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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.

Thursday, September 25, 2008



We have gotten several calls about various pups, but no Dixie yet. We received a call last night right after Ryan was on Channel 2 from a total stranger. She offered to up the reward to $700!! A friend of ours here from SC offered up $200, and then another offered $100 to make it an even thousand!! Shortly after all that excitement, Jenifer from WSB who interviewed Ryan for the Aflac Care-a-thon, called and offered another $100. So now our reward stands at $1100. Maybe that will get some creep's attention, or their grandmother, or their neighbor, or just somebody who has seen Dixie. We are so appreciative of the outpouring of concern and love for Ryan and our family. We are working on making our children aware of all the goodness we are witnessing in the midst of the bad.
Ryan made it through three days of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills at school. He left today right after he finished the testing. He is just dragging with his hemoglobin so low. We got confirmation today of the test on Monday. It usually takes several days to get results. Please start praying that his counts will make a good jump and we won't need the aspirates, but that if we do, the results will show no cancer in his marrow and bone. We will keep you updated on Ryan and his puppy. Thank ya'll from the bottom of our hearts! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
Hello, I would like to offer a puppy to Ryan if Dixie is not found. I show and breed standard longhair dachshunds and have a litter of seven eight week old puppies right now. My heart aches for him. If you would be interested please contact me privately. Sincerely, June Mann
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