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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, December 22, 2011


Hans made it home. We are happily chilling out! Kevin swapped out with me last night. Our kids are still in school ALL WEEK then not back til the 9th!

Hans and Kevin made it home this afternoon. Hans looks a little beat, so he is just relaxing and watching some shows, eating his favorite foods...

No plans to go back to LA anytime soon. I guess the next step...we hope to hear from one of the MIBG centers to hear about scheduling scans and getting Hans on the books.

We have to thank The Protectors Foundation! We were the recipients of a wonderful Chrismtas Gift upon on our return home. This Foundation was set up in the memory of two family members lost to cancer in recent years. Each year they do a golf tournament. This year, our family was selected as one of two families facing cancer as beneficiaries. How wonderful. I would like to THANK them for their generosity, APPLAUD them for using their time in the service of others, and COMMEND them for honoring the "two Bills", Bill Kowalski Jr., and Bill Kowalski Sr. in this way. It's a beautiful thing.


Anonymous said...

So glad to hear you are all home together. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and make many wonderful memories! Love, Cindy

suzanne said...

Hurrah for being home!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

suzanne said...


I sent Hans' link to an ALL-kids California mom
who has a friend whose child just relapsed with neuroblastoma. They are looking for ideas and I know you have tons! don't know the child's name but my friend is Mika Watanabe.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Tell Hans to eat up and rest up so he's ready for Santa's delivery :) Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Love Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Carmen said...

Enjoy it all!! That's awesome to hear about you guys being selected as one of the families! Jim played in the golf tourney and had a great time. They really missed not having Kev play this time! Merry Christmas/Happy New Year! Love always, The Smileys :)

Blair said...

So glad to hear you all are home for Christmas! And that you were honored in that way. I think the late Kowalskis were the father-in-law and brother-in-law of my good friend Jennifer. May the new year be one of healing and blessings for your family!