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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, March 30, 2007


Reality check...cancer style

Just when you feel you have everything under control and you understand that a fever or a cough or even sore muscles and bones should not worry us, that it's all just normal every day things that occur in healthy children...Ryan's catecholamines come back high. This is not a normal occurrence. So as we head to the beach for a week of fun in the sun over spring break with the kids, we also get to add a dash of worry and a sprinkle of anticipation of what the retest will show when we come back and verify the numbers. Then having to move Ryan's scans forward a few weeks if they remain high or go higher. We are praying hard that this is an anomaly and the retest will have his HVA and VMA numbers back to their previous, beautifully normal range. So cross your fingers and toes, and put a good word in for our superbuddy with the big guy because we desperately want Ryan to stay on the remission track and not the re-admission track. We all love Ryan so much, thank you for staying with us. Les , Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I am PRAYING this is an anomoly. I know kids who have had false positive due to foods they ate before the tests.

I hope you can get your mind off of it a little and enjoy your spring break.
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