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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, July 09, 2007


Faster than normal weekend !

Saturday was the state qualifying meet about 1 1/2 hours up the road. Ryan chose to play the whole day at Matt's house and ended up coming home with one of Matt's bikes that he mastered while he was there. He was so proud of himself. He has been riding it every day. Both Heidi and Will qualified for state in various events so we will find ourselves near the Florida line for that meet in 2 weeks. We plan on heading straight down to Gulf Trace, Fl. after the meet to hang out with our good friends Melinda, the Howards and the Pecks at the Lighthouse Retreat. We get to bring my mom down this time so we can't wait to share the awesome experience with her. One of the events this weekend was the opportunity to take Ryan to Road Atlanta and ride with the BMW race club courtesy of our friends Chris and Julie Alain, Ethan's mom and dad. We had a great driver named Jon Bridges (Jon & Amy Bridges also are deeply involved with the Lighthouse) who drove Ryan around the track several times on the parade laps. Jon gave Ryan the choose of a driving in a Porsche or BMW, he picked the Porsche ! We road behind them in a Beamer. At 50-80 mph, it seemed pretty darn fast when your not the one driving. We talked Missy into a few hot laps after that with Jon reaching 140 mph in tight traffic! It took the rest of the afternoon to stop her stomach from spinning. Ryan on the other hand has been feeling really good still and we are praying we can make it through the week without having to check into the hospital. Thanks for checking in on Ryan. Love Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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