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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, November 20, 2005


Is that a poker face, or what?

And so goes the roller coaster, at least the dips aren't as low and scary as they used to be. Ryan feels great with only a mild cough and runny nose for a few days, and then he will have a few days where he can't seem to stop coughing. On Friday, he got to see his Winder Barrow High Cheer Dog friends. They are an awesome group on and off the mats. He maneuvered an overnight at Matt's last night. He probably does more to set up his social schedule than any of our kids!! He has a birthday party tonight at an indoor pool. I know that will be lots of fun. Dad is going to his class' Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow, which is very special for Ryan. I am so looking forward to a short week. We are excited to be having the Howards here next week for a visit, and hopefully, the Butterfields. We miss our Lighthouse friends. Ryan's next set of scans is getting closer, and we feel the stress of that creeping in more everyday. Please continue to pray that the scans will show with certainty that there are no cancer cells anywhere, especially his liver, where something has shown up the last two scans. And please pray for little Mary Evelyn who will have her surgery this week to remove her tumor. We are going to try and go down to visit them and offer any support we can. We hope you all have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving. This will be a special day for us since last year we couldn't be together. Ryan was at Egleston for his transplant. Thank you so much for checking in on us and for your relentless prayers for Ryan. We just couldn't make this trip without ya'll. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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