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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


Super Ryan's a Super Star

Ryan is starting to get this interview thing down pat. He did great today when interviewed by Jennifer Leslie of 11Alive News. She and photojournalist, Charles Olmstead, came out to school this morning to interview Ryan and I, and it will be on the Early Show tomorrow between 5 and 7, then a few more times during the day. Our hope is that someone will see it and return Dixie and maybe even my computer and the sentimental items from my jewelry box. It may seem like a long-shot, but I know it can't hurt. At the very least, I will know I have done everything possible to get her back. Thank you, Jill Becker for making this happen for Ryan.We got his counts back today. His platelets went from 30 to 32, hemoglobin went up to 7.9 (hooray!), but his white count is hovering just over 1.0. His ANC did drop a bit. We are perplexed, and worried. We went ahead and scheduled bone marrow aspirates for next Monday. They will check his counts first, and if there is a significant jump, we'll cancel the aspirates. Please start praying now that there will be a decent rise in his blood counts.I haven't had any time to start replacing any of what was taken at the house. Les and Ryan are going hunting this weekend with Smith, so maybe I can get somethings replaced. First on my list is a camera! Homecoming is this weekend, and Heidi and all her friends are getting ready at our house. I definitely want pictures of that!Thanks for checking in on us. Let us know if you see Ryan on the news. We'll let you know if something happens on the Dixie front! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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