Sunday is the day. The first annual "Team G Obstacle Course" and Blood Drive extravaganza will be taking place at Crossfit West Santa Cruz. We are realizing that this is really getting bigger than we could have hoped and we are excited! New wristbands have been ordered, T-shirts are being printed, high school football players will be building obstacles and the Stanford Blood bank is using our blog on their web page.
SOME OF THE CONTRIBUTORS FOR THE RAFFLE AND OBSTACLE COURSE PRIZES:
STUDIO 831, SC
TIGER MARTIAL ARTS, SV
THE FISH LADY, SOQUEL
DAVE'S ALBACORE, SC
GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR:
LOS GATOS BREWING COMPANY
WINE TOUR FOR 6
The article Kimberly wrote not only made the front page of the Sentinel but was run on Monday in the San Jose Mercury news. Pretty darn exciting. We were so impressed with the article and the person who wrote it. She came to the house and was patient, kind and respectful. We could not have asked for anything more.
Kris, G and I spent Wednesday at LPCH. We started with a chemotherapy and then ran across the street to meet with the surgeon who will be in charge of moving G's ovaries out of the radiation field on July 13th. He outlined how the surgery will go and who will be there. It sounds like there will be a full house of doctors who will be working on her but he will be in charge of most of it. The radiation oncologist will be there to direct him where to put the markers that they will use to line up the radiation treatment stuff. The pediatric gynecologist will be there to do an exam of the area where the tumor is/was. Once again sitting in the little consult room with Gabriella I began to feel overwhelmed. Damn I'm getting tired of watching her go through this. I just kept thinking how much I want it to stop. I asked the surgeon to take good care of her and we both were struck by the emotion. He mentioned a few times how he would take care of her like his own. I truly believe him and know these people work here because they are very, very good at what they do and they care so much for the children they are treating.
On that note we met with Dr. Cohen, a senior Oncologist from Packard, while she was having her chemo done. He was so patient and informative. He came by her hospital room back in May while she was staying there with a fever. This doctor is a professor and a physician. Probably one of the busiest people we know yet he took the time to sit down and have a tea party with Gabriella and yesterday stood and answered our questions until we were done asking. It's a lesson that I will take forward in my life, take the time for people. We get so busy and sidetracked with cursory distractions that it is easy to forget what matters. If you come to the benefit on Sunday and I don't know you or we have not met, please say hi. I want to know and show my appreciation to all of those who are supporting us in anonymity.