Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not again

I found out today that my cousin's daughter has been diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 11.

It is in her right shoulder. It is a rare kind and aggressive. She started chemo on Monday. She was in the hospital 3 days with a constant drip.

She will wait 3 weeks and then go in for 5 more days for the constant drip. She has a 95% chance to make the first year. I guess they will do this hoping it will shrink enough to remove it surgically. The treatments will continue as long as it is working.

The Make a Wish foundation has told her make a wish and they would see that it comes true.
We are all devastated, but are keeping positive that she will someday be completely well. She is in God's hands. Please pray for her!

There just seems to be no end to this. As a mother of a little boy who died earlier this year of neuroblastoma cancer said, "Something has got to give".

To anyone that is reading this please click here and light a candle to show your support for Trista.

L&L x 11...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23 memories

Our niece Kristin was born on this day 26 years ago. I was so excited to be an uncle, albeit only by marriage.

Sue and I went to the hospital that night to meet Kristin for the first time.

Happy Birthday Kristin! Where did the time go? I have great memories of Kristin and Laura playing together when they were little. They would giggle and giggle. No greater sound in the world than that of children laughing.

10 years ago today I ran my first marathon with Team In Training at the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon.

I remember at the 23 mile mark feeling so alone thinking I will never run another marathon. I drew on the inspiration of my hero Kelly to make it to the finish line that day. Kelly had relapsed a month prior to the marathon. Her fight was just beginning again. Little did I know how long a fight it would be and how much fight she had in her. That is one thing that no medical procedure can tell you. How do you measure someone's heart? No test exists for that.

I rode 28 miles today with the TNT fall cycling team. The race to find a cure for blood cancer goes on.

Love you Kelly!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

L&L for Zoe x 1,000,000

Enough already.

Yesterday Zoe's Mother Deb , joined Kelly and Laiken and is free from her cancer forever.

There are no hospitals in heaven.

Cancer no knows boundaries. It is heartless. It is also stupid.

Zoe wants to raise $1,000,000.00 to honor her Mother.

Love and Light for Zoe x 1,000,000.

Cancer, you lose again. This time to an 8 year old girl. Game on!