Posts tagged "University of Chicago"

Playing With Others: Smiles and Giggles

Trying to find the best toy in the box.
My Previous Blog > “Grandpa’s Second Chance, Courtesy of His Little Angel” By the end of May (2010), Asher was seven months old, crawling and had cut his first tooth. He was also tagging along with his big sister to her Gymboree Art and Music classes. Atia was 32 months old and doing really well. She... Read more »

Adults Only Weekend

Through it all, I have always felt lucky to have Steve by my side.
My Previous Blog > “The Pendulum Swings” It took nearly a week for Atia to fully recover from her spinal tap and subsequent 5-day steroid treatment. During that time, we dealt with some pretty severe mood swings, including kicking, screaming and tons of crying. However, once we got past all of that, everything moved along... Read more »

The Pendulum Swings

It was so nice for everyone to come out in the dead of winter to help us celebrate our mom's birthday. She deserved it!!
My Previous Blog > “In Isolation: No Visitors Allowed!”  In January, Atia was released from the hospital after a brief three day stay. A few days later, she had a home blood draw and I prayed that her counts were high enough to resume chemo. Luckily, they were and she did. Seven days after she had... Read more »
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Project Ladybug in Atia's Name and Oprah!

My Previous Blog > “Through Her Hair, I Saw Survival” Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? It’s especially meaningful to me, since as you know Atia is being treated for ALL leukemia. So, I wanted to tell you about two very exciting things that are happening at this very moment —... Read more »

In Isolation: No Visitors Allowed!

My sister, Julie, and my dad at my wedding six years ago.
My Previous Blog > “Giuliana Rancic From E! News on Ay, Mama!’s Radio Show” One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. Two can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since the number one. – “One” by Three Dog Night Last January, with a temperature of 103.4 and a low white... Read more »

The Tides Changed: From Health to Hospital

January 2010
My Previous Blog > “Popular Chicago Blogger and Reality TV Star Team Up to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer” Atia had been battling a cough and runny nose since the Sunday following New Year’s Day (2010). We watched her like a hawk, frequently monitoring her temperature. She didn’t have a fever, which was good because those... Read more »
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She Has To Take What?

Last Week’s Blog > “Looks Can Be Deceiving” On Monday, November 16, 2009, Atia began the Maintenance phase - the last phase of treatment in the clinical trial. Though it was a glorious day, because it marked the beginning of a new chapter in our lives, it was a difficult day, too. Atia’s Oral Medications Atia... Read more »

CELEBRITY PHOTOS: "The Winner's Circle" Gala Dinner

Matt serenaded Bria Carter, one of my teammates. Earlier in the evening, she gave a heart wrenching speech about her journey through cancer and losing part of her leg only weeks before. Talk about a mature, gracefully strong young lady. Bria touched all of us and left an imprint on our hearts.
Last Week’s Blog > “Let Them Decorate Cake: Celebrity PHOTOS at The Rally Scavenger Cup” The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup closed with “The Winner’s Circle” Gala Dinner. From the moment it began, it was fabulously fun! Event:                   “The Winner’s Circle” Gala Dinner – Saturday June 26th, 2010 from                                    7:00p.m. – 11:00pm Dress:                   Jeans and... Read more »

The "Start Your Engines" Brunch

As the honorary co-chair of the event, he held the checkered flag and swung it around upon the start of The Rally.
Last Week’s Blog > “The Qualifiers” Celebrity Draft Party Saturday morning began with a brunch at the Marriot hotel; drivers and celebrities ate and mingled. The energy and excitement was palpable, at least for us (the moms of kids with cancer).  The invitation:  Event:                   ”Start Your Engines” Brunch                                    Saturday June 26th, 2010 from 9:30am –... Read more »
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"The Qualifiers" Celebrity Draft Party

Last Week’s Blog > Exclusive Premier Event: The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup My family spent this weekend at the two-day fundraising event called, The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup. It was an absolutely amazing experience full of many firsts for us – the first time walking the red carpet, the... Read more »