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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.

Sunday, January 06, 2008


Happy New Year!

You can see who managed to stay up and ring in the New Year. Will's buddy, Jackson, celebrated with us
, and Heidi had quite a few friends over, too. It was a quick holiday. We had to go back to school on the 2nd. It was nice to sleep in everyday and get some rest. We took in a movie or two and the boys got to go shoot paintballs. How do you like our new car tags?? There is a link on the left of this site where you can order your tag ( any state). We are excited about raising more awareness of pediatric cancer. Ryan seems to be doing ok on his oral chemo. He did get a sandpaper-like rash on his arms, legs, and back. It itches occasionally. He has a check-up on Tuesday at the clinic. After this week, he will get a week off the meds, and then we repeat the cycle over and over again. Please pray that it is working .
Les and I are sneaking off on Thursday for a little R & R. We are taking a cruise to Cozumel. We are really looking forward to it and really need it. I have been feeling better. Food finally tastes good and I was able to go for a pedicure today. That was a major accomplishment! We'll get back just in time for my pre-op. As much as I am dreading the surgery, I am really looking forward to getting it over with. Please pray that it goes well and that the chemo has killed all the cancer.
Thanks for checking in on us and thanks for your prayers. A friend of ours could really use your prayers, as well. Please pray for Taylor and her family. They are having a rough time right now trying to control her pain. We hope that 2008 holds much happiness and good health for all of us. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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