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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.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


We got 1000 tags!

We received this email from Jeff McAfee earlier this week:

Congrats everyone… we made it! We have 1000 reservations!
There are 902 reservations on record, but Renfore Outdoor Advertising and Butler Lexus have agreed to purchase 100 tags as part of an upcoming Butler Lexus’ “Joanna Tag” promotional campaign.
I can’t tell you how appreciative Misty, Paul and I are for all everyone has done to make this possible.
Please let the fine folks at Butler Lexus and Renfroe Outdoor know how much you appreciate not only their significant donation to get us to 1000 reservations but also the commitment to widespread distribution of the “Joanna Tag” once it goes into production. We have our sights now set on surpassing the “other” cancer plate currently in production, they have about 38,000. The model that Butler is using for their “Joanna Tag” campaign could be used by car dealers all over the state!
I am so proud of what we, together, have accomplished. It has been 2 years of dreaming about reaching this milestone. Now, it’s up to the state to get them manufactured and made available, and a full-blown marketing campaign for us to get sample plates in tag offices all over the state.
Joanna would be so proud.

Thanks to all our family and friends that reserved a tag. I hope it won't be too long before we can put them on our cars. There is a link to the left for more information on the tag. You can register for one of them at your county tag office.

We had a houseful at our house last night! The boys and the girls all had a great time. Heidi and her friends looked beautiful as they headed out to Homecoming (yes, they are twins!). We are looking forward to JSP Day today with the Pecks and lots of friends. Tomorrow Ryan will be back at school and I have my 3rd treatment at Emory. My friend, Karen, has been very insistent on going with me, and for that I feel very blessed. She is great company. Last time, we sat and laughed and felt kind of conspicuously youthful and fun. I won't let Les go with me. It is just too much for one person to watch their child and their spouse go through the needle sticks, the pumps, the every detail of our treatment. Just too much! I know he is strong enough to handle it all, but he just shouldn't have to. Maybe it only makes me feel better that I can take something off of him, but I guess it is worth that. Thanks for checking in with us. Please continue to pray for our strength and that Ryan will go without fever this week. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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