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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.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Whats that suitcase for...

Ryan was feeling a little lethargic last night. We gave him a Tylenol and hoped a good night sleep would turn him around. At 2 am, he hit 102 so we new the trip to Scottish was inevitable. One more Tylenol to get him through the night just so we come check in at the clinic where the best team in the world could look after him rather than head out in the middle of the night and be admitted to emergency. We always hate having to go that route. I had told him we were headed to the clinic to get fixed up, he immediately responded with, " we're coming right back, right? I said " I sure hope so" ! Then he asked the obvious, "what's that suit case for then?" Oops. We were whisked right in at 9 am and started on antibiotics. Labs confirmed that his counts had bottomed out. I am excited to move to the hospital. The Aflac floor is now on the 1st, having just completed the move from their long time home on the 3rd. Ryan's portrait is apparently hanging over there also! He is getting blood right now and sleeping peacefully. We will likely be here at least a couple days. Love Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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