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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, February 28, 2009


In the hospital ????

Never has this happen before ! Will's school called with Will experiencing leg pain and could hardly walk. Missy's mom went down to the school to pick him up and take him to the Dr. about 2:30. An X-ray shows a fracture in his foot but he also had a major rash on his legs. The Dr. sent them over to the hospital where Missy met up with them. Will and Missy spent the night after a quick diagnosis of HSP. Its an infection or virus stemming from a sore throat or cough, which he had. Kind of crazy to have to stay over but what can you do.
Ryan's and our friend Katie came over yesterday and hung out with Ryan most of the day. Ryan has not been going to school and an independent hair has him wanting to stay at home by himself ? We will be working out a home school schedule for him next week. On Monday, we have an appointment at Egleston to hopefully qualify for a stage II trail on ABT-751. This trial has shown significant results in reducing and stabilizing wide spread relapse. If Ryan's blood counts can hold up to this new chemo we will be in good shape.
So hopefully Will and Missy will be home shortly. Its going to rain all day so we will be likely staying in but tomorrow we are supposed to get 2-4" of SNOW!!! that's spells FUN!!! Play safe, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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