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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.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pediatric "Disease Cluster' Map

This story caught my eye on local news last night: A US Map of Pediatric Disease Clusters (including cancers) by the Natural Rexources Defense Council. You'll see a cluster in Houston - just wanted to share that we live nowhere near this part of town. It's right off of the Houston Ship Channel. We actually looked for a home closer to there in the adorable little community of Seabrook. It was right by my old job, but we decided to stay in The Woodlands. The handful of us diagnosed with NB right here in The Woodlands did prompt a study by the Texas Department of Health. But, at that time, our incidence rate of NB didn't rise to the statistically significant level of a 'Cancer Cluster.' Just wanted to share the link. There are 13 states with 42 noted locations.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting, Lara. I glad they are documenting and tracking disease incidents. The neuroblastoma cases in your area may lead to a discovery in future.

Important work!

Thank you...love you,
Susan