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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, July 10, 2005


A good weekend

We would like to start by thanking the Alain's for letting us visit with them and Big E. We stopped by Scottish Rite this afternoon while Ethan was getting his last chemo for this cycle. He sure looks good, but looks are very deceiving. We know just how sick he really is. So once again, please place this wonderful warm family at the top of your prayer list and let friends know to do the same.

Ryan has been very active and has a lot of his appetite back (he's still only 40 lbs). He loves to play with the puppies and is back to playing pretty rough with his big brother Will. He started his 4th round of Accutane this morning. He really doesn't like the "peeling" side effects, as minor as that is. He always likes to look his best!
We shot off a bunch of fireworks last night at the farm with Nanny and Grandaddy. The kids love it best when they tip-over and go screaming across the grass or better yet, towards Nanny's car!
On Saturday, Ryan and Dad went to see "Snow White" at the Center for Puppetry Arts with a bunch of our cancer friends. Thanks to Camp Sunshine for sponsoring this event. They created a cute hand puppet after the show. Ryan says it is a puppet of "Dad"!!
Mom took Heidi and Will to the district swim meet and both ended up qualifying for the state meet in two weeks. We are all going together this year. We need to be down in Tifton, Ga for 2 nights so it should be lots of fun.
It's hard to believe we are only 20 some days until school starts back. We have had a very busy summer so far and plan on taking the rest of what's left a little slower :) We still have no photos of Todd and Teddie so I'm popping outside right now to see if I can snap a couple to put up. Thanks for all the support for us and our new friends, Love Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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