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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.

Monday, July 25, 2005


Taking a deep breath

We have a day off from all the hustle and bustle. The state swim meet was great, but incredibly hot. Will's relay team came in 5th and 7th places in their events, and Heidi's free relay team came in 2nd place. Wow!! Ryan has such an intolerance to the heat and humidity. He was pretty miserable on Friday, so we sent him and Will home with some friends after Will got his medals. We didn't get home Saturday till nearly midnight. I had a good chat with Chandler's mom while we were down there. They only live about 15 minutes from Tifton. Their Lighthouse trip last week got cancelled due to Hurricane Dennis. What a bummer!! We knew quite a few families that were going, and we know what a break they could have used. We saw a lot of our Lighthouse friends at church at Northpoint on Sunday. The Lighthouse pastor, Clay, had been invited to speak and did a wonderful job. We heard a great message. We then went back to our Family Partners home, the Howards. The Butterfields from McDonough came also, and we had a great time together. Thank you, Pat, for all your hard work. She made a great lunch for all of us. Ryan was glued to Steve most of the day. Tomorrow is his 7th birthday, so we will, no doubt, be into something fun. His Star Wars party is on Saturday. Les called this morning and said his picture is in today's Atlanta paper. So, look for that if you get a chance. Please continue to pray for Ethan. He is inpatient with fever and has been for several days. Most times they never know what causes the fever, but they think he may have a virus. Thanks for checking in on Ryan and for your prayers.

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