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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 13, 2008


We are both finished!

Ryan finished up all his tests this afternoon and I had my last radiation treatment. Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!! We are all missing Ryan and his Daddy very much. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate tomorrow for smooth flights. They don't expect to be home until around 4:00, but they are flying into Winder, so that is really nice. There was a little mix-up this morning with his CT scan. He drank all the contrast, but the tech told them they were missing some of Ryan's bloodwork. I don't know how that was possible when they took 12 vials of blood on Wednesday. They went on to the bone marrow aspirates (back drills, as Ryan calls them!), and then went back and did the CT afterwards. The pain medicine they gave him worked great, but he was hurting again this evening. We still don't know any results, and I'm guessing with it being Friday, we won't learn anything until next week.

The kids have to be in the pool at 8 am for warm-ups for their swim meet tomorrow. I am so glad we are hosting the meet here in town and don't have to travel. Tomorrow is the Pentathlon. Each swimmer has to swim all five events. It is usually a fast meet since there are no relays and no 6 & unders, and a lot fewer 8 & unders than usual. We are hoping to pick the guys up right afterwards. I'm sure we will be hanging close to home for Father's Day. Les will be able to put up his feet and relax! We will go and see my Dad for a while, too. We are heading for Rosemary Beach on Monday and so looking forward to it. It is going to be the break we have all been waiting for. Thanks for checking in on us and we will let you all know as soon as we know something. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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