Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It's the FINAL Countdown!

Just keep swimming! You're almost there!

It's March 29th, so we are ONE MONTH away from April 29th, and Georgia's Official Cancer-Freedom! As you might have heard, we're having a little party, and you're all invited! Over the next couple of weeks, we'll share more information about our plans and the schedule for blood donations, but the halfway point of the coming month will be most memorably marked by Georgia's SHAVE on April 15th! She's closing in on her new $10K goal, so please consider supporting our survivor girl with your generous donation to childhood cancer research. We know that it's the reason she's able to reach this milestone, and we're so proud of her for choosing to help other kids fighting cancer reach it, too.

We've waited for this day for a long time, and we're all ready to ...

We'd love to see you!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Last Call for T-Shirts!

We had such a great response to Georgia's original t-shirt design that we ran another week-long sale - and it ends tomorrow at 11 pm CST! If you haven't purchased yours yet, now's your chance to look good while doing good! You'll be helping to support Georgia's shave for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and childhood cancer research. Click HERE to see five styles in two colors, and order yours now! Thank you!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring Green

Spring Break has come and gone, and we had a great time! Once Georgia wrapped up the SAT, we were ready to head to my grandmother's for a few days - with Clemmy in tow, of course. We spent time with family and visited the San Jacinto Monument and Space Center Houston at NASA. You know the Peachy Keens love us some SPACE, right? So Georgia and Ivy both were very excited to go, and with so much to see, we'll definitely be going back soon. Highly recommended if you're in the area!

Lunch with Cousin Nelson in Galveston, where he's in his first year of medical school - 
we're so proud of him!

The San Jacinto Monument is taller than the Washington Monument.
Of course, it is!

New favorite t-shirt.

Mission Control as it looked on July 20, 1969.

The big brain needs a bigger helmet. 

The first item on Ivy's '17 Christmas list, but Georgia says 
she'll wait to get hers with her employee discount.

 The little ol' Saturn 5 rocket. !!!

We also celebrated St. Patrick's Day on Friday with that very traditional Irish food, green Krispy Kreme donuts! And as it's also the anniversary of the very first St. Baldrick's event, I headed over to Fado Irish Pub to promote our September shave and raise some GREEN for the kids!

Speaking of green, thanks to some very generous donors, Georgia has surpassed her $5,000 fundraising goal - and wants to raise it to $10,000! With just over a month to go before she braves the shave, let's see how close she can get to her new goal before the hair hits the floor. She's currently in first place for the event! 

Raising funds for childhood cancer research has been a priority for our family and the Peachy Keens since Georgia was diagnosed seven years ago. We are dedicated to helping fund cures and safer, less-toxic treatments so that kids not only survive their diagnosis, but also enjoy long, healthy lives free of effects from their treatment. Because childhood cancer research receives less than 4% of federal cancer research funding, private funding is already critical to achieving our goals, but if current budget plans are approved and implemented, it will be near-impossible to make any progress, and more and more kids will literally be fighting for their lives. If you find that situation as unacceptable as we do, here are some things you can do right now to make a difference for childhood cancer warriors, survivors, and the people who love them. And thank you again and again and again, from the bottom of our hearts.

Friday, March 10, 2017

First Step

BIG day tomorrow! Georgia is taking the SAT, and we know she's going to crush it! She's worked hard in her prep class and taken two practice tests, so she feels good and ready. It's the first real step in the college application process ... she's on her way, y'all!

Thanks to everyone who purchased a t-shirt for her fundraising campaign - she sold 51 shirts! We may run the campaign again later this year and will keep you posted.

Spring Break is next week, so once the SAT is over, Georgia and Ivy both will get to relax for a few days. They are such conscientious students, I'm glad they can rest those big brains for a bit! We hope y'all have a great weekend, and please send some good luck to our college-bound girl!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Love Amplified

As of yesterday-ish (no February 29th this year), Georgia is two months away from being Officially Cancer-Free. TWO! She's got lots of school work to do and tests to take between now and then, so the time will pass pretty quickly, methinks, but it's just incredible how long we've had April 29, 2017 in our sights. We are so looking forward to celebrating with everyone, virtually and at our home, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being with us every step of this journey! 

I was reminded today of a particular part of the journey that Georgia had to endure 25 times, so I've included it as today's moment to remember. 

Also on my mind is the community that was there for us literally every day during the hardest parts of Georgia's treatment - our dear Parkside Community School. Everyone rallied around us, took tender care of Ivy, and held space for Georgia in every sense of the word while she was unable to go to school. That incredible kindness allowed us to breathe and gave us hope that she would soon be back where she belonged. And all of this is on top of the wonderful Montessori education they received. They are the inspired students and compassionate, creative humans they are because of Parkside, and we are forever grateful. 

Today is Amplify Austin Day, a 24-hour online giving campaign for hundreds of local non-profit organizations. If you believe in supporting good, good people doing good for the world, please consider donating to Parkside in honor of Joe and Claire, our directors and loving angels on Earth.

Georgia and Joe on her first day of 5th grade, after eight months away from school.

With Claire on Georgia's last day of 5th grade - and last day at Parkside ...

 The whole gang on Ivy's last day at Parkside - two months post-shave. : )

Five days left to order Georgia's t-shirt design - and she's just 16 shirts away from her goal!