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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.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Silver, Bronze and ORANGE!

Today was a big surprise for Ryan at Hooter's. Thank you Kasey, Tonya and Larry for making it such a great time for him. Don't you love the shirts? There were many magazines to go around for all Ryan's friends (and their dads). Calendars, t-shirts, shoes, and a football autographed just for Ryan by Fran Tarkenton all packed into a "SuperRyan" monogramed suitcase! He could not stop smiling the whole time we were there. Also a very special visit from Hooters International winner, Brea Ashley. Thanks, also, for our friends that were able to join us. Ya'll are so awesome and we love you!!

All together we brought home 5 medals- and one very cute puppy-from Tifton. I won't go into details about the meet. Just know it was long, very hot, and there were many gnats! We did pick up little Dixie, an 8 week old mini-Dachshund, and Ryan absolutely loves her (as do the rest of us!)

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