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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.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


We are back into the swing of things here at home.

It is nice weather this fall. We've been able to spend some time working around the house, on the yard, decorating for Halloween, going to soccer games,
etc etc. Kevin is getting his 'old' road bike out and cleaning it up this weekend. It's all the regular stuff of life that most families are doing, but we always feel so extremely grateful to be able to do these mundane things. I have this 'blown away' feeling after the news of those scans. I just really feel like we are in the right direction, in the right place, and it's all such a mystery of Science and Biology and God, and I am just so grateful! I feel like we can breathe. I have this amazing feeling that we are in the right place, for us, for Hans, for now...

I ordered Hans a Halloween costume with red light up eyes - it's a random costume called "Fade In/Fade Out Unknown Phantom" Costume. I'm just glad that Hans still wants to dress up. In some ways he is so "mature" for all he has been through that I wouldn't be surprised if he just said, "I'm not dressing up." He is getting really into it, and he has agreed to dress up for Halloween until he turns twelve - then he's done, apparently. He actually took great care in helping us set up the Halloween lights and he's the one who thought of getting the three-way plug in and ran to get it from his room for the job. He's already thinking ahead and said that we need to get more Thanksgiving and Easter Decorations (guess he feels we are okay on Christmas).

With all her big hair, Elle is going to be a Lion for Halloween. A group of her girlfriends are creating the whole cast of the Wizard of Oz around that idea. Fun!

Oh, we can keep voting! The Pepsi Refresh Challenge is still going on: Support Kids' Cancer Research has submitted their application once again, so we can keep voting for them HERE or Text* 102462 to Pepsi (73774)!

Guess that's about it for now...


Anonymous said...

It's so good to hear about all the fun and fall things you are up to on this 10-10-10!
Big Love,
G'ma Stephanie

Anonymous said...

OOH...Autumn IS a frisky, fun time!!!

I will look forward to "Phantom & Lion" photos...FUN times ahead!

Yes, it is the quiet, simple moments when we take in life's gifts that are so dear...may you enjoy each and every one!

GO Kevin! It's a great time for touring on your bike!

Love and hugs for All,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Hansie - send me a picture of your Halloween decos and I'll send you one of mine. Love to all, pl

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