Sunday, September 10, 2017

September Action


While September is officially Childhood Caner Awareness Month, we like to think of it as ACTION Month. Last night, I hosted a Kendra Scott Give Back Event, and this weekend, we'll be back at Fado Irish Pub for another shave event! Our Little Free Library has gone gold:


And for the next two weeks, Bald Georgia shirts are back on sale! Click here to purchase yours!


In the meantime, we're still celebrating the incredible news that the FDA recently approved CAR T cell therapy for kids with ALL! We've been following this therapy for a while now, and the fact that it has been approved for kids before adults is practically unheard of - and very encouraging. Immunotherapy is a game-changer, and we'll be watching to see how these breakthroughs impact the future of cancer treatment.

We're ALSO celebrating the new grant funded by the Georgia and the Peachy Keens Hero Fund - meaning it was funded by all of YOU! For the next year, we'll be supporting the work of Dr. Naomi Winick, who is studying attention and working memory issues in survivors of ALL due to certain chemotherapy received during their treatment. It's so rewarding to see exactly what your donations can do, and we're excited to follow Dr. Winick's work - right up the road in Dallas.

Another thing your donations did this year is help bring St. Baldrick's overall total to $34 million raised so far for 2017! That's a lot of love and a lot of research funding, and the 46 Mommas were proud to share the news at our shave in Austin! Thank you, THANK YOU, Friends of Georgia - we couldn't do any of this without you!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Last Go Rounds

It's been a busy few weeks, starting with Georgia's last term as a camper at Camp Mystic and ending with the beginning of her last year at Ann Richards. Already?! It appears so. It also appears that she is thoroughly enjoying every moment. And as bittersweet as it all is, so are we. 

Over the next two months, she'll be focused on college applications, a dual-credit science class, and her new position on the Teen Council for The Contemporary Austin, a fantastic local art museum. She'll be discussing and learning about art with other teens and planning events to encourage more teens to visit the museum. She actually gets paid a bit for her work, so she's calling it her first job - our little-ish working artist!

All good things are coming Georgia's way, and she deserves every one. She has worked so hard, grown so much, and made us prouder than proud. On the eve of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and in light of what many of our family and friends are enduring in Southeast Texas right now, we are beyond grateful. 

First first day/Last first day

In six years, the only time she got a top bunk!

Modeling the shirts she designed for Field Day - Go Kiowas!

Showing off her deck tennis skills ...

and her cooking skills ...

and her balancing skills, I guess?

Sassy!

Laughing during her Vespers presentation, having just swallowed a bug!

Last campfire.

Sweet friends.

More tribe art by the artist herself.

One more logo design - it was so close to the real deal, the t-shirt shop wouldn't print it! The inspiration is a song that the Aides perform in the dining hall using their serving trays as props, so she at least got to paint it on the board that will stay in the Aides' cabin for years to come. 

 Reunited!

And then she got home, and this happened:

First first day/Last first day at Ann Richards - with a Clementine photobomb.

Senior and 8th Grader!

Sister Power, indeed.

Senior flashmob. I cried.

It's going to be such a great year.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eight is Great

Well, Georgia had a fantastic time in Georgia! She made new friends, tried a new medium, and really enjoyed exploring a new city. SCAD is a pretty impressive school, and the whole experience was wonderful. Except for the flight troubles on the way home ... thank you, Romy, for escorting our girl home so she didn't have to navigate late planes and missed connections alone!

SCAD friends at work ...

and play! Tybee Island beach bums.

Georgia returned home just in time for the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave, and what a time we had! It was so cool to host Mommas from around the country and to share our beloved city with them. The shave was a big fundraising success, but it was also - as always - a lot of fun. We had some first time shavees and two Knights of the Bald Table were inducted for seven years of service. The Oasis is a beautiful venue, and if you've never been there, the view is not to be missed! The Mommas have raised over $2 million since 2010, and I am so honored and proud to be a part of this amazing team! They even surprised me with a cake - it was an awesome birthday party, for sure!

Before, with all of my best girls

After, with my favorite barbers 

Shave #8 is in the books!

 Special Sisterhood

Rhode Island friends and fellow SuperSibs

The Peachy Keens were out in full force

We took donations to Dell Children's the next day and toured the Healing Garden


Don't Mess with Mommas, y'all!

And in case I haven't made it clear enough here (ahem), here's a piece I wrote for St. Baldrick's that explains why the Mommas and I do what we do. Thanks again for your donations and support and for continuing to keep our girl on your mind and in your heart.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Love and Georgia


On July 7th, we lost my parents' best friends of 52 years - and my second parents - in a car accident. Johnny and Beverly helped raise my brother and me, and they were part of every important moment in our lives, and many, many of the everyday moments, too. They were by our side the day Georgia was diagnosed, and they were incredible supporters of our advocacy and fundraising efforts. We were able to start the Georgia and the Peachy Keens Hero Fund due in large part to their generosity, and I loved sharing with them the good work their donations were funding. Their loss leaves a huge hole in our hearts and in our family, but we love them and know they will always be a part of our lives and a part of our mission to end childhood cancer.

One thing I know Johnny and Beverly are so proud of is Georgia's success in school and her future plans. The college search has kicked in to high gear. In the last two weeks, she toured Trinity University in San Antonio and Southwestern University in Georgetown, and she's currently ensconced at the Savannah College of Art of Design in Savannah, Georgia. We had to reschedule our roadtrip and will visit Tulane in the fall, but we did spend a nice weekend together in Savannah, and she checked in to the dorm yesterday. Savannah is beautiful, and SCAD is very inspiring and impressive. She'll be taking classes in Acrylic Painting and Building Preservation this week and getting a real feel for the school. It was hard to leave her after the week we'd had, but I'm so excited for her and grateful for this wonderful opportunity - for which she earned a scholarship based on her portfolio. A working artist already!





Yeah, she liked it a little. : )

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pink 2.0

Throughout Georgia's journey, we've always tried to find and focus on the positive in every step. For example, remember that color poll we created in the first weeks after her diagnosis? The winner was PINK, and the result was this:


Georgia was SO excited to surprise everyone at the clinic the next day, and then she was ready to let go of the rest of her hair, telling us to "shave it off already!" Instead of being traumatized by the experience, she took control and actually had some fun with it - and she never looked back.

So seven years later, after once again going bald on her own terms, Georgia also decided to go PINK one more time! And here's that result:

PINK 2.0!

 The process was just a wee bit more involved this time around. She started with the Draco Malfoy:


Then these gold feathers:
 

 Then this superhero look: 


And voila!


Georgia LOVES it, if only for a month (not exactly in line with the school dress code : )), and we love that she's able to bookend the last seven years in such a bright(!) and positive way. Pretty in pink, indeed.