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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.

Friday, August 05, 2005


The Coming Days

It has been really hard to keep our spirits up this week. I wish there were magical words that would make Ethan's family somehow feel better. We will be searching for the right words tomorrow at his funeral. Please say a prayer for them to find the strength and courage to get through the day and to find peace in their hearts in the days to come. I am not really sure that could ever be possible. Ryan, Heidi, and Will have all had a good first week of school. Les is taking Ryan to Dave & Buster's in Marietta in the morning to be interviewed by Randy and Spiff on 94.9's morning show. The interview will be aired during the Christmas holidays as a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. He starts the 5th round of Accutane on Sunday, and he has to start taking the dreadful iodine on Monday to get ready for his MIBG injection. The iodine saturates his thyroid gland and protects it from the radio isotopes. He has to take it for 6 days. Yucch! Please pray for his ability to cope with all this yucchiness, and, of course, for clear scans. Thanks, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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