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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.

Monday, December 26, 2005


North bound and down...

We had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday. The kids woke up at 4, but we managed to get them to hang out with us in bed till 5. I think Santa was very good to them. We had a nice get together with my family last night. Ryan seems to be feeling better. No complaints about his ears, at least. We are heading out tomorrow, but we still have a lot to do to get ready. I wanted to put this picture of the kids up with their gingerbread house. Ryan keeps promising me he is going to eat it. :) We will try and update from Les' parent's house with maybe some pictures of the kids in the snow or roasting oysters, (yucch!) on the beach. If you don't hear from us know that we will be celebrating the new year and are looking forward to a healthier more normal year than we have had, and we wish the same for all our cancer buddies. Please keep Ryan and all his friends in your prayers. Many, many thanks to everyone who has purchased ornaments for Ryan's Christmas tree. So far, he has 148 ornaments which makes a great donation to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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