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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Birthday weeks coming up!

Ryan has been feeling great. He hasn't really slowed down. We are still shampooing twice daily and putting the antibiotic cream on his incision sites. It looks good to me, but I am no doctor. We got an email from Erika that Dr. Reisner gave the ok for Ryan to go ahead with radiation a week early. I just don't know that we can get everything ready in time though. He has to go to Emory to have the mask prepared and they have to have time to plan his treatment. And- we have to order his chemo. We will probably just leave it as is since we are doing his birthday party next Thursday night and going to Tifton next weekend. He got a cap in the mail yesterday from our new friends, the Rice family. We shared a house with them at the Lighthouse. If you make your mouth really small and stretch out the "o" you might sound like Ryan when he calls Olivia "Minnesota". Thanks, yall! He loves the farting card, too. We had lots of fun with that yesterday.

Speaking of yesterday, we got to babysit our little friend, Adalynn. She was such a great baby. We had a lot of fun playing with her and remembering what it was like to have a little one in the house. I think Will and Ryan enjoyed her as much as me and Gramma.

Gramma is flying home today. We are all going to miss her a lot, and we're so thankful that she was able to come for a visit. Heidi comes home tomorrow from soccer camp. We have been missing her all week and can't wait to go pick her up. Saturday is Will's birthday. I can't believe he will be 13. He has grown up a lot this past year-in many ways. I have been really proud of him lately. He has been so helpful and especially thoughtful while I was sick. He has taken over many jobs around the house and usually does them without any complaints. He will be having friends over on Sunday to swim and celebrate. The kids have a meet on Saturday. He is hoping to allstar in long-free. That would give him 5 for this year-the most he's ever gotten in one year. Way to go, Will

I went to see Dr. Losken. No news there. I go back in 2 months. Ugh! I didn't know he was from S. Africa, too, and knows Dr. Reisner. Small world, eh?

Thanks for checking in on us and for caring about our family. We have loved receiving your messages and it makes us feel strong. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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