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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, October 19, 2008


All Together, again.

The weather has turned colder up here over the last couple of days. It was perfect for lunch and ice-skating at Rockefeller Center. We walked down to Times Square just long enough to pick up Ryan a pretzel and then caught the subway back to the Ronald McDonald House. Ryan has loved having Will here to play games. Not sure yet what tomorrow holds. I know the kids want to see Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty, and, don't forget, Central Park. Ryan has been all smiles today, and for that we are very thankful. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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