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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, October 04, 2007


Not the day we had in mind

I am feeling especially sick from turmoil and desperation today, to top it off, I stumbled upon this ad for CureSearch. Yes, I took a liberty and modified it slightly with Ryan's name and picture but I know many faces and names that could be in that ad. Hope and denial usually gets me through most days just fine. We met at Egleston this morning after fighting a miserable 2 hour rush hour. A special thanks to Kellie for hooking us up a parking spot, on the sidewalk, at the front door!! We were only 20 minutes late. We were supposed to meet with a variety of Doc's to plan out a tentative treatment course but only the bone marrow transplant team showed up. The stem cell harvest should happen in three weeks or so. They will put another set of central lines in Ryan's chest to facilitate the pull of the auto-transfusion machine. His counts look good for chemo to start on schedule this Monday. This band aid approach is wearing really thin on our nerves and we are so desperately hoping someone will call with a great new drug that seeks out and destroys all the cancer cells circulating in his body. Today has just not lifted hope any higher. What to do..what to do. Love to all, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I happened across Ryan's website today while I was looking at links from Kaitlyn and Colleen's (Australia) blog. I will make time next week to go back through all of your entries.

I can tell just from browsing that your family has a great attitude and spirit for fun!

My daughter is a ten-year-old soccer playing NB relapse patient (well into two and a half since relapse) and going strong. I have no doubt the same is in Ryan's future.

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