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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.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Ryan has three more days of radiation left, 3 too many as far as I'm concerned. This evening after his shower he was sitting in my lap. He slowly pulled his fingers through his hair and showed me several strands. "Oh no" he said. We are hoping that he won't loose all of it. He is not aware of the new surgical scars on his head and we were really hoping to avoid that stress or any others for him all together. School starts on Friday and we want him to be happy and excited about going. There is never a good time for any side effect. I just HATE all the treatment that saves his life :( Our hearts are so heavy watching the tremendous load he carries.
He did take time out of his busy schedule today to hand out gifts of appreciation to large contributors of "The Lighthouse" at a golf benefit at the Saint Ives Country Club with founder and a good friend of his, Melinda. Keep praying for his strength to endure.
Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
Soon you will be done with this part of your treatment! I hope you don't lose your hair, but I am sure you look just as handsome without it! Good luck with starting school...we dont' start here for a couple of weeks yet!

Take care and we are thinking of you all!

MariClair Schneider
Hey Guy's

Sounds like radiation is about over. I hope all the insurance stuff got worked out and you can move on to NY. A little boy from MN may be in NY the same time as you. If so I will give you his web site. Please call me anytime if you want to ask questions about anything. Prayers and positive thoughts to you all.

Love, Team brAvery
I agree completely about the frustrations of treatment. I long for easy and effective and ache for Ryan that he carries the load he does.

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