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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 26, 2007


Just Can't Catch a Break

Les and Ryan went down early to Scottish Rite for his scan. It was the first time his port was accessed when he was awake. Les said it didn't hurt thanks to the "cold spray" as Ryan calls it, but that he was very anxious about it. They had a while to wait around, but at least now the scan is done. Ryan thought it was pretty cool to see his skeleton. He said he could even tell that he was smiling. :) They got back home around 2, but were only home a couple of hours when they had to turn around and go back. Ryan started running a fever, and then we got a call from Erica with his counts. His white count is 0.5 and hemoglobin is 8.4. He will get blood when it hits 8.0, so he will probably get some tonight or tomorrow. As of now, they are still in the ER waiting to be transferred upstairs. They accessed his port again tonight, and he is getting fluids. We got a call this afternoon from Camp Sunshine that a spot had become available at Family Camp this weekend, and Ryan wants to go so very badly. I just don't know if I can see that happening. His soccer coach brought him some boots for four-wheeling. I can't wait for him to see those. He is going to love them. Thanks, Coach Thomas! Thanks to everyone for your calls, messages, and offers to help us. I wish there were something to do, but all I know we need is prayers. Please pray that Ryan's fever goes away and he can come home. Please pray that the chemo is killing the cancer cells now and forever! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Les just called and they are in room 322. Ryan's last temp was 102 :(

Guest Book:
Great game on tuesday! I can see why your site has "Super Ryan" in it. You are a super soccer player and I'm willing to bet you are super in many other ways also. Just wanted to let you know we won our game on thursday. I told the team since, you had not been feeling good the week before and you came out tuesday and gave 110% that they needed to do the same. You were our insperation. I hope you like the boots I sent you, maybe we can go riding togather when you get to feeling better. Hang in there buddy and as an old coach told me "everything starts with your heart, you can be as big as you want and and fast as you want but if you don't have heart your not going any where!"
Now I know what he ment when I see how much heart you have. Ryan, be strong and thank you! You are in my prayers.
Coach Thomas
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