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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.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Checking in Tomorrow

We've had a fun filled day today. Ryan's buddy, Matt, came early this morning to play with Ryan. We went to see "Walle" and then went to Chucky Cheese for pizza and 200 tokens! I took pictures and I'll post some tomorrow while we are sitting around the hospital. We are supposed to check in at 12 noon tomorrow at Scottish Rite. Ryan wants to go by the mall first and see the people who are living in a car to try and win it- a local radio station stunt. He has an MRI at 1:00. We will be on the Aflac floor, and we hope to have a nurse we know. They will check his counts and make sure his platelets are good and high for the surgery on Friday. We managed to get the tattoo taken off tonight, but no luck with the rest of the red paint. Please pray that the surgery is as easy on Ryan as possible, and that he has a fast recovery. We will post when we can. And- please pray for our friend, Carrie, as she gathers with friends and family to celebrate Luke's life on Saturday. I know it will be extremely difficult for her, and we wish we could be there. Thanks for checking in on Ryan and for your many prayers and well wishes. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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