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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, July 15, 2012

We made it! Hans got another dose of IV antibiotics and a stat blood chemistry and we were sent on our way to celebrate Hans' big day! We ran off the floor! Hans led. We arrived at the Chuck E. Cheese parking lot at 1:30 pm on the dot and the party started at just 1:30! Hans' what 89th miracle as my dad said. It seems this boy has been offered miracles in proportion to his numerous challenges. The miracles didn't stop there! Even though we didn't have a class list to invite Hans' pals from Ronald Reagan Elementary, we had a table full of neighbors, our Cazares NB family friends, and some of Elle and Hans' sweet friends from Earl Warren Jr High and Stefano and Heidi! Happy Birthday Hans! Our discharge sure saved the day. In other good news... Hans' neck seems to be responding to the IV antibiotics. No more fever:) Neck appears smaller to me! Thankfully, magically, Gramma Kathy and aunt Holly and Elle had shopped for party decor and party favors, and Elle had baked a perfect number of cupcakes. I had sort of reserved Saturday afternoon for all of that but it didn't exactly work out like I had planned. Thankfully it was all taken care of. A little too reminiscent of last year - but the opposite. We were stuck in Philly with Bad News on Hans' birthday - waiting to get on a trial. Our dear friend Dawn threw us a surprise Chuck E B'day in New Jersey and Hans later wound up heading to the ER at midnight. Waking up or going to bed in the hospital is not the best B'day tradition... Thanks, too, to my kids who somehow spoiled me last week with a pretty Pandora Bracelet. It's gorgeous - lucky mama! Thanks, Ashton for the glassybaby gift! Gorgeous. Thanks for all the cards and packages that have come in from the Tierney's, Kleins, Pati and Tom, Susan, Grandma Stephanie, Tommy, Holly and Michael, Mark and Debi,Grandma Jean, Gramma Kathy/Dale Uncle Quinn, , "Auntie" Kerry, Godmamma Roxie, the Smileys, And the gifts from all the party goers! And, oh my goodness, thanks Belen. She somehow got the Chuck E Cheese manager's ear for 5-10 minutes and Hans' party was comped! Have you ever heard of such a day? xoxo


Anonymous said...

Yay to happy birthdays,miracles,good friends and great fun!!
It was so much fun to see you all and celebrate Hans' early birthday.

Love G.Kathy. xoxo

Anonymous said...

WHOO HOO, HANS...delightful photo of YOU, friends, and family celebrating at Chuck's place!

I celebrate YOU everyday!

Love and hugs,
Aunt Susy

Anonymous said...

Sounds so great ! I'm really happy for you and Hans of course !!!

Jen Click said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Hans! Are you sure one day of celebrating will be enough? I'd push for a week -- you've earned it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Happy Birday dear Hans,

Happy Birthday to you!

Pat K.

Anonymous said...

So glad a Special Birthday Celebration was possible for Hans & everyone. If any boy deserves a great Birthday it is Hans! Great Picture & many belated Birthday miracles & wishes for Hans this year.
cousin jenny & jill