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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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005


Stressful days

It's hard to update Ryan's site since Ethan's relapse. We have a sense of sadness, turmoil, fear, and are very tired. We can only imagine what Ethan's family is going through.
Stage IV, or high risk cancer leaves parents in a very precarious situation. To relapse is a dire diagnosis. We have spent the most extreme protocol on the first fight leaving only experimental options open in the event of a relapse. It feels like someone has flipped a coin high into the air, and I can see it spinning in slow motion, not moving up or down and we're here just holding our breath waiting for it to drop. We are attempting to focus on Ryan's positives along with keeping Heidi and Will happy and all of us busy doing things together.

On the brighter side, Todd and Teddie, the kid's new puppies, are fitting in perfectly! The kids just love them like crazy and have been doing great looking after them. We should have pics of the pair by this weekend.
Thanks for checking in on Ryan and please keep Ethan and his family on the top of all your prayers. We hope to see them soon.
Lots of love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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