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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, March 01, 2009


Come On Snow!

OK, don't laugh, but I just have to say that we are not usually the sick crowd. I can't get over how your life can change so quickly. I just don't want to get used to it and I don't want my kids to look back someday and think we were always sick. Will seems to be feeling better. We gave him some of our prescription nausea meds last night and that seemed to help his stomach pains. We're just trying to keep nausea and pain meds in him. He actually thinks he's been empathetic to Ryan all these years. Maybe this will help him see otherwise! The swelling in his right ankle has diminished greatly, but his arms are hurting now. No pain in his joints, just the muscles. The rash is a good deal lighter and hasn't spread anymore. It's hard to keep him with his feet up.
The kids are watching for snow. I hope we get some for them to play in, but I don't need anymore clothes to wash!
Les and I are trying to make some decisions about Ryan going to school, but I think we may have to wait till after our meeting tomorrow at Egleston. We'll have to see what sort of side effects he'll have from chemo, if he can even get it. Our friend, Katie aka Pinkey came and stayed with Ryan on Friday. He had a great time, as he always does with her! Thank you so much, Katie! We love you!
Next Friday is St. Baldricks. We are looking forward to it. If you'd like to donate to Derek scroll down a few updates and there is a link directly to his page. He is a little over halfway to his goal. We are so thankful to him and many others who are shaving their heads for childhood cancer.
That's it for today. Have an awesome Sunday and please pray for a cure for all cancers. Love, Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and SuperRyan

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