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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, September 07, 2008


Say it with us, "Go up, counts"

We made Canadian blueberry/raspberry pancakes this morning. I just wish he had eaten them. His appetite hasn't been great lately. He has had a little cold. It seems to be going through the family. I'm sure the Accutane isn't helping. I hope we didn't let him stay outside in the sun too much today. He was complaining at dinner that his scalp hurt. I put some aloe on it twice before bed so maybe it will be better tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, I will be taking him to Coach Gary's clinic after school for a check of his counts. We aren't expecting much change. He lost a tooth today and one a couple of days ago. The bleeding wasn't too, too bad, but I expect his platelet count is still pretty low. And, tomorrow Les is playing in a golf tournament to benefit CURE at the Country Club of the South. It should be a beautiful day and I'm sure he'll have a great time. I hope they raise TONS of money!! Doesn't he look like he's having a blast? He was laughing at Will. We had a great time in the pool this afternoon. Please say prayers for Ryan. Please pray that 1) his counts will be up 2) we are able to stay on this path to get the antibodies in NY and 3) he tolerates the Accutane. His lips are already drying out, and he has been a little irritable. Maybe that is just the cold. Thanks for checking in on us and thanks for your prayers for Ryan. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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