- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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I hope you can tell from the pictures what a great day we had Saturday at the lake with the Pecks. Thank you Matt, Lori, Hunter, and Troy for such a great day! The kids wake-boarded, skied, and tubed all day. It was nearly dark before we could get them off the lake. Matt did give Ryan a special suprise just before leaving, a Honda 50 to use as long as he wants! (pics soon) Thank you!! He also got a remote control skier from their neighbors Mike and Jen for his birthday. Ryan is still doing well from his last round of chemo. Maybe this is the week we get lucky an he'll stay out if the hospital...we need some good news right now after the horrible news we got this morning. The cornerstone of our family, the one that gets everything paid, our lives kept in order and perfectly scheduled, the one that gives us all the love and energy we feed off of, has unwillingly joined Ryan's special club. Missy was diagnosed with cancer today. We have a long way to go, starting with her first appointment this Thursday to draft a winning game plan. We didn't see this coming but we must deal with what has been laid before us one day at a time. To try and look the big picture is just too overwhelming to even comprehend. We realize this will come as much a shock to you, all our friends, as it did to us. Please keep Missy and Ryan in your thoughts and prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and Ryan