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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, February 27, 2008



A week later and Missy is worse. We took her to the Emory ER last night because her high fevers just keep coming back. It appears there is an infection complication from the expander. She has started a broad base antibiotic and will be heading to the OR this morning to have fluid removed that has caused a lot of swelling and pressure. I'm sure they will keep her a few days to continue the antibiotic and make sure they have zapped the infection.
Ryan is feeling well but his counts had not rebounded enough to start chemo after 3 weeks off. He should be able to begin next Monday. Will has the flu and has been out of school for the last 3 days, hopefully he is on the mend to get back at it tomorrow. Heidi has been going 100 mph with both JV and Varsity soccer, 3-4 games a week, practice every day after school and on top of that, Basketball practice daily, to get ready for State championships beginning this Friday in Savannah, whew!. We'll be back home Saturday night. I'll be so happy when that's done! Please keep Missy in your thoughts and prayers. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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