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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.

Monday, February 08, 2010


There is a lot going on - but I'll try not to be too long!

First off - I need to say THANK YOU to all of my volunteer bakers. It's wonderful to hear how the word gets out for the big bake sale. A lot of first time bakers are joining into the mix. I am making great use out of one Christmas gift - my as seen on TV Perfect Brownie Pan! I love it:) I'm on my third batch of the morning already. Thanks Elle, and mom. The big sale is tomorrow. Can't wait to see how we do. I see these bake sales as a pretty simple and pretty easy way for families to contribute to the CNCF and make a difference. Even families caught up in the midst of treatment can give all or part of a day to bake or work the sale, can recruit a few or a ton of friends to do so as well, we can all chip in and all those little contributions add up in a big way. I do hope we are able to hit the $10, 000 mark for our four bake sales of 2010. We shall see!

I got a very special donation of cookies from a Sweet bakery in Vermont: Comfort Cookies http://www.comfortcookiesinc.com/ if you're up there - stop by and say hi to Laura. I think she'd be happy to give any kiddos on their way to Doctor Sholler a cookie or two! I guess it's not too far out of Burlington. Thanks so much for the 100 beautiful cookies! YUM! Laura is a friend of Vickie B/ Erin's mom. That's how I got the hook up!

We had a special invitation this weekend to a place outside of Brenham, Texas called Camp Periwinkle Family Camp at a place called Camp for All. We joined about 8 other families for some fun. For some reason, Hans was a little hesitant about going for the whole weekend. So - we wound up scaling our visit back somewhat from the others. We went for a very full long fun day Saturday. The others spent Friday and Saturday nights out there. Our trip was long enough to include some canoeing, horseback riding, a little bit of a low ropes course, two meals, and a BINGO night! I hope I wasn't too obnoxious as I won the big Black Out. Elle and I get a little competitive! So, sorry to the other families if we got out of hand! Hee Hee... We did a neat "Wish Float" ceremony and saw some fireworks. Then, Elle was watching a movie and Hans just said he had to go back home! He said he missed his pets too much??? Ah well, we loaded up and headed out, and I was actually happy to be home for the big day when we woke up Sunday. I am sure there is so much that goes into a weekend like that behind the scenes. I'm always so impressed at what people are moved to do.

I had a lanyard meeting and workshop all the way up to the Superbowl. Kevin was rooting for Manning and the Colts - Elle was rooting for Saints. I decided to root for the Colts - poor Colts - I think I'm jinxed. I'm always rooting for the losing team!
You could certainly argue that the Saints deserved that win. That town in going to be crazy right up to Mardi Gras! I think I'm starting to get a cold - so we didn't even drag ourselves across the street to our neighbor's Super Bowl Party! We just lazed around in the study and I think I watched more of a football game than I ever have in my entire life.

Hans has scans on Wednesday. I was actually talking to him a little bit about it. He is doing so well these days - he actually said that he thinks the spot is still there on his head, but just a little bit, a little bit better! We shall see.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. There are so many kids on my mind these days... Erik and Sam especially... Chase, Colby has scans coming up, and Mikey just had them. Patrick is doing really well!

Every Day is an Adventure. Every Day is a Gift.


Anonymous said...

WOW...so many doing such GREAT work for children!!!

So pleased fun abounds amidst the challenges!

Did YOU ride a horse Elle?

Home is the best place to be...and, of course, our animals are so comforting!

Love and hugs to ALL...Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Sounds like all kinds of fun! Hans is very intuitive and 'better' is definitively good!! Good luck at the bake sale.

G.Kathy, G.Dale xoxo

Anonymous said...

My son and my daughters all have great memories of Camp Periwinkle! He invited a sister each year for the summer visit and they all have such great memories of the camp, the staff, the activities and the friends they made. Glad Hans enjoyed his visit there!

Love to you all,
Jennie Shamburger