Hello troops!!! Let’s give a big shout out to our warrior Jillian! Today she turns 8 years old!!!
You fought a brave fight. Even though we have never met, I feel that the Neuroblastoma kids are like a family and we have lost one of our own. Fly high sweet girl.
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Hope you had a very wonderful Christmas as we did. Santa brought Jillian her Mercedes-Benz electric car and a Vtech watch that she has been dying for; as well as loads of other toys and games. This year General Dad and his fiancée got Santa duty and the excited Christmas morning joy. So many gifts from so many that love her and Sien; a benefit of having a blended family.
This year we spent New Year’s Eve camping in Dumont sand dunes. Big thank you to my main man Ken for the RV, bonfire, s’mores and the patience! She and big sister Sienna got to learn how to ride quads!
We get to enjoy a few more days of relaxing before school starts back again for all of us. Hope you all had a safe and happy new year! And Cheers for a healthy and prosperous 2018!
Hello troops! Now that I, your commander in chief, have minimal to do in keeping our warrior cancer free…. I had decided to go back to college. Well now, this is a lot more work than I remember from 20 years ago! School has kept me quite busy lately so I apologize for missing out on my Thanksgiving post.
This year, the girls spent Thanksgiving with General dad and his family. Though I missed them, I remain thankful that they have a great dad and two sets of families that love them more than life itself. I am thankful for my wonderful family and Jesse’s too. Family is sooooo important!
I continue to be thankful for YOU, the wonderful army that came together for a little girl that many of you have never met. I am thankful for friends….I have made some great new ones and LOVE my peeps that have been around a while and have stuck by me through all the drama. I am thankful for every day that I can watch the sunset; every day I can kiss my girls. I am thankful for dogs…. without my Roxy girl, I’d be lost. And best of all, I am thankful for love. Without love, what is life? (Quoting my fav band Def Leppard on that one).
I want to share one of Jillian’s homework assignments with everyone. Most of you will “awww” at it, but I laughed myself crying! She is epic, she is funny, she is a character, she is Jillian.
Happy Holidays troops, SALUTE!
Amber, aka CIC momma
A pretty amazing turn of events happened on Monday night. You might remember Krystal and Will from a previous Soldier of the Month post. Krystal is the cancer survivor who was on the billboard with Jillian….
As a survivor, it was expected that Krystal would have complications from her treatment including fertility issues. Couple that with the horrific survival rates of Stage IV neuroblastoma and you will appreciate the below post from Krystal:
“You guys. I fought tears tonight. Never did I think I’d see the day that Jillian would meet a child of my own. So many variables in life could have prevented this. But here we are. Conquering and shit. JILLI, I TOLD YOU, GIRL!! We will prevail. #lifecomplete”
Well put Jaxon’s momma, well put indeed. SALUTE!!
– COPA Aunt Paula
We follow through with our promise to shave Uncle Rob’s head if Zoo Karaoke hit their goal. They surpassed it…. and Jillian did the job! Not only did Rob lose his hair but Howard lost his facial hair he has had since the 70’s. But their loss is a great gain for St. Baldrick’s and children fighting cancer. Way to go guys!!!!!
Hello Troops! Last night’s fundraiser was a SUCCESS! Zoo Karaoke raised $2204 for St. Baldrick’s! I am so happy and grateful to all of you for your generosity. And since that amount greatly surpassed their goal…. Uncle Rob will be getting his head shaved next Wednesday by Jillian herself!!!
Right now , we are sitting at the hospital waiting for scan time. It’s giving me anxiety. All your prayers are welcome for this day to end quickly and her scans to be clear. Thank you all!
Jillian drew this last night. Just thought I would pass this message along to all our troops.
September is almost over. The end of another childhood cancer awareness month is looming near. But before it ends, Jillian’s army is rallying the troops once again. First and foremost I am asking for all your positive energy, prayers and love as we face another and possibly our final round of nuclear scans this Thursday and Friday. If she is still clear, we earn the title of “remission”. So please keep Jillian in your thoughts this week.
Unfortunately there are those out there that just heard the dreaded words “your child has cancer”. It is the most gut wrenching feeling in the world. There are those out there that are still fighting this battle. And there are those out there who are angels; their battles are over and their lives were taken too soon. We are asking you to join Zoo Karaoke in this fight against childhood cancer. This Wednesday night will be a fundraiser benefiting St. Baldricks. Jillian is one of St. Baldrick’s “honored kids” so this Organization means a lot to us. You may click the link below to donate if you are unable to actually make the show in Henderson, Nevada.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.