Saturday, July 31, 2010


Amanda participated in Relay For Life. Words cannot describe how much she enjoyed herself. She ran around for hours laughing and playing. She proudly walked the survivors lap while people cheered. I choked back tears watching as she radiated happiness and life. She has come so far in one year. We are so grateful to be able to celebrate her life!

We are in awe at the amount of support we have received financially. It has far exceeded our expectations. We are still getting donations and will post a final tally. It's because of donations like these that Leukemia ALL has such a high cure rate (95% for Amanda). Thank you so much for helping fund research, cancer cures, and support for families battling this disease.

We especially need to thank Rick for walking over 50 miles. Yes, that's right, 50 miles!!! He started at the beginning and went all night until it ended - no sleep and very few breaks. You always leave us in awe!

Many other thanks are in order.

Scott, thanks for having the desire to do this and for taking what little time you have to organize our team.

Thanks Dad for the great pictures, helping with all the hauling of stuff, and proving to me that you really are quite handy in the kitchen.

Scott's parents - for the many long hours with Will, always being around to help whenever needed, and for adding a lot of hours on the track.

Mom and Carol - for herding cats (my children)

Jenny & Robert - thanks for sticking out a very long night and raising such awesome teenagers.

Dayan, Yassah, and friends - for being such awesome teenagers! I'm amazed at what great kids you are. You were more than willing to help and you guys put in some serious track time!

Deanna - for taking my request for a few items to feed the crew and turning it into a table full of delectable delights.

Dan, Teri, and kids - thanks for being great friends that are always there for us. Hope you can walk tomorrow Dan. You are seriously going to be feeling those amazing 16 miles.
To Erin - for taking one for the team and being the only person to actually sleep.

Craig, Jean, Kids - for helping out with the food sales (learned a few tricks for sweet talking the Health Department) and for continuing to support us though far away.

Ed, Viki, John - thanks for being willing to do whatever was needed. We appreciated you sweating it out during the super hot hours.

Matt, Mary Ann and Mikey - 7 months Pregnant, in that heat? Enough said!!!

Donna - for the great ice cream making tips.

Thank you to all our friends and family that stopped by, wanted to come and couldn't, and those that passed on well wishes. We appreciate all of the support!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


I've had a request for a quick link to Amanda's team page for Relay for Life.

We'd love to see as many friends and family there to cheer her and others on. There will be fundraising activities there to keep the young ones entertained. Thank you so much for the support we have received! We are always in awe with how many people are thinking of her.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


For many months Amanda has endured the wrath of miserable lumbar punctures. She had clinic today and for the first time dreaded it. Not because of needles or all the usual anxieties. She feared it because of the headache she'd get from the LP. After a lot of family prayer (thank you Scott for the beautiful blessing), persistence, and incredible support from her doctor's I am so happy to report that we FINALLY are having a recovery free of a screaming headaches, pain, and vomiting. All of her doctors agree that she is very sensitive to the procedure itself, not so much the medication they are using. They are administering the chemo much more carefully now. And something as simple as letting her rest and not moving her for a good three hours post-recovery made a huge difference. She's one of those "special" patients that needs a little extra care. All of her staff at Primary's went above and beyond today to accommodate her. We are so grateful for them. She's still on IV fluids for a few days, and the beloved IV Benadryl and Zofran are prepared for attack if needed. So far she is eating, drinking, and happily watching Phineas and Ferb while taking care of her virtual pets online. It is such a wonderful change to have her recovering comfortably!

Amanda is looking forward to Relay for Life at the end of the month. Thanks to so many of you for your generous donations! If the cash flow is a bit tight a great way to still show support is in letting Amanda know that you are cheering her on - it really brightens her day. When I told her that survivors circle a lap with everyone cheering for them, her face lit up!!! She is really looking forward to it.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Join in the Relay for Life

This is a call to all friends, family members, and any other followers of this blog to join us in our first fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. We are getting a group together to walk in the Relay for Life event on July 30th and 31st. This event will be at Barnes Park in Kaysville and will be a 24 hour walk to raise funds for the ACS. Since Amanda's diagnosis early last year we have been on the receiving end of many gifts and charity. We always wished there was some way to pay it forward and be able to do something for others going through similar situations.

Though we can't possibly do all we would love to be able to do to make life better for those going through different stages of cancer, we can make an effort no matter how small. It all adds up to greater things for someone whom you may never know or meet. We hope you will join us either as a team member walking, or as a donor to help the great cause. If you are interested, please click on the link to learn more, donate, or join our team.

The name of our team will be Supporters of Amanda. Whether we have several on our team or just a couple of us, we will be trading off as we walk for 24 hours. It should be a good time. We will provide more details as often as we can.