Monday, June 15, 2015

Stepping Out - and Up!

We've made it to Colorado after a couple of days on the road. Everything is so green in this area, and we've enjoyed the scattered mountain showers that have been missing the last two times we've been here. There is a full slate of activities planned, but number one on the list is to RELAX. Georgia and Ivy both worked very hard in school this year, and a week to celebrate and "do nothing" is the least we can give them!

And while we're running amok in the Rockies, many fierce friends and fellow advocates are descending on DC today and tomorrow for Childhood Cancer Action Days. They are stepping up for all of us and telling the powers-that-be to make childhood cancer a national priority. In particular, they are asking for support of increased funding for the National Institute of Health and National Cancer Institute, as well as co-sponsorship of the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act. The STAR Act would expand child, adolescent, and young adult cancer research, develop model systems to help improve survivors’ care, improve tracking of cancer incidences, and identify opportunities to expand the development of therapeutics for all childhood cancers. Big, big stuff that means a lot to all families of children fighting - or who have fought - cancer. If you'd consider telling your representatives to #StepUp, we'd sure appreciate it! Click HERE for ways you can help. Thanks, y'all!

Monday, June 8, 2015

In Praise of Summer

The last two weeks were a flurry of end-of-school activity, but when the dust finally settled, we ended up with a sixth grader and a tenth grader in the house! Ivy gave excellent performances in her last Cultural Challenge (an inspired graduation speech from The Secret Series books) and her last guitar recital (excellent solo and several ensemble pieces, especially considering she was in a cast for six weeks this semester!), and Georgia rocked all of her finals and celebrated 37 months off treatment on the 29th. Yes, we're still counting ... 

Ivy's graduation from Parkside on Friday was quite bittersweet as it marks the end of nine years that we've been a part of the school. I'll still be there on staff, but it will be a big adjustment to not "be a parent" there as well. What a wonderful ride, and Georgia and Ivy are all the better for having been there.

Darling directors/angels, Joe and Claire

And so summer began this weekend, with an end-of-the-year slumber party and a day to reflect on Georgia's journey and victory over leukemia. She spent the night before with her friends, waiting for the fireflies to come out, and she saluted the sun and survivorship the next morning.

We are looking forward to many adventures this summer, as well as the chance to rest and recharge after another fun-filled school year. First stop is Crested Butte, Colorado - we'll send y'all some snowflakes!