- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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I think we have been busier since school got out than we were before. Swim team has been going for a few weeks, and we have a few more days of evening practices before Heidi and Will start their 7 am schedule. We actually have a practice meet tonight. Ryan is very disappointed and mad that he can't swim on the team. He has been a little Barracuda since summer of '03 and just can't understand why we don't want him in the public pool. He can swim in our pool all he wants, but that just isn't enough for him. It should be easier for him to deal with when the kids start their morning schedule. He is going to help out at the practice meet tonight handing out ribbons and selling candy in the concession stand. His bone marrow aspirate is scheduled for tomorrow at 10. We are hoping he will do as well as he used to. He had a considerable amount of pain afterwards when it was done in April, but he was also lying in the bed and that might have had something to do with it. Please pray that his marrows are clear of all cancer cells. We likely won't get any results until the first of next week. Round 3 of chemo starts next week with scans on Wednesday. Also, please pray that his scan is much much darker. He is really looking forward to a fun event this Saturday. Ferrari of Atlanta, Camp Sunshine, Yashin Corp.,and the Ronald McDonald House are sponsoring "Dream Ride for Kids". He gets a police escorted ride through Atlanta in either an exotic muscle, sport, or classic car. We will post some pictures on the weekend. Thanks for checking in on us,and please continue to pray for Ryan and for all the children who are fighting!! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan