- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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Sorry for the long delay in updates. We have been so busy, and I had wanted to post a picture of the newest member of the Morgan family. You may think us crazy, but we decided to try it again with a dog. This time around we got exactly what Ryan has wanted- a Chinese guard dog. You just have to see him. He is a great dog. I have taken several pictures, but he doesn't like the flash and all the pictures are blurry or of his tail end. His name is Mackie, and Ryan absolutely loves him. I am going to keep trying for a picture. I do have some other great news. Curing Kids Cancer
, a group that we have supported many times with our soccer and basketball teams donated $100,000 to the Aflac Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta last week. It is so great to see our dollars going to work. Check out their site. It makes a great end of season gift for coaches, and they have a program for teachers, also. Another piece of great fundraising news is that beginning in Jan. 2007 you can purchase a car tag (in the state of Ga) to support pediatric cancer research. You can learn more about the tags at supportcancerkids.org
. We still have about 5 raffle tickets left for the Lighthouse Family Retreat. We do want to thank Karen, Scott and Christy, Jim, Pam, Ted, Dusty, Ken, and our parents who have bought tickets. Dawn, I am bringing yours to the Quiet Heroes luncheon. Thank you, too! No news, yet on the adenoid surgery. The surgery scheduler has been out of town and I should be able to call tomorrow and get that ball rolling. It would be great to have it done over fall break, but we always go to the mountains then, so we'll just have to see what they say. Heidi and Will had fun last weekend at Sibling Camp with Camp Sunshine. Ryan had a ball while they were gone. Matt stayed with us Friday night and they went to play putt-putt and to see Barnyard on Saturday. Ryan went home with Matt and spent Saturday night. We spent Sunday with our Lighthouse friends, the Pecks. We had a great time at their house in Marietta, but everyone was so tired Sunday night after a busy weekend. Please continue to pray for Ryan's cancer to be gone forever and never to return, and pray for his continued good health and no more side effects. If we can get through this experience with only a hearing loss, I will be very happy. I know in my heart that there are side effects for our entire family that we will live with forever-some good and some bad. Thanks for checking in on us and hope you have an awesome week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan