- Name: Ryan
- 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.
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We are home from the beach! We just don't know where to begin to thank everyone. Thank you, Melinda for setting up the whole trip. It was just what we needed. We spent the entire day Thursday on the beach. The weather was gorgeous as you can see. The first picture is Ryan and Jay Peck out in the kayak. They flipped it shortly after this picture! The other picture is Ryan, Les, and Les' sister, Cheryl.
We owe another big thank you to the entire Peck family for joining us at Grayton. We always have such a great time with them and we love them dearly.
Jimmy is back in Vegas, Cheryl is back in Hawaii. We had a wonderful visit with them and we owe them a big thanks for coming out to see us. Thank you, Cheryl, for taking such good care of me.
We had a huge surprise waiting for us when we got home. Our house has been decorated for Christmas! It is absolutely gorgeous. They didn't leave a room without a surprise. There are towels and soap in the bathrooms, dish towels and cookies and treats in the kitchen, and treats in each bedroom including a stocking and pj bottoms for each of us. There is a life size singing Santa and a gorgeous live Christmas tree with a train around it. We are finding new little surprises everytime we turn around. Thank you Chuck, Robin, Caitlin, Emily, and Zack Pitts, Dodi M., The Greens, Katherine Davis, The Blantons, The Hess family, Jason ("Ricky Bobby"), Beth, Lynn, Robert, Cathy, Deanna, and Grace Ann. Ya'll are amazing. You have definitely put us in the Christmas spirit. We are so thankful for your hard work and your generosity. I am going to post pictures of the house after this post. I can only post a couple of pics at a time. Thanks everyone for checking in on us and for your prayers. We love ya'll! Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan