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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 Out!

We have not been able to update the site at the hospital. Their security system won't allow you to bring up personal blogs. :( Thanks to Lauren McSwain we can update on her computer!! We checked in yesterday around noon and Ryan zipped through the MRI which showed that the tumor had shrunk to 25% of its original size!! He said that would make it easier today. We had lots of company last night. The Howards all came including Lauren, and Sarah and Ryan. We missed you, big Ryan! Melinda, Pinky, and Elizabeth (Lighthouse BFFs) came too. Ryan had such a great time. It really kept his mind off things. He got red blood last night and platelets about 3 am. He slept all night. We actually had to wake him up to get some time with him this morning and get him to brush his teeth. We went down with him to surgery. He was very calm. We got a call that surgery had started at 9:17. We got another call around 10:30 that they had sliced and frozen a specimen and sent to pathology. We got another call just a few minutes ago that they were doing the intra-operative MRI and would then put in the ommaya reservoir, and then close him up. I can't wait to get him awake and talking to me. Thanks for your many messages, phone calls, and visits. We are being kicked out of our room here on the AFLAC unit, and are moving to ICU (hopefully not for long.). Please keep praying that he doesn't have any complications-no bleeding, no infection! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We love ya'll! Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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