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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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The news is not what we had hoped for. It seems Hans' little lymph nodes are just filled with Neuroblastoma. The right side seems to have stopped growing but the left side is getting bigger with disease.

Our oncologist got the official pathology today and worked up our options for us.
We have opted for a big guns chemo combo called ICE. ICE is a combo of three chemos that should hit Hans' system pretty hard and we hope the NB as well. He will start this chemo tonight.

It is a pretty somber night for me as I lay to rest my hopes of some treatable infection. We will switch gears and try to get a handle on this runaway train.
Oh, my baby. Please lift this little boy up in your prayers and lavish him with loving thoughts of successfully beating back the beast within him once again.


Anonymous said...

Well, s&*t. Not the news any one of us wanted to hear. I am throwing all mental vibes at the oncology team and its ICE protocol. C'mon ICE! Quick results please!

I love you -

Jan said...

Dear Lara -- darn. Hans' fans worldwide (including those like me who have never met Hans) were really hoping for an infection (only in the world of NB does that sentence make sense). I will switch to sending mental cheerleaders for ICE to do its stuff and beat the NB back.

Blair said...

Oh man, I'm so sorry it's not better news today. What an amazing and inspirational fighter Hans is. Praying hard that ICE will fight away more of that nasty disease!

Christie VanLaningham said...

Lara - I read all of your blog posts and have been following Hans' journey from afar. We are sending you big love and good thoughts from Alaska. Go get 'em, Hans!

Love you guys,
Christie, Sam and Gus VanLaningham

Charon said...


Sending you big hugs and big prayers for Hans.


Kyle Bustad said...

Sending you lots of love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I will keep up the prayers for your family and our little man Hans. His courage and determination are an inspiration to me and my family.
Prayers double time,
Heidi Childs--Ellensburg.

Anonymous said...

May ICE freeze those blastomas in their tracks!!

BIG love and hugs to all of you...a hundred times a day as you enter this next phase of treatement!

Everyone is so amazed at your LEGO wizardry, Hans! WOW!

I love you bunches!
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

So very sorry that Hans and all of those who love him are having to deal with this again. You will all be in our prayers.

Much love and positive thoughts coming your way!

Lori VanTrease

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers that ICE works quickly and Hans handles the new treatment with ease.
Love and hugs,
Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Anonymous said...

Was hoping like everyone for better news. Big love and prayers for Hans during this big battle. Hope the big guns works quickly. Thinking about your guys! Love,
Kerry, Madison and Sean

Anonymous said...

We are praying non-stop for Hans'.And also for you, Kevin and Elle. Praying this ICE treatment will do its' stuff quickly. Love to you all! Cindy

Anonymous said...


We are sending big hugs and huge prayers your way. I so wish it had been better news, but hopefully the ICE will get in there and get the job done.

much love,

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you!! God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

We are all sending positive energy to your family.
You are all in our payers.

Pat K.

Anonymous said...

Wrapping you in God's grace & mercy. Praying the ICE program knocks the NB on it's head and doesn't throw the little man for too big of a loop. Loving you all and praying for the best. Tell Elle to give Grandma Kathy a big hug from me and tell her everything is moving along fine up here. Much love & hugs to the family and especially the little LEGO KING!
Wendi Reuble in the 'Burg

mayada said...

We will continue to pray, hope, and believe. All things are possible through Christ. We love you. hugs and kisses for Hans!!

Anonymous said...

Lara,Kevin and Hans (and Elle of course) so sorry to hear that the NB beast has reared its ugly head again :( Hoping that ICE and Hans can kick NB's butt once and for all. Sending y'all hugs and kisses... miss y'all.... shari

Anonymous said...

Oh La, I am so sorry that the news was not better, I send much loving & healing energy to Hans & all of you. I pray that the next news will be all good & that ICE is doing an awesome job of getting all the bad out of your little man. Big Love & hugs to you all <3
Cousin Jenny
p.s. I sent Hans out a little package yesterday, I hope it makes him smile even though it does not contain Legos <3

initiative360 said...

Dearest Lara, Kevin, Elle, and Hans - sending you guys much love and support. Praying the new protocol yields what we are all hoping for. Though we are across the globe at this time, we will always be with you in spirit. Warmest regards, Kyle, Taylor & Blaze

The Virinas said...

Dearest Lara, Kevin, Elle, and Hans - sending you guys much love and support. Praying the new protocol yields what we are all hoping for. Though we are across the globe at this time, we will always be with you in spirit. Warmest regards, Kyle, Taylor & Blaze