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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.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


Hanging out at Scottish Rite

Still no fever, which is an awesome thing!! Unfortunately though, still not too much of a white count either. It looks like we are going to be here another day, and may even be lucky to go home tomorrow. :( Les is bringing the kids and my parents down in a little bit and Will is going to stay and spend the night with us. Ryan loves that idea! He has been playing all morning with Kellie, having a great time shooting stretchy frogs and making slime. He got a little bit of a nosebleed, and with his platelets so low, they have started a bag of platelets. We got a call from his buddy Matt's mom this morning, and Matt woke up with the chicken-pox. They drew titres to see if Ryan has any immunity to chicken-pox, but the results won't be back until Monday. We are hoping that him being out of school since Wed. has helped keep him from being exposed. His white count was up a little this morning to 0.9, but his ANC is still not computable. That simply means he doesn't have anything to fight off germs with. So please pray that he won't develop any chicken-pox and that his white count will go up and he can go home. He would love to be back at school on Monday. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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