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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, March 01, 2006


"Dumb old cancer"

I was whispering to Ryan the other night and he said, "What? That dumb old cancer messed up my hearing." I thought "dumb old cancer?". I can think of a few better words than that!! I would probably get in big trouble for putting them on his blog, though. He got over Todd being gone pretty easily. I think Teddie may actually be happier!! I know it is a big load off our minds. Ryan hasn't felt very good the last few days. I've got a bad cough and cold and I think he just has that, too. It just hits him harder. His scans are next week. The MIBG injection is Tues, with the scan on Wed, and the CT and dr. appt. on Thur. He has to start the SSKI on Monday. Yucch! I am really dreading the whole week. I am looking forward to this Friday, though. Les gave me a gift certificate for the spa at Chateau Elan for Christmas 2004!!! I haven't had a chance to use it, so I am finally going. I almost feel guilty, but just almost. We are taking Ryan and his friend, Matt, to the Thrashers game Saturday night. We will be the guests of the announcers, thanks to CURE. There is no telling what could happen with these boys in the announcer's booth. I will try and get a few pictures to share with you. Thanks so much for checking in on us, and please pray for clear scans next week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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