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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.

Monday, October 29, 2007


No day at the BEACH

We are home from the mountains! We had such a great time. We had great weather, great food, and really great company. We are so thankful to the Pecks for opening their mountain cabin to us. As you can see from the pictures, the kids had fun throwing knives, shooting guns, riding horses, and swinging out over the beautiful stream that runs along the property. We sat out late everynight roasting marshmallows by the fire and carved our Halloween pumpkins. Thank you, Jay and Lanne, for bringing all the toys for the boys. They will never forget this weekend.

We stopped by Dr. Gary's clinic on the way home to get Ryan's labs drawn and got a call from Erika around dinner time with his counts. His white count is 0.4 and his hemoglobin is 7.7 (below transfusion level). He will get labs again on Wednesday at the clinic and most certainly blood. That will make him feel better for trick-or-treating. I'm sure he will have fun at the clinic in his "mad-bloody-surgeon" costume. We asked about his scan and she called us back quickly with those results. We have been really worried about it all weekend, but are thrilled to report that there are two areas that lit up. Both were there before and both look better than on the last scan. He will continue to get labs M, W, and F until the harvest which will probably be next week. He is tolerating his shots at home much better than we are! Please pray that his counts go up as we hope and they can get a nice harvest of stem cells. The central line won't be put in until they know for sure, they will be able to get the stem cells. Lots of love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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