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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, December 24, 2007


Merry Christmas To All of You!

Our house is full of excitement today. The kids are all ready for Santa and hoping he thinks they have been good. For the most part, they have been good, very good. Les and I have already gotten the best present we could have hoped for with Ryan's test results. Our only other desire would be a cure for Ryan and all our friends. Ryan's giving tree will donate over $5300 (s0 far) to help make that a reality. Thank you to:
Sarah And Walt Bailey
Randy Sherry Taylor Caylee Mayci Miller
Mark & Hannah Smith
Nanny And Grandaddy Bailey
Heidi Morgan
Jsp Childrens Foundation Smith And Julie Peck
Cheryl Cyman
Will Morgan
Heather Sullivan
Steve Davis
Gramma & Grampa Morgan
Brandi Sullivan
Allison Emerick
The Robitscher Family
Fonda Sullivan
Brenda & Bobby Hunter
Anne Scott
Christy Vickery
Lauren Mcswain
Buddy & Carolyn Smith
We also want to thank everyone who has been so kind and sent cards, gifts, food, and well wishes to the house. I hope that I either sent a thank-you note or an e-mail or made a phone call. Please forgive me if I overlooked anyone. You can imagine how crazy things have been around here lately. Except for the fatigue, I feel pretty well. Ryan shows no sign of fatigue-he is going 90 mph. He starts his VP-16 today. Please say a prayer that he won't feel any side effects (especially for the next couple of days).

We hope that ya'll have a Merry, Merry Christmas filled with much joy and peace. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Cherish every minute! We are off to lunch at Outback (Thank you Haymon-Morris Middle School!) and a movie. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I saw a special on Good Morning America about "Band of Parents" raising money for Neuroblastoma this morning. It was great to see information about Pediatric Cancer research on such a big show and let people know how much is needed for research!
I hope you all all having a wonderful break! Happy New Year, and see you soon!
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