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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, September 01, 2005


Another Good Check-Up

Ryan had a great check-up from Dr. Anderson today. It was one of those days where they need too much blood for a simple finger stick, so he wasn't too happy about that, but he was laughing soon afterwards playing games at the clinic. We had a lot of fun on the pinball machine while we waited. His counts were all good. The main ones they check (white cells, platelets, and hemoglobin) are either in the normal range or near normal. He weighed 40.6 pounds, which I celebrated!! I will be so glad when he passes the 42 pound mark he started at, except now he is a bit taller so it still won't be the same. The CT and MIBG scans have been scheduled for the 13th and 14th. He starts the LAST round of Accutane on Sunday, so he will be officially OFF-TREATMENT on the 17th, of course, barring anything showing up on the next scans. Please pray that it shows Ryan is cancer free!! Being off treatment is wonderful, but brings a great deal of fear in that you aren't fighting it anymore. That, I can deal with though!! Please remember all of Ryan's little friends that are still fighting, and the families of those who are now angels playing in the heavens. There are so, so many, and we learn of more all the time. Caroline has scans next week, so please lift her and her family up in prayer. These every 3 month scans are tough. Thank you all for your prayers for Ryan and our family. So many times your posts and emails have lifted us up when we desperately needed it. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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