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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 03, 2008


Three More Days of School!!!

This last round of chemo has probably been the easiest on Ryan so far. We got a bit of a late start on Tuesday, but was able to back it up four hours on Wednesday and another four hours on Thursday. He normally has some nausea when we can't do it first thing in the morning, but he didn't have too much of that on Tuesday or Wednesday. He went to school each day. We de-accessed him at home early Saturday. As I expected, Les did it without hesitation. No problem!
Ryan swam in our first swim meet on Saturday. All three of the kids swam very well and got many ribbons. He has done better and better at practice. Tonight he practiced with the big kids, and I know he felt like such a big kid practicing flip-turns. We have another meet Thursday night in Jefferson. I will try and get a few pictures to post.
Friday is our last day of school-finally!! We are the only county still in school and all the kids (not just ours) are getting a little antsy. So are a few teachers I know!
A good friend of ours could use your prayers. Please say a prayer for little Luke Webb. He is having scans tomorrow and we want to see improvement after his second MIBG treatment. Please also ask for strength for his mommy. She is doing this by herself and has been doing an incredible job, but I know her fears all too well. I can' t imagine having to take care of Ryan alone. I'm not sure I would have the strength for that. Thanks for checking in on Ryan. Please keep praying for his happiness and good health. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I found Ryan through Luke Webb's blog page. I am one of the Nuclear Techs that took care of Luke in Orlando. I'm so glad he has gotten to meet such wonderful people as your family & that Carrie has so much support. Ryan's story is another amazing one to strong he is fighting this nasty disease. I wish the cure would come soon. I pray for every one of these kids every day. I wish everyone in your family a wonderful, HEALTHY summer. Ms. Diana (Arnold Palmer Hospital, Orlando)
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