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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.

Monday, October 24, 2005


Gearing up for BOOOO-day!

Sorry for the lapse in updating. We have been so busy. Ryan loves karate. He gets so excited just to go to practice. He has three soccer games this week. Les filled in as coach tonight. We quit keeping score after 10-0. His biggest challenge was getting the smaller players to score. It was so cold out there. Our ref was kind enough to let the kids wear their jackets on the field. Ryan was actually out of school today. He woke up with a low-grade fever so I kept him home. He had a drs. appt. anyway to re-check his ears. He complained of his other ear hurting today and yesterday, and an infection may be brewing, but our pediatrician didn't want to start an antibiotic just yet. He has a complete hearing eval on Thursday, so I know they will re-check his ears then at Scottish Rite. He will see Dr. Anderson on Thursday, also. His scans have been scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7. Please pray that they will be clear, and while you're praying ask for quick results and a low stress level :) It seems hard to believe that the first questionable scan was the second week of school. We would sure like these scans to be unquestionably clear. If you are thinking about your Christmas cards yet, you might consider either the Aflac Holiday cards that you can purchase online, or the CureSearch Holiday cards that can also be purchased online by clicking on the Reach the Day armband link on the left of the site. Speaking about shopping... Ryan can't wait for Halloween! He loves to dress-up in the scariest possible costumes. He has an extensive wardrobe of outfits, masks and all the accessories. His favorite stores are Party City, Target, and Walmart. We put our Frankenstein man out by the road so all the kids on the school bus can get a close look at him each morning. It looks really cool with all the orange lights in the morning. I still can't believe how dark it is at 7 when the boys get on the bus. We will certainly be posting some pictures of Halloween next week. I really want to get some pictures of Ryan at karate, too. He is so cute. Thanks so much for checking in on us. Please continue to pray that Ryan's cancer is gone and will never come back. We hope you have a great week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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