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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Almost Home

Happy New Year!
Thanks for all the well wishes for Hans and for a good trip. Wishing everyone a happy healthy new year as well!

We had a fun little three day trip to the Poconos. We all got some serious snow time. Although Kevin grew up skiing, we didn't think Hans would necessarily be able to hang through a whole day on the slopes at this point. We spent time sledding and throwing snowballs and making snow men. We also swam a bit in the indoor pool and hit the hotel game stop.

We turned out to get kind of a funny hotel. It was sort of a stretch to call it a 'resort'. I was a little worried when I went to book our room and it was the ONLY place that had any rooms left. So, if you need to know where NOT to stay in the Poconos - just ask! It was just a little divey, with things kind of old and falling apart. Ah well, we made it! And I think we'll actually have a lot of fun remembering that place and all of its shortcomings.

So, now, we are about to hop on the plane and make it home. It's Kevin's Birthday today. Happy Birthday to a sweet daddy. Your devotion to our boy is awesome!

Hans is on Day 4 of the MLN8237. It isn't hitting him as hard this time around, as far as the "mild euphoria" goes, so that's good. His hair is shedding quite a bit, but he still has quite a bit left. I did give him a haircut the other night, so it'll be easier to manage the shedding. He doesn't like it falling out at all. He still finds stray hairs and pats them back onto his head. Yet, he still takes his meds!



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Kevin!!!

Glad you all had a memorable snowy vaca. Tell Hans that I think he looks mighty handsome with or without hair!

Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, cousin!


Anonymous said...

Glad you all had a good time on vac. You will all laugh and say "remember when" in years to come about your 'resort'! And we agree with Aunt Holly - Hansie is a handsome little dude! Hope he is able to make it back to school soon and see all his little buddies. He can share his resort vacation!
Love, G.Kathy & G.Dale XOXO

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR KEVIN! You are a special person, particularly a special Daddy!

Hans...You are a dashing dude, with or without hair!

So glad your mini vacation was memorable, if but a bit questionable. I bet the snow was fun!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy