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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.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Early start for busy kids

It was a 6 am start for Heidi and I to get to Norcross for her 1st soccer game of the season...they lost :( Better luck tomorrow at 5 pm! We raced back home to pick up Will and Ryan for Will's 11 am game in Jefferson...they won :) Picked up Heidi's friends on the way home, went to publix to get everyone's individual order for lunch, (Will and Ryan needed a smoked oyster poorboy), then whipped by the church to pick up items that didn't find a new home at the annual sale. Cleaned the pool for the girls, then Will, Ryan and I sat down to watch a little college ball. I lost the boy's when they realized Heidi and her friends were having too much fun. Missy made it back from the luncheon at the Westin. Lance Armstrong's mother was speaking along with Alex Scott's mother, (link at the right). She is off to her friend's daughter's beauty pageant, Grayson. She is speaking about Ryan as her role model. Hope she wins!! I'm sure Missy will have more details later. I posted one of Heidi's many writings below. It is so nice to read her work and catch a glimpse at what is churning on the inside when it comes to her life, feelings and Ryan. I guess this journal is somewhat the same, just a little less refined. Lots of love to all our visitors and thanks so much for keeping an eye on Ryan. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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