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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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Getting close to the harvest.

Sorry for the delay in updates. We have been so busy. I kept Ryan home from school last Thursday, and he had to go to the clinic on Friday for blood and platelets. He woke up in the middle of the night Wed. night bleeding in his mouth. We went through an entire box of kleenex and wrecked a towel getting it stopped. I was a little nervous there for a while, but Ryan stayed calm the whole time. Friday was an incredibly long day. He got platelets first and then blood. The blood had to be stopped not long after it started. He started breaking out, probably from the platelets. We all managed to make it to the last home football game Friday night and had a really good time. Our team even won! Go Wildcats!! Heidi and Les took off early Saturday for her soccer tournament and Ryan and I went to Cartersville to see Jena give up her Miss Teen Ga. crown. Fortunately, my sister and her kids went with us. Ryan was so glad to spend time with Nick. It was great to see Jena and her mom. Ryan sat on the front row taking pictures of all the pretty girls with his camera phone. He picked a blonde with a day-glo orange dress that turned out to be the 2nd runner-up. He loves pretty girls!! I will post some pictures later. We got to spend Saturday night with the Pecks at our house. That is always a good time!! I took Heidi back to her tournament on Sunday, and the boys got to spend some time together at home. We got Ryan's counts checked yesterday, and they have come up quite a bit. Erika called today and his white count was 4.7! Wow! He has to go to the clinic for counts in the morning. If his counts are just right, they will check for the magic number for harvest. There was talk of getting blood (hgb-7.7) so his central line could be placed on Thursday! Please pray that all of this goes smoothly, and that they are able to get all the stem cells we need. And please pray that Ryan is able to tolerate all this. He has been through so much lately, and I am sure is sick of all of it. Thanks for checking in! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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