Hello Troops! Been a long time since I have posted. We have been busy living life and I had a slight technical issue with my phone. But now I’m back! Jillian had a yearly scan back in November and I am pleased to say she remains CANCER FREE!! She is enjoying the 3rd grade and taking piano lessons as well as karate classes.
Yesterday we attended the 2nd annual Cancer vs Construction event. This event was sponsored many companies. I need to give a big shout to to a few of these folks….
To my father’s employer Las Vegas Paving, Laurie Mendenhall, thank you so much for putting on this amazing event! And our very own Aunt Paula’s employer NDL Group participated with Jillian’s favorite activity- the sand box! And Fox 5 News…. thanks for covering this event and bringing more awareness to childhood cancers!
You all ROCK! A giant Jillian’s Army SALUTE!!!
September 21st marked the 4th anniversary of Jillian finishing her cancer treatment.
As September and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, there has been some promising news in the passing of the STAR Act. It looks like funding for childhood cancer research will move from 4% to about 7% if the STAR Act gets fully funded.
This is amazing news, but we still hope you will continue to help fund research. 46 kids a day are diagnosed with cancer and 7 die.
Kids fighting now don’t have time to wait.
If you are looking for a way to help, Rob and I are hosting our 4th annual Childhood Cancer Karaoke Show benefitting St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
The show is this Wednesday, September 26th from 6-10 pm at Sunset Downtown which is a 21 and over venue. If you can’t attend in person or would like to donate with a credit card, you can donate online at https://www.stbaldricks.org/fundraisers/zookaraoke
Thanks for continuing to follow Jillian’s Army and supporting kids with cancer.
Wishing all you fathers out there a safe and happy Father’s Day!
You know you are all singing that song now… you’re welcome.
Anyway, another school year is in the books. Our warrior finished up 2nd grade with an award in Art. She has come a long way with her drawings. She will be moving on to third grade in the fall and I couldn’t be more proud. Her sister Sienna is moving on to junior high!!! Where is the time going???? Hoping you all have a safe and fabulous summer!
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.
Awesome day for a walk! Thank you Make a Wish for all you do! Also a big thank you to all the supporters who help make this happen!
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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