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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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


Happy, Healthy, and COLD!!

Brrr! It's cold! Ryan is really hoping for snow in the morning, but I hope it holds off till Friday, ( he'll definitely get to see it went we get to Canada during Christmas for some skiing). Tomorrow is their last day of school, and it should be a fun day. Les and my Dad cut down some mistletoe this afternoon so Ryan is going to take some to school for all his teachers. We got the results of his catecholomines a few days ago. One of his numbers jumped up to 10 which is right on the upper limits of the normal range. I knew we wouldn't be able to fully enjoy the scan results. It seems like there's always something. Dr. George said that since we just had good scans, they will just repeat the urine test next month. Who knows, we might just decide to drive down one day next week and leave a new sample. Ryan was awarded his orange belt tonight in karate class. He really loves his class, especially stopping by for donuts afterwards!! The boys are looking forward to spending the night at my Mom and Dad's tomorrow night. Heidi has a Christmas party in Athens, so Les and I are going to get in some shopping while we wait for her. Les is taking Will to the Thrashers game Sat. night, thanks to CureSearch. Now that Ryan has been feeling so well and secure, we have been making up individual time with Heidi and Will. It is awesome to be so close to normal!! Lots of Christmas wishes, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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