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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.

Thursday, August 18, 2005


He feels better, and so do we

The heaviness of the last week seems lifted off today. Ryan slept in this morning after a dose of phenergan. He woke up and ate breakfast and seemed to feel a good bit better. He was happy to get to go to Grand-daddy's and get his help on building a sign for his yardsale. He even went to his first soccer practice. It was such a beautiful sight to see him back on his same team with Coach Mark. It worked out great that thunder storms cut our practice short. I was worried about him over-doing it. We listened to the Care-a-thon nearly all day. We heard our friends, Brady and Caroline. I think Ryan is ready for his turn tomorrow. Don't forget to listen around 1:30. I can remember last year we were inpatient at Scottish Rite, and the nurses posted how many dollars had been raised all day. They have far exceeded last year's care-a-thon already. We are so glad to be able to do something to help raise money for our hospital. Thanks for checking in on us. Please continue to pray for Ryan's cure and the same for all our little friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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