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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, November 24, 2008


Gettin' Tanked!

We are posting from the Aflac clinic today. We got here just a little after 8 this morning and should be out sometime before 4. What a long day, but I am so glad I got to see so many of our nurses, drs, and other folks that work so hard taking care of all these sweet children. Patty has taken fabulous care of Ryan and I. His uncle Jim came with us to keep Ryan busy and happy with the video games. He got blood and platelets to give him a little boost. We have decided to take a little get-away trip for Thanksgiving. It won't be same not being at the farm with my family, but we're trading in for what I know will be some much needed fun, rest, and probably a little mischief! Our friends, the Pecks are coming with us as well as Les' parents and his sister, Cheryl. We have been having a great visit with them. My friend Karen's parents' church brought in an entire ready to cook Thanksgiving dinner for us to throw in the car and take with us. Thank you everyone at Corinth! That was so perfect! Well, I need to get back and check on Ryan. You can't leave him and Jim unsupervised for too long! :) Thanks for checking in on us and for your many, many prayers. We love ya'll and we hope you have a very happy, full, and blessed Thanksgiving. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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