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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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Counts OKAY!

Kevin in Canyonlands, Utah this weekend

Kevin Arches National Park (Utah) This Weekend

We had to trek back down to TCH today for a follow up visit after last weekend's stint inpatient. Everything is groovy. Hans' HGB is 9.9 here on day 14, his plts are about 120 and the ANC came back at 810, a little better than the 500 it was Thursday. Dr. Russell's interpretation of that head pain was that we just feel more achy and painy when we are sick. That's what each of my parents thought too. It's right up there with my favorite alternate explanation of 'tumor kill'. That's always my favorite possible cause of any symptom!

Oh, Kevin has been gone again! (He is a geologist - so he still gets to take field trips - went to Utah to study salt techtonics and sand deposition. The rocks in Utah are ancient examples that they can see with their own eyes of the rocks he examines in the subsurface at work via computer.) We are just about to go pick him up from the airport from another field trip to Utah. I know it's hard for him to be away from Hans, but at least he got to be in some beautiful place he really really loves. Ironic that it was hotter there than here! We've had a gorgeous change in the weather and we've been able to hit the park again.

PLEASE KEEP TEXTING!!! Three more days of texting. We are still in third. Oh, it would be sad to end the month one away... Vote for Arms Wide Open Here, or by texting Text* 102653 to Pepsi (73774). AND vote for Support Kids Cancer Research HERE or Text* 102462 to Pepsi (73774)! You have to click the link, register and sign in to vote! I love this story from our friend Dodie who teaches at the 9th grade campus:
"I let my students get out their cell phones to vote today for the Pepsi grant--they thought it was AWESOME to get to use their cell phones in class! Hopefully they actually voted as opposed to texting their friends! If they voted, that should add about 50 or so votes today. I told them we would do it again tomorrow and Thursday. Good Luck!!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kev's trip looks more like a fun vacation than work! Glad he's back home.
Elle - did we remember to tell you what AWESOME friends you have for contributing to CNCF - sweet thing you all did!
Hansie have fun with Dad!
Lara, good job keeping us all connected to the Pepsi challenge. Gotta go vote again!

Love to you all,
Gr.Kathy XOXO