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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 21, 2007


Weekends are too short

Ryan ended up leaving the hospital as expected at 5pm for the 2 hour ride through Atlanata traffic. He slept half the way. We had a great weekend. Matt came over on Saturday for a full day of swimming, four wheel'n and shooting things with their airsoft guns (they shoot plastic bb's). Missy and I went to our Lighthouse friends, the Howard's daughter Sara's wedding shower and the kids were happy to spend the night at their nanny and granddaddy's on Saturday. Ryan's little bald head was a little red Sunday morning from all the sun the day before, oops! We took the kids to see Shrek 3 then back home to finish up yard work that had been filling the rest of our time. 3 day weekends would be so much better! This is the kids last week of school. They are so pumped up for the summer off. Ryan isn't be going to school the first part of the week but we think he should be fine for the last 3 days. We were so fortunate for the short stay at the hospital this round! Thanks so much for sending good thoughts Ryan's way. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan.

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