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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, October 16, 2005


Thank you, Cure, for a great day!!

We all went to Six Flags today as guests of the CURE Foundation. This is a once a year celebration for all children that were stricken with cancer and have completed their treatment. What a crowd!! Ryan walked the whole day, we couldn't believe how his stamina is coming back. We saw a few familiar faces. It is always so great to catch up with families in person. Ryan's first ride of the day was in the front seat of the Scream Machine. He was smiling and laughing the whole time. He won this beautiful blue crocodile and named him "Croca-naga". He has such an imagination. We hung on in the park till about 6 and decided we could go no further (well, mom and dad). We have a busy week ahead with awards nights at their schools, soccer games, and a re-check at his pediatrician's. The kids brought home some excellent report cards last week. We just couldn't be prouder of them. Ryan starts Karate tomorrow. He is so excited. Soccer will be over in a few weeks :( Heidi and Will are signed up for basketball, but Ryan has wanted to do Karate for years. I wish we had a couple of weeks before it started, but we don't have any control over that. We are collecting donations for Coaching for the Cure for all three soccer teams. We are so thankful that our coaches are more than happy to participate in such a rewarding cause. Can you imagine what they could do if every little league team in the country participated just once? What a thought!! Well, we hope ya'll have a great week with your families. Thank you so much for your prayers for our family and Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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