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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 19, 2005


A star is born

Ryan did such a great job on the radio yesterday. He asked people to donate 2 million dollars!! It was so comforting to hear people say how great he looks. We got to meet Trenton's grandmother. He is on his first transplant and really struggling right now with a yeast infection in his bloodstream. Please visit his site and offer words of encouragement. I feel so badly for all of them right now. It was an emotionally exhausting day telling Ryan's story on the radio and just being back on the Aflac floor at Egleston. We got to finally meet Kellie Porter. She has been so supportive of Ryan and our family. She works for CHOA foundation and moved here from Seattle where she was a neighbor of someone Les does business with. Small world, huh? She checks on many of the children regularly and is just one example of the love and concern that fills the rooms of the hospitals. Thanks, Kellie, for the cookies. Please keep Ryan in your prayers. Thanks for all your posts, emails, and phone calls. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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