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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 05, 2005


Thank you Aflac and the Lighthouse

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends at the Lighthouse for a great Christmas party yesterday. It was so great to spend time with everyone and to see all the kids again. Our day started early at Egleston as we joined 29 other Aflac families for our limo ride to the Festival of Trees. The kids had such a great time on the roller coaster, the giant slide, the balloons, and on and on. The picture is of one of our favorite trees. It was made entirely of Legos. If you click on the picture you can see all of Ryan's face and hand paintings. I wish you could have seen all the limos lined up in front of the new aquarium with police motorcycles all around. I'm sure the people headed into the aquarium had no idea what special kids were in those cars. Thank you, Becky, for thinking of us. It was such a special day for us to spend together. We really needed it. We are trying to get the house ready for the holidays. It just isn't a lot of fun with the scans hanging over our heads. I should probably just stop and wait until afterwards, but I have to take advantage of the time I have today to get it done. I was headed into work, but my car battery was dead this morning. Les had a flat tire this morning, too. I hope that is no sign of how our week is going to go. Please continue to pray for clear scans for Ryan this week. He starts the yucchy SSKI today to get ready for the MIBG injection tomorrow. His CT will be around 1:00, but he has to drink the contrast the two hours before. We have his Gatorade ready to go. The MIBG is scheduled for 7:30 Wed. morning, but I don't know how soon we will get results. Sometimes we hear that day, sometimes it isn't until the next day. We will certainly post as soon as we hear. We will miss Laura when Ryan has his MIBG. She has always been so good to him. Thank you for your prayers and your posts for Ryan. He loves reading them. I hope you have a great week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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