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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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007



Just a quick update to let you know of some good ways coming up to help raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer. Lauren's Run
A Run & Walk Benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer
Sunday, May 6, 2007 8:00 AM
Piedmont Park (Meadow Area – 10th Street across from Grady High school)
10th Street @ Charles Allen Drive
Atlanta , GA

St. Baldrick's This is the 8th year for St. Baldrick's and they have raised over 8 million dollars for pediatric cancer all by shaving their heads!! We have supported one of Ryan's favorite oncologists every year, Dr. Rapkin, and this year we will also be supporting one of our friends from the Lighthouse, Taylor!! Yes, a girl, a beautiful girl, and her dad are both shaving their heads this year for St. Baldrick's.
Relay for Life is approaching fast and Ryan is going to enter the Miss Jr. Relay pageant again this year with his friend Candler. They make a beautiful pair of girls!! He had his first soccer game of the season last night. They had a good win and Ryan scored a goal! He was pretty proud of himself. Heidi's team finished 2nd at the basketball tournament. They played very strong, and we had a nice little trip. We had really hoped to stop in and see Catie's mom, dad, and new sister. I couldn't believe how close we were to their house, but unfortunately, they were in Atlanta. Please continue to pray for them, and for Maggie whose latest treatment hasn't shown any improvement. And please pray for Nathan, too. His cancer is progressing and options may be running out. We are feeling very blessed that Ryan is doing so well. We had his IGG repeated last week, but it hasn't shown any change. The improvement in his runny nose must be due to the new nasal spray. We will keep using it and be thankful. Thanks to all of you for checking in on him, and if you can, please support the above causes and pass the word on to your friends and families. Quite frankly, we are past ready for the cure!! Much love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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