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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, August 22, 2008


Not enough bounce in his counts

It has been a really busy week. Everyone is back to school and getting used to bedtimes and homework. I can't believe our baby is in his final year of elementary school. It's gonna feel strange (and old) not to have a kid at Bethlehem. Ryan had counts done at Coach Gary's clinic last Friday, and again today. His platelets are not high enough to start chemo. We are going to have them checked again on Tuesday at the clinic and he will see Dr. George. We may skip this round and go on to New York, but we'll have to see what happens on Tuesday. He has made it ok at school so far. He was a little sick today and actually fell asleep in my room. I guess that's what happens when your hemoglobin is 8. something.

Will is off to Sibling Camp. I know he is having fun. Thanks, Camp Sunshine! Ryan is out with his BFF, Melinda. He is definitely having fun! Thank you, Melinda! We love you!

Some of you may heave heard Ryan on WSB today or yesterday. They played our interview on the radio. The WSB Care-athon raised over a million dollars for the Aflac Unit at CHOA. There were some great stories, and I haven't heard ours yet, but we will be receiving a copy soon. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made a donation.

Please say a prayer for Max and his family. They are having a tough go of it right now, and could use your prayers that the change in chemo drugs will beat back Max's cancer.

Also please pray for Luke's mom, Carrie, as she is struggling without her little Luke.

Thanks for checking in on us and please keep Ryan in your prayers. Love, Les, Missy , Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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