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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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Ambassador Ryan?

Just a quick update to let you know that we heard from our wonderful nurse, Erika, at SR today. Since they have changed labs, the urine results are likely to take a week, so we may not hear anything until Thursday or Friday. There are a few other things happening, too. Ryan has been asked to be the Youth Ambassador for this year's Relay for Life in our county. We will learn more at the kick-off celebration next week, but he is excited about it. It will be special as my good friend, Karen, gets to introduce him. It was evident that Dr. Rapkin is gearing up for St. Baldrick's coming up on St. Patrick's Day. He has been letting his hair grow back. Ryan would love to shave his head. There are locations all over the country where people will shave their head to raise money for pediatric cancer. If you think you could do it or would like to donate money to this great cause, you can visit for more information and some great pictures. Ryan hasn't been feeling that great yesterday or today, it may be a touch of a cold coming on. He left for school today with no complaints. Please continue to pray for his good health.
Keeping the faith, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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