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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 11, 2008


It's a 10

Ryan is recovering in the PICU, and we have all invaded the waiting room just waiting to go in and see him. Les did get a peek at him as they rolled him by. Dr. Reissner said that on a scale of 1 to 10, the surgery was a 10!! Woo-hoo!!! What more could we ask for? They got all of the tumor and verified that with the MRI. The biopsy was positive for NB. We all knew that in our hearts. He said that Ryan only lost 3 tablespoons of blood. I know the hard part is over, but not for Ryan. The next couple of days will be tough. Please keep praying for his recovery. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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