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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, August 07, 2005


A sad farewell to Ethan

It is very quiet here this morning. Ryan called me several times yesterday to maneuver a spend the night at his little friend Max's house. Max is almost 5, but he and Ryan are about the same size and love playing together with their arsenal of guns. Ryan spray painted all of his army guns black this week! After attending Ethan's funeral, it was difficult to let him leave, but he gets tired of sitting in our laps and letting us love on him after a few hours! He did a great job at his radio interview but Dad did have to promise him another larger air horn, (it will be aired in November on 94.9FM). He has wanted one for several weeks, so we finally let him spend his birthday money on a small one at Walmart. He has had a lot of fun blowing it at everything and everyone. Ethan's services were so very sweet. They sang his favorite church songs and remembered his sweet smiles and enduring faith. The service ended outside with the releasing of hundreds of purple balloons for Ethan. Les and I are amazed at the strength of his family. In the midst of all their grief, they were so aware of our own fears and took time and energy to offer words of encouragement and faith to us. They have many difficult weeks and months ahead of them. Please continue to lift them up in prayer. We made a difficult decision not to tell our kids about Ethan. We don't want to reaffirm the fears they already have about just how sick Ryan is. With very heavy hearts, Les & Missy

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