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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.

Friday, August 03, 2007


Day 5 of Round 5

These are just a few of the Flashes of Hope pictures we received. Aren't they
wonderful?? I just love Ryan's little smile. As you can tell, he was much happier having his picture made with Dr. Rapkin than me. I will post more in the coming weeks, but these pictures will always be treasured.
Les took Ryan in this morning for the last day of chemo this round. He will be happy to be de-accessed this afternoon. He did get red blood yesterday so hopefully that will keep him at home. He lost a tooth on the way home yesterday. I was a little worried about his platelets, but the bleeding wasn't too bad. Now, if only it won't be a source of infection. We got a visit yesterday at the clinic from Michelle from Camp Sunshine. Will is looking forward to sibling camp coming up at the end of August. And we got a visit from Kellie. She brought Ryan a birthday present and gift cards for Heidi and Will so they don't feel so left out of everything. We are so thankful for her friendship. She is doing an awesome job raising money for the hem/onc unit. Speaking of that, I want to tell you about another fund-raising opportunity. Check out Play for Patrick to see details of a golf tournament coming up in September at the Druid Hills Golf Club benefitting Neuroblastoma Research at Aflac here in Atlanta. This is definitely where we want our money to go. We are hoping to get our fund-raiser going on Ryan's site before school starts. Today is our last day with Gramma. We are going to go out and do a little tax-free shopping. Tomorrow we are going water skiing with the Peck clan. They are so awesome to put this day together for our kids. Will has just been dying for it ever since he watched Ryan ski when we were at Rosemary in June. Thanks for checking in on us and please keep up your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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