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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, April 20, 2007


I'm tough!

Ryan will be having Day 4 of chemo today. Considering how bad he felt the last time he had chemo, he is doing awesome. He moves around pretty carefully and slowly. I think his chest is still a little sore from putting in the port. He complains that it is itching. He was able to get a haircut yesterday after we got home. You can tell from the picture of him in his new shades how bad he needed one. We just didn't have the heart to get it cut really short, even though we probably should have. He was happy with it, and does anything else matter? Jena came and loaded a bunch of tunes on his IPod. He will be enjoying that today during his treatment. He is so much more mature as he goes into his treatment this time. He had not understood that it was the chemo that made his hair fall out-not the cancer. Thanks again for all your prayers and kind messages. Please keep praying that this treatment will kill all the cancer cells in Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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