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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 17, 2005


We had a very long day yesterday at the swim meet. Heidi met her goal of swimming an Allstar time. Hooray! Will's relay team got 1st place, and I think Ryan thought of himself as one of the big kids when he was disqualified in the back stroke.
The picture is from our visit with my friend, Diane, and her kids at Jillian's a few weeks ago. Note Ryan's mohawk. He learned to do that at the Lighthouse. Well, after running out of money on his card at Jillian's, he decided to stick his plastic fork in the card reader on the pinball game, and darn if it didn't make the game work. Then, of course, he broke the fork off and left it wedged in the game. Oopsie! His broken fork did make a good razor though. All in all we had many laughs. We visited our old friend, "Mr. Victor" this past Friday. Victor Lord worked at the Rec. Dept. for many years. Ryan loved sitting with him on his John Deere Gator while Heidi and Will played soccer. Mr. Victor is in the nursing home in Winder. Ryan was very sad to see how he has aged, but the kids are excited about making him some posters to brighten up his room. We took him a picture of him and Ryan on the Gator, and he loved that. Ryan is anxious to get pancakes started this morning. He wants them made in the MapleLeaf pancake molds. Life is never boring. Will's birthday party is today, so we will be busy getting ready for 17 boys (and girls, oh my!) to tear it up at 2. Wish us luck with that. Ryan's birthday party will be in another 2 weeks. He is so excited about that. He goes back to the dr. on the 28th and scans will follow shortly thereafter. Please keep him and all his friends in your prayers. Thanks so much.

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