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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.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

 

3 reasons to be joyful this season!


We got the best possible Christmas present we could have gotten in the results of Ryan's scans. All we ever wish for is the hope that each of our children will grow up to be healthy, happy, and loved. That is what we deal with everyday now that Ryan's treatment is done. We just continue to pray that the cancer, any cancer, will never return. It has been a difficult year getting through Ryan's treatment, but we have so much to be thankful for. It has definitely been a challenge for Heidi and Will. It is very difficult for a sibling of a child with cancer. We have tried to keep their lives going uninterrupted. I know they have felt left out sometimes or like Ryan has gotten away with murder, which he has a few times. We can't help it. It is just something we will have to deal with. We had a great time at the Camp Sunshine Christmas party this afternoon. We got to see lots of our friends including Mary Evelyn and Chandler. Mary Evelyn is scheduled to start her first stem cell transplant on Friday. Please remember their family in your prayers. The kids only have four days of school left before the holiday. They are getting so excited. It will be a light week on homework, and they will be having their school parties. Ryan takes his next belt test in karate on Wednesday. He is a good little karate chopper. Thanks for checking in on us. We hope you have an awesome week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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