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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, November 07, 2006


Giving Thanks Everyday

Big news! Ryan's nose was actually dry when he woke up this morning! Woohoo!! It doesn't stay dry all day, though. He got a good check-up at the ENT's on Monday. Dr. Stolovitsky still wants him to see an allergist so we will look into that. He got his flu vaccine today. He and Will both got a dose of the flu-mist. Heidi got one last week. More cheers- she made the basketball team and was elected president of the Beta Club- a big week for her. Ryan finished up soccer last week and starts back at karate on Monday. Heidi and Will's last games are Saturday. On a sad note, my aunt passed away last Wednesday. I was able to attend her visitation and funeral with my sisters and my mom and dad. It was a nice couple of days together. Please pray that my uncle can find purpose and joy in everyday. They were married 58 years. Ryan's next set of scans are being scheduled for December. We will post when we know for sure, but I think one is on the 19th. We would love clear scans for our Christmas presents. Thanks for your prayers for Ryan and for all of us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Want some candy?

We had a fun Halloween yesterday. We got our pumpkin carved and took it to my brother's house for all the festivities. He lives right on Broad in Statham, and the kids have a great time trick-or-treating on his street and then scaring all the trick-or-treaters that come up to the house. It was a nice night and we all sat out on the porch and watched all the kids (and lots of grown-ups, too) in their costumes. I know before we left they had given out candy to over 500 kids. Ryan was an alien, and Will dressed up as Les during his high-school days. Mackie even put on his police costume and came with us. Heidi went trick-or-treating with her friends, but dressed up as a basketball player. She had threatened to be a Georgia Tech fan, but I told her that was too scary for me! She is trying out for the basketball team at school this week. Cross your fingers! Ryan is feeling lots better. He had had a few irritable days, but made it to the hockey game Saturday night with his Dad. Several kids in his class went as a reward for reading. He goes back to the ENT next Monday for a check-up and I guess I will call and see about him seeing an allergist. Just can't get real motivated to do that. I need to get him to get a flu shot, but our pediatrician only has the flu-mist, and I don't think he can get that. Iwill try and post some pictures from last night. Thanks for checking on us, and please keep praying for Ryan and his friends. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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