Thursday, March 29, 2012

Start Your Engines ...

We are ONE MONTH from Georgia's last day of treatment!!! That finish line is literally within sight today, and we've got lots of plans and lots of news to share with you from now until Georgia blasts across it, victorious! Can you hear us cheering? Well, it's only going to get louder as April 29th approaches since we'll be doing like we always do - making a Big.Dang.Party. out of every little step!

In fact, April 29th is going to be a jam-packed day of celebrating with our third annual blood drive and second annual children's art show. We'll get you more details on those events soon. And it seems that there's something about the number 29 as July 29th is the 46 Mommas Shave for the Brave in Los Angeles, and September 29th is the Austin CureSearch Walk! I just know it means that 29 is lucky!

And speaking of lucky, our family certainly feels that way. To have so many of you stand beside Georgia since December 31, 2009 is something we never could have imagined and can't say thank you enough for. You have helped keep her on the road to the recovery and we're ... almost ... there! Georgia love to all of you!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Major Award

No, Georgia didn't get a leg lamp like in "A Christmas Story," but she did win a prize package for placing 3rd in her age group for a city-wide flood safety poster contest! Her wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Fernandez, invited her middle school students to participate, and three of the 12 winners were Ann Richards girls - how 'bout them apples? Besides a Target gift card and a plaque made with a copy of her poster, Georgia (and two special guests : )) also received a very special treat - a ride in an Austin Fire Department swift water rescue boat. At a press conference this morning with all of the winners, the rescue team did various demonstrations, including a helicopter rescue where they hoisted a "victim" out of the river and flew him to safety. It was quite impressive!

Rescue Team

The Artist and Her Work

Good Morning, Mr. Mayor

Mrs. Fernandez, Art Teacher Extraordinaire

Checking out Star Flight

The Award-Winning Poster

 And here's a bit of our awesome boat ride - what a way to wake up in the morning!

The festivities came on the tail end of a bit of a rough week for Georgia as she had been having some pain around her port site. She's usually a little tender for a while right after she gets de-accessed, but this felt different and made it difficult for her to sleep comfortably or even breathe normally. So Tuesday, we went to the clinic to check it out, and a chest x-ray showed that nothing was amiss with the port itself or anything around it, so we're chocking it up to a muscle strain that was probably aggravated by the port being there. She's been on ibuprofen ever since and says it's feeling much, much better - almost "back to normal." How wonderful that sounds!!!

Just about a month to go ... : )

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Baldrick's Day!

OK, so we know it's actually St. Patrick's Day, but today also reminds us of the mighty green childhood-cancer-research-funding machine that is St. Baldrick's. Since January 1st, an army of shavees, volunteers, and generous donors have already raised over $17 million this year - and that's just the beginning! Our 46 Mommas event in July supports St. Baldrick's, as do hundreds of other events around the country, so the sky's the limit on how high that total can go. And we need those dollars to further current and future research! The Peachy Keens are so honored to be a part of this organization and would love to really kick off this year's fundraising today. Please consider supporting St. Baldrick's through our 46 Mommas event - and maybe your donation will be the GOOD LUCK we need to find a cure for all childhood cancers. Thanks, y'all, and enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!

Georgia atop her trusty steed at 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cowtown Bound

We're heading to Fort Worth for Spring Break and looking forward to seeing all that the city's wonderful museums have to offer. It's just a quick trip, as we like to "vacation" at home as much as anywhere else, but it will be an adventure nonetheless!

Georgia's appointment went well yesterday - we're keeping her meds the same and scheduled her LAST day surgery for April! She's already working on her note for Dr. Neff because it's got to be a doozie. We joked that maybe she would get an actual tattoo on her back for the last one - just kidding, grandparents! It was a great visit, and Georgia couldn't wait to get to school right after her IV meds. Nothing gets between that girl and her schoolwork!

When we got home, there was a package for Georgia from one of my fellow 46 Mommas, Audra. She's shaving for her precious boy, Max, who has been battling a brain tumor for the past seven months. The family started a nonprofit, Max's Love Project, to provide "uplifting, supportive, and therapeutic resources to SuperKids fighting cancer," and Georgia received one of their beautiful wooden heart necklaces, complete with a glittery lightning bolt. Extra perfect for our Harry Potter fan! Check out their website and Facebook page - the amount of love and hope they've been able to share in such a short time is truly inspiring. Thank you, Audra and SuperMax!!!

Have a LOVELY Spring Break, y'all!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Still Keeping Georgia on His Wrist

Nearly two years after meeting Georgia, here's Will Ferrell on a radio show this morning, promoting Cancer for College and, once again, wearing the bracelet she gave him. See the beautiful orange one on top?!

How cool is that? And he's absolutely right - it means a lot to Georgia and to all of these kids.
Thanks, Will. For everything.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Forth

That's what Georgia's doing - marching forth to victory! Tomorrow marks two months until her big party - can you tell we're pretty excited about it? In the meantime, she has a clinic appointment on Thursday, which should be the last one of Cycle 7, and then, next week is Spring Break! This school year is truly flying by, and our girl will  be a 7th grader before we know it.

Also on the horizon is our CureSearch Children's Art Show on April 29th. The event last year was so successful - and so fun! - that Patty and her parents are hard at work to make it happen again. Any of our young friends who would like to see their artwork in a real gallery for a real good cause, email us for details. Thanks again to everyone who donated or purchased art last year and helped us raise over $3,000 for childhood cancer research - y'all are awesome!

And as we head into March, the month of many St. Baldrick's events, we hope you'll consider supporting me and the 46 Mommas as we Shave for The Brave this summer. We're fired up and ready to CONQUER kids' cancer!

Have a great week, y'all!