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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, March 07, 2006


A long day down, 2 to go

Wow! What a day. We spent 3 hours at Scottish Rite for a 15 minute procedure. We spent a lot of time waiting and listening to babies crying. He got through the IV really well. It went fast and they got it on the first try. It was definitely something to be thankful for. The drive home was a little rough-over 2 hours!! That was thanks to an idiot who jumped off the ramp at Spaghetti Junction. Why couldn't he wait till Saturday? Dr. Rapkin called this morning and asked if we could change Ryan's scan to the morning to help out with a scheduling conflict for another patient. What an easy favor to do. One thing for sure, we won't have the awful drive home like we had today!! I really hate the MIBG scan. I am always a nervous wreck standing around watching the pictures come together. I will actually be glad to get it over with early in the day. Please pray that his scans tomorrow and Thursday show only a healthy, strong, beautiful child. I was so saddened today to hear of Dana Reeve's passing. She and Christopher are dancing together today. Thanks for checking in. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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