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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.

Monday, May 07, 2007


One day down.

These pictures are from Lauren's Run yesterday. It was great to see some of our friends there. It was really great to finally meet little Izzy, Catie's new sister. What a doll! I got to really see her awake and alert today at the clinic. Her mommy and daddy were there to bring the nurses a big cookie for nurse's week. What an amazing family they are. Their strength is inspirational. We continue to lift them up in prayer, and I hope ya'll will, too. Ryan's chemo got off to a late start this morning so we weren't able to leave the clinic until 4:30. The port access went fairly well-no tears! He did have to look at the needle first, though. Our nurse, Ericka, is so awesome. She just went right to it, and it was done. No time to fret about it. My dad went with us to keep Ryan company, and Ryan loved that. My mom and dad are taking him tomorrow. We feel so lucky to have their help. We did learn that they will recheck his marrows and repeat the MIBG scan the last week of May. Please everyone start praying today that this scan will be ALOT darker than the last and that his marrows will be clear of any cancer cells. Thank ya'll so much for your love and support. You don't know how just your kind words can lift us up. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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