Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Dear Blog,

I'm sorry that I have neglected you. I must confess, I have been spending my online time elsewhere. I have a new friend named Facebook. No, Facebook is not a replacement for you. I just needed this time to get to know Facebook. Now that we are better acquainted, I think I will be able to easily split my time between the two of you. I'm sorry. Don't look at me that way. I DO care!


(The toad has nothing to do with this post. I just like pictures with posts.)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

No matter where you go...

no matter how large or small your world is, the same things are important...

Looks like fun, huh?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

One step closer... well, $30 million closer

from the CureSearch press release:

Children with Cancer and Their Families to Benefit from Legislation

July 17, 2008 (Bethesda, MD) - CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation salutes the United States Senate for its passage of the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act, which promises to significantly increase federal investment into childhood cancer research.

The bill authorizes $30 million annually over five years, providing funding for collaborative pediatric cancer clinical trials research, to create a population-based national childhood cancer database, and to further improve public awareness and communication regarding available treatment and research for children with cancer and their families.

Having passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously, the bill now heads to the White House, where President Bush is expected to sign it into law.

That is great! But I want more. Just a note from MY research:

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health, is the Nation’s principal agency for cancer research. As a Federal Government research agency, it receives funds from the U.S. Congress to support research. Here is where you will find this information .

Anyway, the website lists the amount spent in 2007 on the four most common types of cancer:
Breast: $551.1 million
Colorectal: $249.1 million
Lung: $261.9 million
Prostate: $305.6 million

Well, not to be too critical, but I think $30 million per year is still a bit scant. Children should not have cancer. Children do not live lifestyles that CAUSE their own cancers. We owe them more than this...



Wow! We're halfway through July and I still haven't updated the shop. Sorry. I'll see what I can do between summer orchestra, piano lessons, natural building group and swim time!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

2008 Team Sarcoma Initiative July 12-20

Why should one form of cancer receive considerably less funding for research than another?

Why should any child have to live or die with cancer?

My daughter's diagnosis was a very rare form of a rare cancer, Ewings Sarcoma. Ewings is considered a childhood cancer, but also strikes adults. While she is home this summer enjoying her health, a friend we met, who was diagnosed at the same time is facing the last 2-3 months of his life with increasing pain and physical problems. For me, that is more than upsetting, it is terrifying.

From www.team-sarcoma.net:
"Sarcoma is a cancer of the connective tissues, such as nerves, muscles and bones. It can arise anywhere in the body and is frequently hidden deep in the limbs. Sarcoma accounts for 15-20% of childhood cancer diagnoses and about 1% of adult cancer diagnoses, and it is often misdiagnosed. Many sarcomas resist current treatments."

"Funding for sarcoma research is not keeping up with research needs. More importantly, most government funding is used for the more well known cancers, leaving thousands of sarcoma patients with few treatment options."

"Wouldn’t it be great if ordinary people like you and me could bridge the gap, increase sarcoma awareness, and make sarcoma research happen? Well, together, we can! This is what the Team Sarcoma Initiative is about."

Join the international movement to increase sarcoma awareness and raise funds for sarcoma research by attending one of these events and bringing your friends and family.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Bloom and grow forever


Do you see what I see? Color, hair sprouts, eyelashes! Bloom and grow, girl! Reminds me of the song from "The Sound of Music"

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever