancer buddies in your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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