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Above and Beyond Cancer

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Kristin continues to climb any mountain that is in front of her, even mountains in Nepal! She continues to thrive and move ahead with her life. What an honor this trip was.  Hear it loud and clear for those battling cancer...."HOW THINGS ARE TODAY ARE NOT HOW THINGS HAVE TO BE TOMORROW!"



Cancer Survivor hiking Himalayas to raise awareness

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HERE IS A LINK TO ANOTHER GREAT STORY ON THE TREK!

Cancer Survivor hiking Himalayas to raise awareness

THIS IS SOME AWESOME NEWS!

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KRISTIN AND I ARE TREKKING TO THE HIMALAYAS.  WE WILL BE CARRYING TIBETIAN PRAYER FLAGS IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO ARE IN THE FIGHT/FIGHITNG.  YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THE JOURNEY AT THE LINKS BELOW. 
http://www.radiatinghope.org/
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1010&sid=21958689


Clinic Follow Up Appointment

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Kristin went to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for her followup appointment recently.  Her labs are great. WBC 8.3 good, HGB 14.7 good, Platelets 224 good.  Pretty much normal would sum it up.  She still deals with the late effects that are inevitable.

Life is good, very good.  Kristin and Nate will spend the summer with us while he works with a local judge and laywer. She hopes to spend time with me at the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. School is going great and she loves focusing on her art.  She was 1 out of 10 students accepted into the visual arts program and she loves it. Her talent continues to amaze us.  The pictures above are from when we were fortunate enough to hear Mitt Romney speak when he came to town.  The drawing is of our dog Lucy. The bird is a piece that she worked on all last summer.  I wish you could see the detail as it is made up of tiny pieces of beautiful paper and then highlighted with gold leafing. We love the word "HOPE" it has…

December To Remember Sounds So Cliche

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A December to remember sounds so cliche but my reflections on December 17, 2007 run so much deeper. In fact, I often find my self at a loss for the words to adequately express the depth of gratitude for the most precious treasures in my life. They seem so intimate, that at times I feel the only one who truly knows the depth of my gratitude is my Father in Heaven.

Where is all this going? It was just four years ago that Kristin was officially diagnosed with A.L.L. She continues to live by her motto of ...you guessed it..."Live Happy." School is going great and married life is beautiful.....as things should be. Late effects of childhood cancer are what they are. She is learning to deal with them as any responsible young adult would.....(you can interpret that any way you choose)

On her official "D day" she was running on a beach in southern California...quite appropriate. Back in 2007, the day was gray, chilly and drizzling a miserable rain that chilled you to the bon…

Yes, she's doing great.....

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Here are the cliff notes, up-dated version, of what is going on in our home.

1. Kristin is doing great. Labs are great, late effects are....well, it is what it is and that is all I have to say about that.

2. Junior at BYU.

3. Married the the talented and amazing Nathan Sumbot.

4. HAPPYHAPPYHAPPYHAPPY!

5. She blogs her little heart out at www.bite-ology.com You should check it out. All those days watching Food Network in the hospital and spending days on end at home with me in the kitchen has inspired a new passion in her...cooking.

As for myself....I have taken on a new career. I never thought I would love anything as much as teaching, but I do. I now work passionately for the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation. Each day I am blessed to assist other families as they journey through childhood cancer. It is humbling to say the least and I absolutely love every minute of it. (www.northernnevadachildrenscancer.org) I posted a promotional movie I helped produce. I wrote the script…

NNCCF PROMOTIONAL

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The following is a promotional video which we unveiled at our 7th annual golf Tournament of Hope. It was my goal to depict life before a diagnosis, the devastation and then the mission of the foundation. I penned the script from my heart as only a parent who has traveled this road could. A big thank you to Kelly Dack for his talented skills and to Paul Cardall for his permission to use his beautiful music.

Kristin spoke at the tournament's reception. She has amazing. Her closing remarks to the 150+ crowd...."Now I am doing great. I am happy and this is all my own hair!" She received a standing ovation. I wish you all could have been there. I will post pictures soon. I promise.