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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, August 28, 2010

Fun Run Smashing Success!

Elle, Anne (who ran Preggo!), Me, Dana, Carmen, Morgan, Ginger and Adrian after the run

Tamiko and Elle after it all. You can sure see Elle's cute winning tshirt design in this one!
I must tip my hat to first time Race Director, and NB mom to adorable Donovan, Tamiko Porter! Wow - way to throw a Fun RUN! Everyone kept telling me what a beautiful success the run was! Yes, indeed it was. I know the numbers aren't quite crunched yet, and I'm not about to 'Bug' Tamiko for a day or two, but we had 500 plus runners, a beautiful morning, and no real big snafus. Elle came in second in the Family Walk (a lot of the kids ran, and a 14 y. o. boy beat her:)

It's pretty cool to see all the NB mamas and a few papas out there doing their thing. I continually feel blessed that despite the fact we are all sharing the burden of this NB diagnosis, we are able to form a unique community with so many special families.

I want to thank my friends: Natalie, Jere, Michelle, Mark, Jack, Jace, Joshua, Carmen, Ginger, Dana, Morgan, Adrian, Anne, Stephanie, Tom, Reese, Marin, Beth, and Bud for coming out to run and walk with us. I want to thank RN's Marcelle and Dave for staffing the first aid booth! I'll update later when I hear how we did. It was fun. Not a bad birthday kick off:)


Anonymous said...

Way to go you guys! What a great event and hopefully it is just the first of many annual runs. 500+ runners is very impressive!!!
I can't wait to get my t-shirt!

We love you TONS.

With lots of prayers going out for every little fighter,

Anonymous said...

What a great thing to do on your birthday. I wonder if the race is something that could be coordinated in other communities? Keep good notes! Besides Hans' ties to our community we have another little boy who was diagnosed with NB last October and another one this spring down in Selah. I wonder if we could get one of our service groups on board to help with a run here.

Hans is such a trooper. Most people don't really know what he has to do on a daily basis. Both he and Elle are amazing kids!

Elle - love the art work. Can't wait for my own T.

Love to all of you,
G.Kathy & G.Dale xoxo

Anonymous said...

Glad the run was such a hit - all for a great cause. Elle - really great art!

Happy Birthday Lara!

Hugs, prayers and healing thoughts for all of you, Love Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

bud said...

well done - enjoyed the day, although I had to leave early - nice course, really liked the off-road portion - God smiled on your efforts with the great turnout and the weather!! Wish I had known it was your birthday and that Elle did the shirt (have it on right now!)