- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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Sunday, August 14, 2005
We all had such a wonderful day. We took the kids to Hurricane Shoals Park and played in the water. They had a blast playing and sliding down the shoals. After a yummy picnic, we headed home to swim in the pool. Last night was the swim team banquet, and they all brought home trophies, towels, and swim caps. Will and Ryan spent the night with their friend, Jackson. The dryness hasn't been too bad this go round, as of yet. We still have 6 days to go. School pictures are this week, so that's a bummer. There's always make-ups. The party for the 2006 Aflac calendar artists that was scheduled for tomorrow at Egleston has been cancelled. I promised the kids I would take them for ice-cream anyway. They are sending him a framed copy of his artwork, so that will be nice. You can hear Ryan's interview on WSB for the Aflac Care-a-thon on Friday at 1:36. The News/Talk 750 WSB Care-a-Thon benefiting the Aflac Cancer Center starts Thursday and runs through Friday. Anyone who donates $200 will receive the prestigious 2006 Aflac calendar. We will be in touch with the hospital tomorrow to get the date and time for the ultrasound. Please remember our friends, the Alains. I can't imagine how much they are missing Ethan, yet they continue to stay in touch with us and offer words of kindness and encouragement. Ryan hasn't complained of any more pain and has had lots of energy this weekend. That makes us all feel better. Please continue to pray that his cancer is gone and Ryan has a clearly visible normal ultrasound early next week. Thanks again to everyone for keeping up with and praying for our Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and Super Ryan