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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.

Friday, January 08, 2010



Pictures and memories are simply a bandaid on the broken hearts we all still have. I have so many of both. Most of the time they bring smiles to my face but they also bring sudden and utter sadness, like falling off a cliff.
The 6 months that have passed have felt like forever. I wish I could hold Ryan and Missy both, I wish for many things...
The only one I have some control of is making sure Heidi and Will continue to be happy and healthy. To make sure they know Missy and Ryan are in awesome hands and that they are watching over us. Heidi and Will have pressed on with unbelievable strength. I am so proud of them. They bring laughter into what could have been a very quiet and solemn house. I can't thank them enough for that. They mean the world to me, as do the precious memories of Missy and Ryan.
Sadly...Les, Heidi and Will

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