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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, May 25, 2006


School's Out For Summer

Tomorrow is the last day of school. We had his end of year party today, and as you can see from the picture, Ryan's class is ready for summer. He had the best teacher in Mrs. Marz. She was so good to him and was just what he needed this year. Our kids are all ready for a break, for staying up late and sleeping in. Ryan's appetite has definitely improved. He is acting more like himself. Thanks to everyone that has called and emailed about all the viruses going around. I hate for anyone to be sick, but it is always comforting to know that people without cancer are sick, too. We are celebrating Will's 5th grade graduation tomorrow by going out for Japanese with my Mom and Dad. The kids love going there. Tomorrow is also our 16th wedding anniversary, so we may send the kids home with their Nanny and Granddaddy and take in a movie or something. Ryan's PET scan has been moved back to the 6th. Even though he doesn't require sedation, Emory wants to have the sedation team available should he need it. Sounds crazy to me, but the change actually helps. He is supposed to go back to see Dr. Marcus at Emory where he got radiation, but we couldn't schedule it for next Friday, and now we can do both on the same day. Funny how things work out. Please continue to pray for clear scans and for Ryan's continued good health. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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