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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.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


wouldn't it be nice if there were a cancer immunization?

We are having a good week. Ryan enjoyed karate tonight and Monday night. He had to write a story about a goal or aspiration so he chose to write about becoming a black belt. That would be awesome!! He gets his first re-immunizations tomorrow. I don't know what he will get first, but I do know he isn't going to like it. I can't wait to see what he weighs. He seems to gain more weight at the Pediatrician's office than he does at the clinic. Crazy, I know, but it is so true!! I hope the immunizations don't make him feel bad. We are going to the Big Apple Circus with Camp Sunshine on Sunday. We didn't get to go last year as it was too soon after Ryan's transplant. We are all excited about going. Please pray for little Mary Evelyn as she will be getting her second batch of stem cells on Friday. She is pretty sick right now. Thanks so much for checking in on Ryan and for your continued prayers. We feel so blessed to have so many cheering and praying for him. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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