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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.

Thursday, November 24, 2005


Three Turkeys

Words cannot express how thankful we are this year. What a difference a year makes. Last Thanksgiving we were at Egleston having high doses of chemo. We are thankful to just be at home together, for Ryan's good health, and for all of your love and support. We are thankful to hear good news from some of our cancer buddies, too. Little Jacob will be home and Mary Evelyn's stem cells are free from cancer and her surgery went great!!! We are thankful for everyday all of us have with our children. Please pray for the Wilkins family as they have been celebrating the end of Catie's treatment for a brain tumor, but something has shown up on her MRI. You can find links to all of these sites in recent entries. This picture was made Monday at Ryan's classroom Thanksgiving Feast. He made me a beautiful turkey centerpiece. We will be celebrating at my Mom and Dad's later today, and will be getting together with our Lighthouse friends tomorrow and Saturday. The kids are jazzed about that. We hope that each of you have a very blessed Thanksgiving with your families. Thank you so much for continuing to love and care about our little superhero. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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