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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.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Headed to Scottish Rite

Ryan had a pretty listless day. I'm sure his hemoglobin is low, but he has an appt. tomorrow at the clinic. I'm surprised his mouth hasn't been bleeding. That is our usual sign that he needs platelets. Anyway, I'm updating tonight to ask for prayers for Ryan and Les. For safe travels to SR, they've been gone about 20 minutes, for Ryan's head to stop bleeding, and for him to sleep quietly all night, and hey, throw one in for Les' nerves. He wouldn't let me go with him. We both knew I needed to stay here with Heidi and Will. They were traumatized seeing him have a seizure, and then there was a lot of blood. I know this update doesn't make any sense. It's all over the place. Ryan didn't sleep hardly at all last night, and Les went and laid down with him in his bed. Les had been back in the living room about 15 mins when we heard a loud noise. Will was the first one to him and he was in the floor, blood on his head, having a seizure. We all went him and talked him through it and got cold, wet cloths for his head. We couldn't get it to stop after about 15 minutes so Les put him in the car and took him down. I hope that explains our prayer request tonight. This is one side effect of the Nifurtimox. I'll update when I get more information. Thank ya'll so much your love and prayers for Ryan and Les. We love ya'll. Les, Missy, Heidi, Will, and Ryan PS I've been wanting to update to thank my friend Carla, and her neighbor and friend who owns Franklin Gun Shop. She came by earlier this week with a cap, a t-shirt, and a few air-soft/b-b guns. Thank ya'll so very much!!!

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