Finding the Joy

I have started this update several times, but the words keep failing me. I want to find an eloquent way to tell you and myself that everything is wonderful and that Patrick’s cancer is cured. Unfortunately, the truth is that the scans yesterday were not good no matter how positively you try to look at them. This was not a surprise, but it was still painful. Patrick has extensive disease in his shoulders, arms, spine, and legs. Amazingly and in keeping with his character, he has not complained one time of pain, which is unbelievable when you look at those scans.

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Scan Plan

Patrick’s eye is looking much better, but his haircut looks pretty rough. As if on cue, after I posted last about no hair loss occurring yet, Patrick’s hair begain to fall out. He opted for a home grown mohawk, which is certainly savage. He is transfusion dependent for platelets, but his ANC is climbing slowly. He is scheduled for a CT tomorrow, probably platelets, maybe blood, and a MIBG injection.

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Press On for the Holidays 2011

Give a gift that will create instant holiday decor for the entire season! Lovely ceramic cache pots will be pre-planted with 3 paperwhite bulbs ($20) or one large amaryllis bulb ($25). Each pot will be wrapped and ribboned for holiday gift giving. For each gift purchased, 100% of net proceeds will be donated to Press On to fight neuroblastoma and AML. Limited delivery available outside the Augusta area. Please contact Kris Gordon to place your order.

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon

Please support us as we Press On through the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon on December 10, 2011! We are raising money for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer, a named fund of CURE Childhood Cancer, Inc.

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Save the Date

Join us on September 30, 2011 for CURE’s Press On Day honoring Patrick and Brennan.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each year, more than 10,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed – approximately 46 children and adolescents EVERY DAY. Childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of American children despite recent gains made for certain pediatric cancers such as acute lymphocytic leukemia. In fact, over 25% of children diagnosed with cancer will be dead within 5 years.

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Major Drama

You haven’t heard from me in a while. I have abdicated update responsibility to Erin while I struggled to find inspiration and recovered from a series of body blows. As a multi-generational Augusta native, pride in the Masters is a given. One wonderful thing about the U.S. Open, though, is that the drama unfolds on Father’s Day. This Father’s Day is when Rory McIlroy shook off a dreadful Masters collapse and won with as much class as he lost with in Augusta.

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Play for Patrick – Thank You!

We are humbled by the amazing success of our fifth annual Play for Patrick Tennis Tournaments. We are still in the process of tabulating the results of the weekend, but we estimate that we raised around $75,000!!! I am grateful to the many people who helped plan the weekend, donated items to the auction, sponsored our efforts, and donated to the cause.

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Welcome Home – Brenny!

Rounds of chemotherapy and a fourth bone marrow transplant were critical for 9-year-old leukemia patient Brennan Simkins. The best prescription the doctor could write, though, ordered Tara and Turner Simkins to return Brennan and his brothers, Nat and Christopher, to their Augusta home.

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Play for Patrick 2011

Thanks to all of the players, sponsors and friends for making Play for Patrick 2011 a tremendous success!

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Press On

Patrick has enjoyed his best summer in recent memory. His last 5 summers have been dominated by intense treatment, hospitalization, and travel. This summer, due to many factors that I am going to refrain from venting about here, his treatment has been minimal. This has allowed him to spend a ton of time playing with friends, fishing, tubing, going to the beach with his best friend, and relaxing in the mountains. … read more

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