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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, March 17, 2006


Do you think the word is getting out?

Senate and House Members join with CureSearch to introduce the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2006 in landmark legislation that would provide $100 million to expand research programs aimed at curing and preventing pediatric cancer

The Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2006 authorizes $100 million—$20 million annually—over a five-year period starting in 2006 to support biomedical research programs, which directly translates into increased survival rates for children with cancer. The legislation also provides funding for informational and educational services to families coping with a diagnosis.
It will establish a national childhood cancer database that will enable researchers, for the first time, to study the population of children with cancer and to monitor the incidence of pediatric cancers, identify cancer causes and aid in the development of prevention strategies.

Also in a show of support for this lifesaving legislation, Ken Martin, Director of Community and Diversity Programming for the National Hockey League (NHL) represented the league at the introduction. The NHL is partnering with CureSearch in an expansion of the NHL Foundation’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” charitable initiative that raises funds and awareness for cancer patients of all ages.
“The National Hockey League is dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer and proud to be associated with CureSearch through the Hockey Fights Cancer program,” said Martin. “We are honored to be present for the introduction of the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act. We believe this event will be a unique opportunity to spotlight the cause of childhood cancer, the tremendous leadership in the United States Congress and our shared efforts to find a cure for childhood cancer."
About CureSearch. CureSearch unites the world’s largest and most prestigious childhood cancer research organization, the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and its public awareness and business partner, the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Working together, the two entities support a network of more than 5,000 doctors, nurses and scientists who conduct clinical trials and perform cutting-edge research to cure childhood cancer at more than 200 COG member institutions. The COG represents every pediatric cancer program in North America, providing state-of-the-art medical and nursing care to more than 90% of children with cancer. CureSearch ( is dedicated to reaching the day when every child with cancer can be guaranteed a cure.
Read the official statements about the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2006 from:
Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT)
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT)Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH)
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX)

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