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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.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


We're going in...

Ryan's surgery has been scheduled for Friday the 11th for the residual tumor extraction and ommaya port placement. He will have 2 weeks to recover, then move to 10 days of whole brain radiation. We are hoping to start radiation July 28th. This will take us through August 8th and then be available to start 3f8 as soon as we can in NY. It's a lot, we know, and we are going to work as much fun as we can into all of it- and Ryan's birthday falls in the midst of it, too. (Is there a special surprise brewing ??)
His platelets were 67,000 today. We saw lots of friends from Camp Sunshine and got some more details of Ryan's week. He has been holding out on us. He got the "pre-teen heart-throb" award at camp. Evidently there were a few girls who hung close to him last week. We are still working on getting the red paint out of his hair.
That is all for now, too tired to think about all of it. Thanks for checking in on us. Please keep Ryan in your prayers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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Buckets and buckets of prayers are being poured all over every one of you! We're glad the plan is set now let's just get 'er dun!! Please let us know if there is any way we can help with the hectic, fast-paced schedule. Lots of love from the Pruitts
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