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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.

Friday, January 26, 2007



TGIF!! It has been a long week, and I probably owe apologies to more than one person that has crossed my path this week. I have been more than frustrated by the number of children who are suffering from Cancer and the lack of funding, awareness, and essentially better treatments and a cure!!! Then with Catie's passing, I was just so angry. And then our little friend, Nathan, in Colorado received bad news of his cancer progressing, too. Our friend we went through treatment with, Caroline, got questionable scan results, and has been having some possible symptoms of relapse. All of that, combined with the constant dread of relapse that any family who has had a child with cancer lives with made for a really bad week. Fortunately, the week ended on much happier notes. Our friend, Patrick, whose family had traveled all the way to Philadelphia to prepare for MIBG treatment, got the awesome news of a clear MIBG and won't have to go through that terribly intense treatment. I literally sat at my desk at work and cried. I needed that almost as much as they did. Almost. Caroline got a beautiful, clear bone scan report, and today- the best news. Catie's mommy gave birth to a BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY baby girl!! Please continue to pray for them, for Ryan, and for all his friends. Please do what you can to raise awareness, to raise money, to bring these chilren their hope and their cure. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan PS: Ryan is doing great! I signed him up for soccer today!

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