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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.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Bon Voyage

Ryan got a good check-up from the clinic yesterday. We don't have his counts, yet, but he weighed a record 48.8!! He is supposed to go back in 2 weeks for another check. We are planning on getting labs at Coach Gary's clinic, and maybe save ourselves a trip to Atlanta. Les and I are very excited about our trip tomorrow. The kids are excited about spending time at my mom and dad's. They love being on their farm.
We are thrilled to report that Lunch for Life (The Christmas Giving Trees) raised a little over $250,000.00. That brings their grand total to $1,163,536.23 for neuroblastoma research. Thanks again to everyone who bought ornaments.
Ryan got a special surprise from his buddy, Morris, at the hospital. He made Ryan his own employee badge (as he is always stealing everyone's). We will post a picture our little "Chief of Doctors" soon.
Thank you all for your prayers for us. Please say a prayer for our friends, Taylor and Maddie. Taylor's family is going through what parents should never have to, and Maddie has scans this week. We will post pictures next week from our trip. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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