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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.

Thursday, August 30, 2007


Fever, ugh!!

Ryan and Les are headed down to Scottish right now. Ryan started with low grade fever after school yesterday. We had his counts checked at Coach Gary's clinic after school and got the results this morning. His ANC is 0 and both hemoglobin and platelets are below transfusion levels. So, he will spend most of today in the clinic. At least he will be in a space right away and not hanging out in the ER. He doesn't seem to feel bad and, of course, didn't want to go. He will have more energy after his transfusions. They will just have to wait for his ANC to come up so he can fight off any germs and infections. He does have a sore on the inside of his cheek from his chemo. Tomorrow is Les' birthday, so we will likely be celebrating it together in the hospital. Will and Heidi will probably go to the Winder-Barrow /Apalachee game with friends. It is the big game of the season, and I know they won't want to miss it. Thanks for checking in. Please pray that Ryan has a short, healthy stay at the hospital. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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