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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.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Hot Fun in the Summertime

As you can see, we had another incredible week at the Lighthouse Family Retreat. We were at Rosemary Beach again this year which is a beautiful place. We met 12 amazing families, make that 13 counting our family partners. This year there were actually 2 other Neuroblastoma children that we really enjoyed getting to know. It is always interesting to hear their stories as we can relate so well. Zoe's family is from Michigan and Mattie's family is from TN, so neither of them had any treatment at CHOA

making their stories a little different from Ryan's. There were also 2 families from Illinois. Looks like Melinda's dream is spreading across the country!! We loved getting to see all the Howards. All seven of them were back volunteering. They are an awesome family. Our new family partners this year live in Marietta, and we are looking forward to seeing them again very soon. You can see Ryan having a ball doing cannonballs between his dad and our family partner dad, Smith. They hit it off right away. I don't know which one had more fun!! They have 2 beautiful daughters that our kids had a great time playing with, and their mom, Julie has such a huge heart. We were surprised every night with special treats. Good thing Ryan is off at camp this week. He was getting real used to finding a special surprise on his bed every night. We got him off to camp without any tears. He was so excited. He helped me pack all his things, and he even threw in a few things while I wasn't watching. He is going to make one cute cowboy!! It is going to be a very long week for us. I am going to get in some much needed one on one time with Heidi and Will. We are going to be selling raffle tickets to benefit the Lighthouse. You can win a one-week stay at beautiful WaterColor (between Destin and Panama City). All of those communities right in there are beautiful and very upscale. One of the houses that was donated for our use last year just sold for 12 million if that gives you any idea. The tickets sell for $20. Email us at and let us know if you'd like to get one or maybe a few. Maybe after my fishing trip with Will tomorrow I can add some more photos. Have an awesome week with your families, and please continue to pray for Ryan and all his friends, old and new. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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