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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, June 24, 2008


Big news!

We met with Dr. George today. The plan is to go in and remove what is left of that spot we gamma knifed. They will recheck his platelets on Friday-they have to reach 100k before he can have surgery. I am guessing it will be the end of next week. After he recovers from that, we will go ahead with the radiation-10 days, I think. Then sometime after that, we will go back to NY for the antibodies. It all sounds so simple, but I so dread telling Ryan about it. At least I have a few days to prepare, he is still at camp.
We got a special treat running into Jared and his mom and dad at the clinic today. They are friends of ours from the Lighthouse. Jared was in for his yearly checkup. They are such a great family.
After our appt. we hung out with Smith and Julie for awhile before heading down to the airport to pick up Les's mom. It is so great to finally be back home. That is all the news for today, enough for me! Please start saying prayers for Ryan and his doctors. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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