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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.

Friday, February 17, 2006


Oprah Challenge, you in?

I want to tell you about a mother of a child with neuroblastoma who is organizing an e-mail campaign this weekend to get Oprah to spotlight "Lunch for Life" (link at the side). You can check it out on their website: . With more fundraising and greater awareness, we'll get the dollars required for research. The goal obviously is to bring the survival rate up from 30% (stage IV) to 100% for every child affected by this unforgiving disease. It's very simple and takes just a couple of minutes, (mom, maybe 10 for you :) Ryan has scans scheduled for March 7th, 8th and 9th. He's looking and feeling so well it's a little scary. I feel like I'm being lulled into a false sense of security. I guess I'll just never be at peace until a cure has been found. Their cousin, Nick, is spending the night. Then the boys will be spending tomorrow night at the farm while we take Heidi to her All-star Basketball tournament in Clarkesville, GA. So click on the link and make a plea for a worthy cause. Many thanks, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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