7.26.2016

4 year bone marrow-versary!

It's been four years since Becca received her hero Matthew's lifesaving marrow, and she honestly couldn't be doing any better! Still can't thank him enough for what he has done for our family...
Courtney (Matthew's fiancee), Becca, and Matthew (Becca's hero/donor) 
at her Little Mermaid, Jr. show last week

As I have often said when slacking on updating this blog, "No news is good news," and it's been a long time since I have updated :).

We have had a wonderful summer so far (in fact, probably the best yet), and it is just flying by! Becca went to the CBDI clinic on Thursday last week for a scheduled visit, and Dr. Grimley (her bone marrow doctor that sees her once a year) gave her an A+. He thought she looked terrific and had no concerns whatsoever about her lab results. She was her true sassy self with Dr. Grimley and the other staff members, and he really seemed to enjoy her personality and how much she has grown. Before we left, nurse Amanda, who gave Becca Matthew's marrow four years ago, stopped in our room. We were a bit surprised that she wanted to see us after the was she was treated that day!!! Luckily, nurse Amanda realized what a traumatic day it was (with Becca's crazy reaction to the meds and the psychotic behavior that followed), and she didn't hold it against us.

Becca and Lily are at Njoyitall Camp this steamy week, after a fun-filled weekend with the Ward cousins.
 Cousin love!
 A much-needed cool down
Too cool!

Other highlights of the summer:
  • spending an AWESOME week in Hilton Head with the Hilsmier family (thank you, Maria, Matt, Austin, Connor, and Emma!) after a few days in Charlotte (thank you, Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill!)
    Carter LOVE!
    More cousins!!!

    Sisters
  • Going to camps -
    Becca absolutely LOVED Camp Invention (way to go Loveland teachers!). She already wants to do it again next year. Both girls had a blast at Nanna B camp (thank you, Becky!), too. Show Choir camp was cut short for Becca due to a case of strep throat, and Lily's soccer camp was not exactly her favorite, but at least she was with her best friend.
    Njoyitall Camp - inside the yurt
    Camp Invention at LIS

  • Spending time with friends

    Can't you just hear the giggle?
  • Performing!
    Cutest sea creature/lagoon animal EVER!

Becca's victim
  • Spending time with in-town family
    Great Nana :)

    Kniskern cousins and cutie pie Bo
  • Celebrating Becca's double digit birthday!
    That was cake #1... there were two more later!
    We still have a few weeks of the summer left, and we plan to jam pack lots more fun into it!

4.08.2016

Our favorite time of year

It's coming in less than a month! The Butterfly Walk for CancerFree KIDS (the 10th annual!) is happening on Saturday, May 7th, at Cottell Park in Mason. We have 47 Becca's Believers team members so far, and the donations have started coming in. Hope you can join us for the run (5K and a new 10K this year), walk, or festival. If you cannot make it, any donation would be greatly appreciated! Registration costs and donations go towards pediatric cancer research at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and we are praying that someday soon the cure will be found. To join our team or donate, visit:
http://2016butterflywalk.itsyourrace.com/donate/team/BeccasBelievers

Thank you!!!