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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, September 25, 2005


Two days off school, Yahoo!!

We had a great Saturday at soccer, followed by their cousin Nick's birthday party, swimming, football, and baseball. Will and Ryan insisted on spending the night and stayed up way too late, but had a blast. We got a call the next morning that Ryan had a little fever. We have kept Tylenol in him, but it comes back after a while. He has a bit of a cough and runny nose. We have been a little worried, but are thinking he may have the flu. It would sure be nice if that's all it is! We just don't want his scan on Tuesday postponed. The kids are excited to be out of school Monday and Tuesday due to Georgia's gas conservation efforts. Heidi and Will started their etiquette class today. I think they actually enjoyed it. They met a lot of kids . Today's lesson was about making introductions. I think they had most fun learning a line dance. Thank you all so much for your prayers for Ryan and our family. We have come so far since last June, and we just want to stay on that road to Ryan's cure. It is the road out of hell. This week we will celebrate the one year anniversary of Ryan's surgery when Dr. Pitt was finally able to remove all of Ryan's tumor. That was the beginning of things finally looking up. His marrows came clear, and the tumor was out. We feel he has had no cancer in his body since then, and we pray everyday it will never come back. Thank ya'll so much for taking this journey with us and for holding us up on days when we thought it could all fall apart. For that, we will be forever grateful. Keep up the good work! :) Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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