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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.

Friday, May 08, 2009


Da' Burr-ger

At home, Ryan can't stand a new piece of furniture or a new picture or any change for that matter! So dealing with a new hospital and new nurses, physicians assistance, doctors, researchers, child life specialist and a myriad of other new things, puts him in a very defensive/angry mood. I hate that these new doctors can't see the awesome Ryan we all know. I'm afraid they won't either. It didn't happen in NY. After we leave the Hospital though, he is all Ryan. We can't wait to be catching the 7am flight out of here and headed home on Tuesday. I'm trying to get Ryan to eat but all his pain medicine is subduing it. We are hoping that once this Nifurtimox builds up in his system, the pain medicine will be reduced, then eliminated. I did get to see some before and after scans that show just how effective this new treatment is. We are very excited !! Will keep you posted and thanks for all your prayers, Les Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
While I TRULY believe "faith is the belief in things not seen," I don't always reach that level in my spiritual quest, so I am definitely psyched about those scans that you SAW with your very own eyes! As I know you are too! Praying for your spirits to stay lifted and for continued comfort and strength!
7 am planes are wonderful when they're headed home!

Grace to your whole family during this stressful time.
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