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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.

Saturday, November 01, 2008


He's home and loving it!

You can relax. Ryan has done a great job with this injection. He threw up only twice and had no fever. Les and Ryan held a video conference while he was getting his antibodies. That was cool, he really liked that. We were able to go back to the Ronald McDonald House on Thursday and caught an earlier flight home yesterday. He was really looking forward to Halloween ! He got straight into costume and hit the road with a vengeance. He is so resilient, he is unbelievable. I was pretty sick and hardly able to take care of him. No, really it was more like him taking care of me. The four days seemed like 14. I learned a valuable lesson that no matter how badly you don't want to be sick, sometimes you just can't help it. You'd think I had already learned that, right? I got some medicine today to help with my cough and my breathing, and I have a couple of appts. set up for next week to make sure I am on the mend. Ryan spent some time today at his Nanny and Grand-daddy's with his buddy, Matt. I call that the best of both worlds. He is spending tonight at Matt's and I'm sure have a great time. I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has helped me out in the last couple of days. I have some great friends and family, and I am very thankful for them. Ryan and Les head back to NY on Tuesday. He will have this next injection, and then he will get a break from going to NY. He'll do a couple rounds of low-dose chemo or accutane before heading back. Believe me, he will love the break. Thanks for your many prayers, Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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