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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, July 04, 2008


Happy 4th!

We all had a great time at the Lake Lanier WaterPark yesterday. It wasn't unbearably hot, so that made it really nice. We are looking forward to a slower pace today and some good family time. My mom is cooking ribs and all the fixins for everyone at the farm. We have a few fireworks left for tonight. Ryan picked up a few gruesome tattoos yesterday. He put one on his bald spot (where they did the gamma knife) so it looks like his brains are hanging out. It looks like maybe his hair is starting to come back there.
Ryan has an appt. at Emory Winship Monday morning to prepare for the radiation. I tried to get an appt. to go back to see Dr. O'Regan at the same time, but she is on vacation. It will be nice to get this appt. out of the way before his surgery. They will make a net-like mask that goes over his face and fastens to the table to hold him perfectly still. He will have fun with it afterwards. Speaking of fun, we are thinking about heading to Helen on Sunday for some tubing. We hope the water level isn't too low.

Please pray for our dear friend, Carrie. Her little Luke passed away on Tuesday. They are back in Florida today with their family. She has been so strong and brave taking care of him by herself. Our hearts are just broken for her.

We hope you have a wonderful 4th with your friends and family. Thanks for checking in on us and for your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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