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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, April 06, 2008


Happiness is the best medicine

I'm almost afraid of jinxing it, but we did have a pretty smooth, calm weekend after our trip to the ER on Saturday morning. Ryan has felt good and eaten lots. He will be hanging out at my mom and dad's tomorrow with his cousin, Nick. I am nervous about leaving him, but hopefully my chemo will go quick enough and I will be back home before too late. The picture is from Saturday night a week ago. Heidi and Will made us very proud at their Perfectly Polished Spring Formal. We watched them dance many dances with other kids, but their smiles were brightest when they danced with each other for the sibling dance. Thanks for checking in on us and please keep praying for Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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