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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.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Happy Birthday, Henry

It has been a busy week, as usual, it seems. Les has been out of town, and we have really missed him. I am so glad he comes home tomorrow. Ryan didn't feel much like karate Monday evening, but he was back tonight. His teacher told him to practice 8 either kicks or punches. He was so cute counting them on his fingers as he did each one. Will started Odyssey of the Mind practice yesterday after school, and Heidi had a band performance last night, so we have been on the go. We have some really good news to share. Les' brother, Jim, and his wife, Melinda, have a new son. Henry was born early this morning in Seattle. He is a cutie!! Please continue to pray for little Jacob, and please pray for a sweet little girl that we met at Family Camp in October, MaryEvelyn. She has Neuroblastoma, like Ryan. They are very hopeful that her marrows are clear of cancer so they can move on to transplant. I know this is a very difficult time for them and they could certainly use some words of encouragement. You can visit her site at Click on Visit a site and type in MaryEvelynKing We finally got in our Coaching for the Cure donations. Together our 3
soccer teams raised $300. We are so appreciative of our coaches and all our generous parents. Will is very excited about their tournament in Stone Mountain this weekend. Heidi and Ryan are excited to not be going :0). They will spend the day Saturday with their friends, and they may go Sunday as it may not be such a long day. Thank you all for continuing to think of us and to pray for Ryan and his friends. They need you and we need you, and we feel so fortunate to have so many who care and who ask God everyday for Ryan's cure and good health. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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