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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.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Elle got the surprise of a lifetime on Monday. We knew that one of her girlfriend's families back in TX was leaving for a cruise out of LA on Monday. They'd asked if Elle could tag along. We said sure, thanks. But their cruise ship was full and they've been calling every day to see if there was room for a plus one. But, they'd been hearing NO since the day after thanksgiving. We hadn't mentioned it to Elle or her friend. But, on Monday morning, we got a call at 10:30. They were gonna check one last time at the terminal. We told Elle to throw a bag together just in case. At 11:00 we got the call to "come on down". She managed to pack between the screams. We had to hit Target for some new Aviator Sunglasses for her and her friend:) We made it to the terminal by 3pm for her 4pm departure to the "Mexican Riviera" via Disney Cruise. What fun! They are at sea today and will hit Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas before returning to Long Beach, CA on Monday. We'd of course like to THANK this sweet little family! What a crazy wonderful blessing. I am still tripping out that it worked out. It sure wouldn't have worked if we were still in TX. We just happened to be on standby, and it worked out so well! Bon Voyage Elle.

I know she felt bad ditching her grandma. But we are all happy for her, and my mom and I are keeping the pace really easy for her and Hans around here. My mom is doing a little better after the fall now, but I want to take it a little bit easy on her and give her a chance to rest. Kev has wound up back at the office more than at home with a well that is keeping him busy.

We are in the process of making plans with UCSF. We could possibly go up there next week for a consult and work up, and possibly do the MIBG therapy Jan 12th or Jan 26th...

Thanks or checking up on us!


Anonymous said...

What a great surprise for Elle!! We've been cold so of course I'm envious of any WARM weather! Glad you, your mom and Hansie are having a relaxing visit.

G.Kathy & G.Dale XOXO

Anonymous said...

What a great surprise I bet Elle was beside herself. Good to know you and Hans are able to kick back and take it easy for a few days.

Love and thoughts to you and your family,

Anonymous said...

How fun for Elle! And Hans gets Grandma all to himself :)

Love and hugs,
Aunt Holly and Uncle Michael

Anonymous said...

Great !
I'm so happy for Elle.



Anonymous said...

Oh, what a fantabulous, special surprise for Elle! What a dear family of friends!!!!

So good to know Grandma Stephanie is healing in the company of her loved ones!

May your time together at home continue to be pleasant and filled with laughter!

Love, hugs...and smooches!
Aunt Susy