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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.

Friday, October 27, 2006


The adenoids are outta here!!

Ryan is doing AWESOME!! We had an early start at 7 this morning and then we waited 3 hours in the waiting room. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? I would have loved sleeping in on a cold, rainy morning. His surgery was over and we were back with him within an hour. He is only taking Tylenol, unless we see that isn't going to do the trick. He will start his antibiotic tomorrow and restart the Nasonex, at least for awhile. Dr. Stolovitsky wants him to see an allergist, but I don't think he has allergies. We'll go that route to make sure, but I am just not feeling it is going to help. Hopefully, taking out his adenoids is going to do the trick. He was very entertaining this morning while we waited. He wasn't too happy about having to put on a hospital gown at first. He said, "Does this make my butt look big?". What a hoot!! Sorry we haven't been able to repair the Daily Chat. We have been trying, and we miss everyone's posts. Thanks for your prayers for Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


S'not another week?!?

We got a call from the ENT's office and Ryan's surgery will have to be put off until next Friday. There were some conflicts with the surgical center, and it was too late to have it moved to Scottish Rite. Bummer! I had rearranged my entire week, but I guess I can do it again next week. It is probably a good thing, actually. Ryan has a little cough and this gives us more time to get rid of that. So, we are looking forward to Six Flags on Sunday. Ryan loves to see all the people dressed up as ghouls for the Fright Fest, and we are definitely looking forward to seeing our survivor friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Another great family camp weekend

Thanks, Camp Sunshine for another great family weekend. We got to meet some more great families and even one whose little boy had NB and has been off treatment for 3 years. He was such a normal, sweet little boy. As you can see from these pictures, we carved pumpkins (Martha's got nothing on us) and made family quilts. We will always treasure the family projects we bring home. It just wasn't the same without Kerri. The camp and all the families will really miss her. So we are back to work and back to school tomorrow. Ugh! Ryan's adenoid surgery is officially scheduled for Friday at 9 am. He is so glad it is this week. He is really hoping this will fix his runny nose. Please say a prayer that this does this trick for him, and, of course, that the surgery goes without any troubles. This seems like no big deal, and it shouldn't be, but you never know what can happen. We will post afterwards and let you know how it goes. Please, also say prayers for my aunt who has been battling lung cancer. They have decided to stop her treatment, and I know the coming months will be very difficult. Les and I are hoping to go and see her in a few weeks. As always, thanks for checking in on us. Have an awesome week. Love always, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Thursday, October 12, 2006


More pics of our fun

Here are just a couple more from our trip. As you can see the boys caught our lunch on Wednesday. Will, Ryan, and Max caught some delicious trout, and had fun cleaning them, too. They are definitely all boy. We had the best trail ride on Tuesday at the Chattahoochee Stables. It was a beautiful day and we rode along the river and crossed it twice. You can see how deep the water was. The kids (and me too) thought it was lots of fun. We had a nice ride home today, and are ready for Family Camp tomorrow. We have been busy with just the usual stuff. Ryan is doing well at soccer. Will got his cast off, but still has to wear a brace and use his crutches. Next Friday is Ryan's surgery to take out his adenoids. We are really hopeful this will take care of his runny nose. We are supposed to go to Six Flags that Sunday to celebrate with other cancer survivors who are no longer on treatment (thanks to CURE). We will have to see how he is feeling. We have several friends who need your prayers. Please pray for Patrick, Dustin, Nathan, and Catie, and please continue to pray for Ryan. As always, thank you for taking time out to check on Ryan and for your prayers for him and our family. We are so thankful to all our friends and family who rally around us, love us, and lift us up. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan


A Fun Fall Break in Helen

Here are just a few of the pictures we took this past week in Helen. It was so nice to get away and spend time together. We had a nice walk up to Anna Ruby Falls, played mini-golf with our friends, the Stapletons, and carved one of our Halloween pumpkins. This one was designed by Ryan. I am going to try and post another set of pictures.

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