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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, February 14, 2006


Camp Sunshine & Athens Church, Thank you!

We had a great time at the Big Apple Circus on Sunday. Ryan laughed and laughed. I think I may have watched him more than the circus! Thank you Camp Sunshine for a very fun day. Today was pajama day at school and their Valentine's party. We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day. We got a special treat this evening. A group from Athens Church, which is affiliated with Northpoint Church and our friends at the Lighthouse, came and painted our bedroom and bathroom. They fixed a gutter on the front of the house and put some plywood up in the garage attic to give us more storage space. That is the thing about an 88 year old house-not much storage room. We are so thankful for their hard work. It seems silly to get excited about a fresh coat of paint, but I am. It looks awesome. Thank ya'll so much. One thing I look forward to when Ryan is much further out of treatment and healthy and strong is to be able to be back on the giving end. We are so thankful to everyone who has reached out to us and helped us get through the past almost two years. I wish we could reach out and give each of you a hug and a giant thank you personally. Please know that in our hearts we are so thankful and feel incredibly blessed. Please continue to pray for Ryan and his friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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