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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.

Friday, June 16, 2006


Please pray for Ryan's friends

Just as you check on Ryan and pray for his good health, we have several "friends" we check on regularly and pray, pray, pray for. We had never met little Jacob, but reading his updates and knowing the fear connection of cancer, we felt like we knew him and his family well. Jacob passed earlier this week after the most incredible fight. Their faith and hope are inspirational. The link to their site is a few journal entries below. They have asked that to celebrate Jacob's life on Saturday you do something special with your family, making sure to include lots of smiles, hugs, and laughter. Also, they are having a balloon release Saturday morning at 11:30. Please release a balloon in his honor wherever you are. We will be at our swim meet (where else?), but we will take a few with us. We also have a boy with NB in Colorado that we pray for a great deal. His name is Nathan. He has relapsed in his bone marrow. Please visit their site and offer some prayer and encouragement. And, lastly, one of our Camp Sunshine buddies, Dustin, has relapsed a few times with NB, and this last trial they are on doesn't seem to be working. Please pray they will find a new drug that will send his cancer back into remission. Ryan has a had a great week. He is looking for his friend Jena to come swim today with his Miss Jr. Relay twin, Candler. I know that will be lots of fun. I have to tell you something funny he told my mom. He wanted to play in the rain we had earlier in the week. She told him to come out of the rain so he wouldn't catch a cold. He told her, " But I have had a cold ever since I had cancer!" His little nose never stops running in spite of a daily Alavert and Nasonex. We keep hoping that it will go away, but we may have to look into something else. Please continue to pray for Ryan's good health. Have an awesome weekend and a very happy Father's Day. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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