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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, May 04, 2007


A good day.

We had a much needed really nice day yesterday. I went with Ryan's class on their fieldtrip to the Blue Willow Inn. They had lunch and a lesson in table manners. We were disappointed that Matt didn't get to go. Ryan really misses him. His chicken pox is just about over with. His birthday party is Saturday, and Ryan is really looking forward to it. Ryan's hair is coming out slowly. Today is Hat Day at school so he won't be the only one wearing one! We have Lauren's Run Sunday morning. You can send donations to this awesome group at They are funding research at AFLAC and Emory for our cure. Ryan collected all the pennies in our change bucket yesterday for the Relay for Life penny war at his school, but we agreed that we would give all the silver to Lauren's Run as it benefits CURE. You can scroll back to our entry from last year (March, I think) to see how Relay does not give to children's cancer. Our relay is this coming Friday night and Ryan will be in the Miss Jr. Relay pageant with his buddy Candler. They won last year because they raised $1000.00 just on that night. He should be able to participate even after a week of chemo. He starts back on Monday. Please pray that he avoids a fever after this next round. Thank you, Heather, for the new Relay sign in the yard for SuperRyan! The pictures are from yesterday's field trip and Heidi's 8th grade dance last Friday. She went to Chattanooga yesterday with her Beta Club and brought Ryan a necklace of a shark's mouth that actually opens and closes. He loved that. Please continue to pray for Ryan and all the other children who are battling this disease. Please pray for a cure. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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Hi Morgan family! Just found out about Ryan and just wanted to let you know that out thoughts and prayers are with you. Justin said tell Ryan hi.

The Simmons Family
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