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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, July 02, 2006


We are glad Ryan's home!

WOW, Saturday morning was perfect. We left the house at 6:15 to shoot down to Camp Sunshine to bring Ryan home. I'm sure we were the first ones there! We quickly loaded Ryan's bags then headed off to the cafeteria to find him at breakfast. He was very happy to see us and greeted us with huge hugs. Missy asked him if he missed us and he replied, "no... well, a little". We were fortunate that he was able to stay in the same cabin he had stayed in twice before, so he said he didn't feel home sick because he felt as though he was at home. He is so smart! He had many great stories to tell after his week long stay. He really loved the letters and gifts sent to him by everyone. I'm passing on Ryan's "thank you" to you all. Their cabin had a little problem with one boy. He tried to hit Ryan with his putter during golf, he hit another with his tennis racket and one more with a scoop they use to spray water. Ryan said he didn't get in trouble... but his mom came and got him. I did hear that Ryan was a star at the camp. Hey, when you're that small you need to be front and center. He loved his counselors and one of the girls' counselors, Erika, his old, well young nurse from Egleston . They made all kind of crafts, played countless games, swam and played on the water slide, knocked on the girls cabin doors then hid, (Erika left him a note saying, "sleep with one eye open") and also hit the boats on the lake. He is so ready to go back next year. It has been busy here since he has come home with a flurry of over night campers here. I am getting some pictures from camp to put up shortly. Thanks for checking in on our little independent camper. Lots of love, Les Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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