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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.

Monday, May 11, 2009


All smiles this afternoon

We had a slight scare with the platelets this morning. Even after a full compliment of premeds, about half way through the bag, Ryan sat up and said he tasted something in his throat, then something in his chest. The nurses came in and gave him another dose of Benadryl and steroid. His lip end eyelid started to blister and they gave him a shot in the arm of Epinephrine. That got him back to normal. He is so laid back when all the action is happening. I think its good calm nurses and PA's ! Another blood test then a bag of blood and a pep talk to Ryan from Dr. Sholler about coming back in 6 weeks (which Ryan wasn't buying) and we were out of the hospital by 4:15 ! He was all smiles at 4:16 ! On the suggestion of our nurse, we headed to Pizza Putt to celebrate. It's a place where you eat crappy pizza and dump tons of money into video games - HE LOVED IT :-D
We just got back and have to get ready to leave here no later than 5:45am. We get into Atlanta at 9:30. Will and Heidi are also coming down to pick us up at the airport. That makes us even happier. Next update will be from the ATL. Thanks again for cheering us on up here in VT.
Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

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