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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.

Thursday, April 13, 2006


Spring Break was the break we needed

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since we posted on Ryan's site. That's what normal and healthy gets you, and I will take it! :) We will be hitting the lab in Athens some time next week for a recheck on the catecholomines. I don't put much stock in that, but it makes me feel better just the same. I have never heard of a relapse being found by these numbers. We had an awesome trip to Tampa for our Spring Break. We saw Tampa Bay Lightening play the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday night, and it was an exciting game decided in overtime and a shoot out. Tampa Bay loves their hockey and makes it a fun night for the kids. They played on a huge inflatable outside the rink, shot pucks, played games, and ate all the Dippin Dots they could possibly hold. On Saturday TB played Pittsburgh. Ryan has become quite the fan. He had his face tattooed and painted to show his spirit. Les' friend, Mike, brought all the kids jerseys. Ryan did not want to leave his side. He definitely has a new friend in Mike. We also got to visit with 2 of my uncles who live in Clearwater and a good friend of ours in Tampa. The kids really enjoyed playing with Anderson, Julia, and Klair, and we are so happy they are moving back to Atlanta. Busch Gardens was a lot of fun. We could not have asked for better weather. So,we are 4 days back to school and the kids are off again tomorrow. We are going to see Ice Age 2. We are heartbroken to hear about the relapse of our little friend,Tommy Algard. Tommy was at transplant with us for relapsed brain tumor. They are currently looking into other treatments. Please pray for their family. Also, please pray for Jay's family. He passed away last week from a brain tumor. He was a sweet little boy we met last year at family camp. They are going to have such a hard time, but they have an incredible faith. Thank you so much for your prayers for Ryan. Please keep praying that his cancer or NO cancer will ever return and that he will grow into a fine, spirited old man. -And thank God for his cure! Love always, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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