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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.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


Did somebody say "beach"?

Thank you, Melinda and all the Lighthouse volunteers. We had an incredible week at Rosemary Beach. Our Lighthouse friends, the Peck family, were there and brought more of the Peck clan. We had a great time getting to know Lori, Hunter, and Roz. They took great care of us and we are so thankful. Lori hooked Ryan up with a world champion trick skiier at a nearby ski lake for a private lesson. He was so brave having never done it before. He was up on skis in no time and then took a ride on Cory's shoulders while he skiied. We also got to watch some young girls demonstrate trick and slalom skiing. Ryan absolutely loved it!! One of the highlights of the week was the talent show. Melinda helped Ryan put together a Fear Factor eating contest. He picked 10 contestants to eat some yummy, but disgusting looking treats. I don't know if he had more fun during the show or in planning it with her. This was an unusual retreat for us as there were four other families of children with NB. It was great to meet more families who have gone through what we have. It was also great to reconnect with families we have not seen in a year. Ryan is off to Camp Sunshine tomorrow for a week. It is going to be so difficult for us, not for him. He won't miss us a minute, except maybe Mackie! Thanks for checking in on us and please continue to pray for Ryan and for all our friends who are fighting. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
Ryan -

Just wanted to stop by and say hello and to let you and your family know what a pleasure it was meeting all of you at "the" Lighthouse. I have a GREAT picture of you and my brother Jon that I would love to send over.

The Fear Factor skit was awesome but I have to say I really enjoyed watching you arm wrestle Jason Green!!

Again, hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and God Bless!!!

Judy Roman
Hey Ryan.
Boy, what a great time we had at Rosemary. It was fun throwing you around the pool. Of course, you got your revenge by dunking me on pool night. I'll getcha back next year. :)

Jon Watts
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