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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, August 06, 2006


Breathing Easy

This picture is Ryan and Dad headed to school on the first day. He had a great day with his new teacher. His best buddy, Matt, is in his class so that made everything even better. He came to my room after school and hung out for a little while. I am going to have to get some snacks stored up for him. Our good friends from the Lighthouse, the Peck family (except for Maddie) came and played on Saturday. As you can see from the other picture, we had a great visit. They came loaded with birthday presents for the boys. I will have to get a picture of Ryan with one of his moustaches and tattooes. Tomorrow is the last dose of steroids- thank Goodness!! He has been very short-tempered, loud, and silly. We have a new empathy for our leukemia friends. His nose is TONS better!! It hardly runs at all. We are so happy about that. I feel bad that I waited so long to really do something about it. We just kept thinking the lining of his sinus just needed to rebuild. I hope it doesn't start back up after the medicine is out of his system. We'll have to wait and see. He goes back to the ENT a week from tomorrow, and I have to call the clinic to get his check-up appt. made with Dr. Anderson for sometime in September. Please pray that he continues to do so well. Thanks for checking in on us and have a great week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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