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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, June 06, 2006


"The Easiest Scan Ever"

Just a quick update to let you know how great things went today. We had an easy trip down and back. The traffic is a lot better when school is out. Ryan's injection went well. One small stick did the trick. He wasn't too crazy about drinking the regular contrast. No Gatorade today, but they weren't too hard on him about it. This CT done with the PET is a little different. They aren't really looking for anything on the CT, but just do it so if anything should show up on the PET, the CT lets them know where it is. Does that make sense? Les was able to stay with him during the scan, and I know that helped Ryan a lot. He was so calm he fell asleep. He told me it was the easiest scan ever. We made our appt. to Dr. Marcus, and Ryan got to see a few of his buddies. Radiation was definitely his favorite part of his treatment. Dr. Marcus checked him over, and thought he looked great. We will go back to see him next year just so he can keep a check on Ryan's growth. Speaking of growing, he weighed 43.5 pounds today and was 45 inches tall. We knew he had grown some. We had to stop and get him a little toy on the way home. He has wanted a toy paint-ball gun so this was the perfect opportunity. He and Will have had fun with it all afternoon. He is looking forward to our swim meet tomorrow in Cumming, and then we go to Scottish Rite on Thursday for his CT. We are thinking we will get all the results then. Thank you for your prayers for Ryan. Please keep praying that these scans will be clear. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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