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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, August 29, 2005


Another great weekend

Ever have a week where it seems like everything at your house is breaking down? We have had about 3 or 4 in a row like that. I keep telling Les, and reminding myself, that it can all fall apart as long as Ryan is ok, but enough is enough. I guess our luck will turn soon enough, next week would be nice, like during Ryan's scans. We don't have a date yet, but we're hoping for next week. He seems to be feeling well. He had fun at his school dance last weekend. Heidi and Will had a blast at sibling camp. Thanks, Camp Sunshine!! We took Todd and Teddie to the lake for a bit on Saturday. Ryan was hoping they would love the water as much as our old dog, Sandy. Todd warmed up to the idea, but Teddie was terrified of the water. After we got the kids back home on Sunday, we went to see our friends, the Greshams. They had an inflatable jousting/boxing ring in their backyard for a birthday party (Happy 14th, Grayson!!), and the kids couldn't wait to jump and play on it. I think they all loved beating up on Dad. We are so thankful for our friends. Ryan's soccer coach brought his little girls over to swim. Thanks, Coach Mark. Ryan loved that. We are back to see Dr. Anderson on Thursday. We'll get his counts and catecholomines checked, but we won't get results on the latter until next week. Please keep praying for clear scans. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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