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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.

Thursday, July 02, 2009


Five years.....

Today is the last day we will be inpatient at Scottish Rite. We have been fortunate to have been given a great team that has cared for Ryan since first coming here in '04. The change in his health is very evident. Prior to these last 2 weeks, he would beg to get out of the hospital. He attempted on many occasions, bribing the Doctors. He talked his way out of ICU to go home just 12 hours after an 8 hour surgery! Now...he just wants to stay :'(

How do we even fathom what is transpiring? How did we possibly end up with both Ryan and Missy beginning home bound pain treatment the very same day...

How did we get so lucky to have such an unbelievable group of friends and family who have stepped up and gone out of their way to bring so much joy into Ryan's life. For that, we are truly grateful. We are not sure what the future holds but we do know this, we plan on continueing to appreciated every moment, we plan on trying to keep, at the very least, smiles in our house. We also plan to keep praying for miracles...Les, Missy, Heidi, Will and SuperRyan

Guest Book:
I'm so sorry to hear this...I'm praying for strength for all of you.

Always in my thoughts...

I'm not sure what to say? You all have been thru way to much. I wish things could be different. It is amazing how you have held on to your faith and positive attitude. I pray God will be very good to Ryan and Missy. I have asked my ladies from Bible study to pray for Ryan and Missy. Pray that they have pain control and more awesome times with you.

Your family is always in my prayers.

Team brAvery
I have never posted a comment here because I never had the right words. I still don't have those words but wanted you and the entire family to know that I will continue to pray for both Ryan and Missy EVERY day. May God bring strength to you and the entire family. I can not even fathom what you are going through but do know that God has a plan for everyone and everything even though we may not understand it all the time.
Prayers for Ryan and his mother Missy.
I will pray hard for you. Your history has touched my heart. God is merciful and good.
You family never fails to amaze me. I have and will contiune to read your blog and pray for all of you several times a day. Your family has given me a new sense of being thankful for the small things in life. Missy and Ryan are so brave and always have such a positive attitude. I know that God does have a plan- as hard as it is to accept- and will use his grace to make something good of all this heart-ache and pain. Thank you for your shining examples of faithfulness, dedication and love.
We are so sorry to hear such terrible news. Les, your strength is amazing. We are praying for you guys. And sending Missy and Ryan and the rest of your family our love. Missy has been so supportive of us in our journey with Max's battle against NB.
Walk gently and live with no regrets.

I've come often and just left with inspiration to love my boys more deeply and take time with them. I'm so sorry for each of you that there is such pain and difficulty to face. I continue to pray for each of you. Tell Ryan he's prayed for all the way to Canada.

Shelly VanB
We are praying for Ryan and Missy each and every day... There isn't a day that goes by that you are not in our thoughts. We will continue to pray for "GOD SPEED" miracles each and every day..
Jimmy,Valerie and Dylan Staples
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