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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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Happy Birthday, Will!

Ryan has been feeling great since we got home on Friday afternoon. He went with his Uncle Steve and cousin Nick to the Georgia Force football game on Saturday and had a great time. We heard he bypassed autographs with the football players to get a few from the cheerleaders! Sounds just like Ryan. Will was bummed he couldn't go, especially since he got the tickets for them. He and his buddy, Jackson, attended a Ga. Force football camp last week and got some great tips on playing football. He is going to try his hand at it this fall instead of soccer. It is going to be a big change for all of us. He has played with a lot of the same boys for a long time. Heidi and Will had to swim Saturday at League Championships. They did well and brought home all kinds of ribbons and medals yesterday at practice. Sunday was Will's birthday party. The rain held off long enough for all the kids to enjoy the pool. Ryan had labs drawn yesterday afternoon in Athens, we stopped for a quick visit with his teacher to see Adalynn. She is really growing. They have started a blog to keep their friends and family informed on Adalynn's surgeries and progress. If you would like to visit their site, click on Ryan's next appt. is Thursday for his bone marrow aspirates/biopsies. Thursday is also Will's birthday, so we are going to see the new Harry Potter movie at the IMAX if Ryan is up to it. Please pray that he won't have too much pain and that the results will show no cancer. We are fearful the insurance company may not want to pay for the harvest and storage of his stemcells if there is no plan as to what to do with them. We will certainly put in a good plea for that, but first it has to come clear. We will post as soon as we get results. I just got a call from the clinic with Ryan's lab results. His white count is good, but his hemoglobin and platelets are at or near transfusion levels. Since he shows no signs of slowing down, and it looks like his counts are climbing on their own, we will hold off until Thursday to see where they are then. Unless, of course, he starts to feel bad, then we will go on in. Thank you for your prayers for Ryan. Please continue to pray for a cure for everyone. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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