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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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Today was pretty tough. We headed out at 6am, 18 degrees. This is the first time he has had to do both MRIs back to back. He watched "The Simpson's" during both MRIs which was a nice distraction. He tried really hard, as usual, but he needed a little break three quarters of the way though. His neck began hurting really bad. We also had his labs drawn. We should hear results tomorrow. These test results, along with others will be sent to Sloan to wrap up that trial and then their findings with Scottish Rite and Egleston reports, will go to St. Judes in Memphis to start down the next possible path of humanized antibodies to help protect the rest of his body. He spent the rest of the afternoon at my office, working. We brought a play station to keep him busy. That along with snacks and root beers! who would want to go home? Thanks for your many prayers for our tough guy. He is an unstoppable trooper who continually amazes us. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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I don't know how to use your Daily Chat (or maybe I'm too long winded to fit in the allotted space). Anyway, Erin's fencing lessons are done by our city's continuing ed program, where folks can learn how to knit, use powerpoint, or a hundred other little things. If she likes it and doesn't get sicker, we may try to find some private lessons later. As it is we just show up in a school gym an hour each week, and someone else provides the epees and gear. I think about Ryan and you and your whole family every day, and are always up for reading what you have going on next.
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