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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, August 01, 2006


Back to School, already???

These pictures are from Ryan's birthday. You can see we did celebrate with birthday cinnamon rolls. Ryan's favorite!! The other is a picture of the 30 minute sword fight we had in the yard that night. We had a great time. I still can't believe my baby is 8 years old already. Today was open house at school. Tomorrow is the last day of summer break. Boo-hoo!!! A great opportunity has opened up for me at Ryan's school. I will be able to work there as their speech therapist for 18 hours a week. I am so excited to be able to go back. I had worked at the same school before Heidi was born, so I have a lot of friends who still work there, and I have a lot of new friends there who have helped Ryan and our family over the last couple of years. Ryan thinks it is awesome!! We heard from the clinic that his catecholomines are normal and from the ENT that nothing has grown in the sample of sinus drainage. He is to finish the medicines they gave him and we go back in 2 weeks. He goes back to the clinic for an exam in September. I just love them seeing how great he looks. Well, cross your fingers that the kids have a smooth transition back into school. I know things are going to speed up quickly with homework and soccer starting soon. Thanks for checking in on us and keep praying for Ryan and his friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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