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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, July 25, 2006


Happy Birthday, Ryan! We love you!!

As you can see from the pictures, the kids did well at the state meet last weekend. Heidi's relay team finished 3rd in both events, and
Will finished 4th in breast stroke, 8th in freestyle, and his relay team was 6th and 7th in their events. We had a great time just hanging out with the kids. Ryan stayed home and spent one night at Matt's and one night at my Mom and Dad's. His birthday party was Sunday, and we managed to get in all our fun before the rain started. Thanks to everyone who came and made his day so special. Matt and Nick spent the night, and they all camped out upstairs in the room over the garage. We had a little excitement yesterday morning after dropping Heidi off at soccer camp. We headed across town to pick up Will and a lady pulled out of a gas station around a tractor trailer and hit us. It happened so fast. Ryan was scared at first, but calmed down quickly. After about 2 1/2 hours we had a rental car and were back on our way. Hopefully, my car will be fixed in a couple of weeks. I took Ryan back to see the ENT yesterday. He said the CT shows a good bit of infection remains in his sinuses. He took a sample and will know in about a week exactly what sort of bacteria is there. He put him back on the antibiotic which we might change once we know better what we need to fight against. He also added a steroid and took him off the liquid decongestant/antihistimine (yea! it tasted terrible). We are supposed to keep doing the Nasonex, too. We go back in 3 weeks, and if it isn't better, then he will look into removing Ryan's adenoids and cleaning out his sinuses. I hope we don't have to do that. Adenoids can be a source of infection, but Ryan's don't really look enlarged on the scan. We'll try Susan's advice before we have any surgery, for sure. She is Nathan's mom and knows just what we're going through. Tomorrow is Ryan's birthday. He finally just had to lie down and go to sleep. He couldn't stand the excitement of opening his presents tomorrow. I have promised him we could celebrate at breakfast with candles in cinnamon rolls, and he can open his presents then. I will always remember his 6th birthday when his hair was falling out. He has come so far since then, and we are so very thankful. Please continue to pray for Ryan, and for Nathan, and Dustin, and Caroline, and Chandler, and Maddie, and Taylor, and Martin, and all of these amazing children. There are so, so many. Thanks for checking in on us. Love, Les,Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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