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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, April 25, 2006


All done with shots, whew!

Sorry, no new pics. I got out the camera early Sat. morning to take a few pictures and the battery was dead. What a bummer! We had a great time, as usual. We are so thankful to everyone at Camp Sunshine for another great weekend together as a family to just focus on being together and having fun. Ryan is excited to be going to Jr. Camp in June for a week so this was another great opportunity for him to meet more counselors and be even more familiar with the surroundings. I think he is going to do just fine. Will usually meets a new boy or two that he can hook back up with at sibling camp, but this year it was a GIRL. Oh my, he is growing up. Matt came over and played on Sunday. Ryan and Matt always have such fun together. Monday morning's shots went as well as could be expected. He won't have to have anymore for a year!!! We hit Target afterwards and bought an accordian. He has been wanting one, and it seemed like as good a treat as any. Ryan has an interview this afternoon with the Winder paper. They are going to do a story on him being the Youth Ambassador for Relay. His soccer team lost their game last night, but have another game tonight. He was pretty sore from his shots, and I asked him if he wanted to skip it, but he insisted on playing. He said, "If I can beat cancer, I can do this!". No word yet on his urine test. Maybe we will hear something in a few days. I will post when we get results. Thanks for checking in with us and thanks for your many prayers for Ryan and his friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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