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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, July 13, 2006


I can't believe summer is more than half over

Ryan's CT of his sinuses is scheduled for next Tuesday. I don't think there has been any improvement with this new medicine. It has been a long week with Heidi gone to 4-H camp at Jekyll Island. We have all missed her so much! She comes home tomorrow, and it will be so great to have us all under one roof again. We had a little scare yesterday. Ryan had spent the night at my sister's and played baseball with his cousin and some neighborhood boys. He started complaining of a pain in his back and continued to complain throughout the day. I finally gave him some Tylenol, and that eased it for a while. I felt sure it was because he had played so roughly, but still worried. He has felt better today. Please pray that it won't return. Ryan's swim season wraps up on Saturday with League Championships. Heidi and Will are both going to state the next weekend in Moultrie (down below the gnat line in south Ga). It's gonna be a cooker!! Thanks for checking in on us, and please keep praying for Ryan and his friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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