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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.

Saturday, December 31, 2005


Happy New Year, eh!

Happy New Year everyone!! We are having so much fun at Gramma and Grampa's. We had a bumpy 5 hour flight, and Kim, Catherine, and Nick were waiting to pick us up. Thank you guys so much, and to all the family who came out to visit. Someday we will spend more time in Vancouver and just play. The kids had fun on the ferry just playing in the strong wind. and Les was happy to get his fries and gravy! We spent the night at the cabin on Denman Island so the kids could get oysters. Low tide wasn't till nearly midnight. One of the pics is of Ryan with the bucket they filled. It was a shame we couldn't have a fire on the beach, just too much rain. They cooked some inside and had a good snack, and brought the rest back to Gramma's. Will and Ryan built a nice fort on the beach, and the other picture is of the kids just in front of the cabin. We went to the pool last night and are going ice skating today for New Year's Eve. We will probably go skiing at Mt. Washington on Tuesday. They are still getting lots of snow. Honestly, I will be happy to put 2005 behind us and continue to move on in the direction of Ryan's cure. Our whole family is so grateful to all of Ryan's prayer warriors. Ya'll have kept us up on some of our lowest days. Please continue to pray for Ryan's strength, both mental and physical, as he moves onward. I know he has many questions still unanswered. Happy, happy, New Year!! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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