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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, April 02, 2008


Spring broke...

Ryan said it best when he said "this is the worst spring break ever!" We have been at SR since Sunday morning when he woke up with a 103+ fever. Les brought him down and the fever went away, but he developed a splitting headache. They did a CT on Sunday and some MRIs on Monday and Tuesday. It looks like we are headed to Piedmont for the Gamma Knife tomorrow morning. They will transport the three of us by ambulance there and back and Ryan will spend the night back here at Scottish and should be able to go home on Friday. He has had a terrible time with the steroid they put him on, but they dropped the dosage this morning and hopefully that will help. He only has to be on it a few more days. Heidi and Will are headed down this morning so that should really help things. He had a fantastic surprise yesterday-or should I say prank. Smith came dressed as the Easter Bunny, and that was pretty cool by itself, but when he took the big bunny head off Ryan was so shocked! It was priceless! It was what he really needed, thank you so much Smith. Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers and also for the neuro-surgical team.
Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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