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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, December 21, 2008


He's counting down the days...

I was surprised last week to see that Ryan already has 60 ornaments on his Lunch for Life Christmas tree. Thanks, Cheryl and Nanny and Granddaddy! I knew it was that time of year again, but I hadn't put anything on his website because so many people have reached out to help us personally these past few months and I'm not about to ask you to do more. You can learn more about Lunch for Life at the link above or to the left, but it raises funds specifically for Neuroblastoma.
Ryan is doing ok. He is so dried out from the Accutane. 2 more days. He finished radiation on Friday. Thank you, Karyn, and all the wonderful women who took care of him. They arranged for Georgia State Patrol officer, Curtis Bradshaw, to meet Ryan and give him a special gift-a football signed by Mark Richt just for Ryan. He loved it and he loved sitting in the patrol car and turning on all the lights! Thank ya'll so very much!
We are looking forward to a visit from our friends, the Howards, tomorrow. It will definitely be a fun time. Thank you for your prayers for Ryan and for me. Please keep praying for a cure for this terrible disease and a cure for all cancers. Pray for all the children fighting, for Jackson and for Joshua, and so many others. Hold your family and friends close and be thankful for everyday. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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