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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.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


He is hanging tough.

Chemo Day 3 is about to begin. We are in the clinic for our first chemo here. We had a really good day yesterday in spite of the long night of beeps. With chemo starting at 10:30, the fluids ran another 3 hrs. He was happy to wake up Wed "unplugged". We were whisked off to play games at "Startime" for a few hrs. by our dearest friend (who played hookey from work and we won't name for her own protection) :) She knows how much we love her!! We got fluids started around 2 and was able to leave around 6:30. We did have a major party in our room for several hours. Our friend, Kellie, came by and our favorite nurse, Dawn! She and Ryan sat on his bed raised as high as he could get it to go and spit spit-balls! They laughed and laughed! We rationalized that it was good exercise for his lungs!! It was really nice to get home and sleep in our own beds. We should be out of here today around 2:30. We are hoping to hear something about his marrows, surely by tomorrow. Thank you all for your prayers for Ryan and all of us. We are hanging in there praying hard that these drugs knock him back into NED status. Much love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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