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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, June 08, 2006



What an awesome and l-o-n-g day we have had. Ryan's CT scan went really well. Scottish Rite has a brand new CT machine that is really fast. Les was wearing his thinking cap today, and he remembered to get his labs drawn while he had the IV so we could avoid another needle stick at the clinic. We were so relieved to hear that Ryan's PET scan was clear. Dr. Anderson thought Ryan looked fantastic, and we will wait 6 months for the next scan!! We are going to stick with the PET and CT and probably not do another MIBG. No more SSKI?? That stuff is nasty! We will go back for a check-up in 3 months and will get his catecholomines checked at a lab in Athens in 6 weeks. Our prayers were definitely answered today. We cannot thank everyone enough for all your prayers for Ryan and our family. We feel truly blessed to have so many friends that genuinely care about Ryan. And so we go on with our fabulously normal lives. We have a big swim meet on Saturday and we are all looking forward to our trip to the Lighthouse at Rosemary Beach the week after next. The pictures are of the kids in their tree fort and Ryan ready for the backstroke at our meet last night. Have a fabulous weekend. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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