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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.

Friday, June 06, 2008


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A couple exciting things happened today. Ryan came with me tonight to get gas and decided to do something he had never done before, make a call from a payphone! Did you know is now costs .50 cents to make a 10 minute call !! I guess that's not bad if you compare it to his cell phone bill. We finally have an appointment at Sloan in New York. It will be Wednesday and Thursday next week. We will get all the registration out of the way, initial exam then hopefully MRI and bone marrow aspirates? That would be great if we could get all of that accomplished before leaving on Friday. We plan on coming back home to go to the beach for a week then Ryan will head to camp for a week. Then plan to get back to Sloan to start the procedure. There will just be two, 10 days or so for each one separated by a four week break. My cousin Christina lives in Manhattan. It will be nice to catch up with her. She will bring a lot of "city savvy" and good advice to us. We have another swim meet first thing in the morning. The kids are all doing fantastic this year. We'll keep you posted next week on Ryan's progress. Love Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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