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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, November 06, 2008


Still at Emory

We are missing the kids terribly. Missy had her first round of chemo tonight as her battle starts to regain her health. The original cancer has metathesized and has also created a secondary and more dangerous effect called DIC. She is unbelievably brave and determined to win no matter what is required. Her family, friends and faith have kept her in good spirits for the most part. We are very anxious to hopefully get home tomorrow to be with Heidi, Will and Ryan. I am hoping she will let go of them long enough for me to get a hug or two in! We wait daily for labs to help with daily decisions. We will have a nurse at the house on Sunday to take labs. There have been many ups and downs in a very short period of time. It is hard for her to talk without coughing and getting very nauseous. She just doesn't have the air capacity at this time. Pray, pray, pray, that's all we can ask. Love Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan, who, went back to school today for the first time in more than 6 weeks, good job Ryan :)

Guest Book:
I am so sorry that your battle is starting yet again. You are a tough and very brave warrior. I will step up my prayers for you and of course Ryan. I hate that you both are having to fight so hard to be both deserve a break.

Hang in there and Les, you are mighty warrior yourself...

Nancy Vinson, Matthew's Mom
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