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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.

Saturday, July 16, 2005


"Exit, Stage Right"

This is our old little cartoon character, Ryan. He was clowning around before his event at the swim meet a few weeks ago. Today is his last meet of the season so we won't be able to make it to the Cure Family Picnic, which is a bummer, but he has looked forward to League Championships for so long. He is doing well with the Accutane. We are just keeping his face gooped up with Vaseline and that seems to be working best. He had his picture made yesterday for the Atlanta Journal which is supposed to be in this Thursday's paper. It is an article on the Has Been Beauty Queens that hosted the Prince and Princess of Hope Pageant and won the Cosmo Girl contest, but I made sure Ryan had on his CureSearch "Childhood Cancer Stinks" t-shirt. I said if there is a message we want to send, that would be a good one. So, we are off to Gainesville for 7:30 warm-ups. Keep your fingers crossed that Ryan, Heidi, and Will swim fast, for all those that are up this early that is!!

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