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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.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


2 days down, 3 to go.

The nurse came out Monday around 11 and accessed Ryan's port and got the chemo started. She showed me how to hook him up and unhook him and left. I unhooked him after an hour. It was pretty simple. He begged for food the whole time and I gave in. He ate most of a pretty big omelette and a few bites of blueberry pancakes. As soon as we got in the car, he threw it all up-in his bucket! He never gets far from his bucket when he is nauseous. He slept for awhile after that. Today was much better. I took the chemo out of the fridge at 3 in the morning, gave him his Temador and Zofran at 4 and started the chemo at 5. He woke up around 7 and asked if I had done the chemo yet. Not bad, eh? He went to school and stayed all day. He does so much better in the morning, so this is going to work out great with me doing it at 5 am. Thanks for your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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