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Oct.05.2010
Grace
Once again, I feel the need to share something my mom has written. When you read this, you will know how my battle with cancer has affected her life. She has a vision. She has drive. She feels a huge responsibility to help the children who are still fighting and those who will have to fight. I am...
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Oct.03.2010
Grace
What a great day yesterday! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by– I loved seeing you and you will be happy to know that we raised lots of money to fight cancer:):):) Awesome! Becca, I want to thank you for your amazing Emcee job. And Emily, you stepped in out of nowhere and gathered lots of...
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Oct.01.2010
Grace
Today is not just like any other day. Sprinkled throughout my normal activities of the day were spurts. You know what I’m talking about! I went to school today like any other weekday, and I went to dance today, like every day of the week, but one– but there were moments when Grace popped into my...
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Sep.30.2010
Grace
Here it is, the final day of September. What a blessing this has been for me to share with you during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and also to learn more about it myself. One thing I just learned yesterday while reading the stories parents have posted about their children on the Oprah...
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Sep.29.2010
Grace
 My mom posted something on the Oprah! Please Do a Show on Childhood Cancer Facebook page, and I want to share it with you. She feels like I do-- we need to help the children who are still suffering and the children who will one day hear, "You have cancer." Most of all, we need to make it...
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Sep.28.2010
Grace
I am having the best time making all of the arrangements for LIVESTRONG Day this Saturday, October 2nd. There are lots of people who have joined in to help make this a great time for a great cause. Mr. Hubbell, my high school counselor and Key Club advisor has been very supportive and Mr. Clavery (...
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Sep.27.2010
Grace
I love surprises! I love planning surprises and I love being surprised. One of the things that I cannot forget to mention during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is how important it is for children fighting cancer to have something to look forward to– or something to surprise them. It is...
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Sep.24.2010
Grace
After I finished my cancer treatments, the most difficult part of my health battle began. This is one of the awareness concepts I hope to bring to light. Cancer treatments are brutal. I expected to feel better when it ended, but severe late effects from treatment surfaced and growled.  I suffered...
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Sep.23.2010
Grace
I have touched on the subject of how a family’s finances get wiped out when their child has cancer. My health insurance company played nasty games.  Money is the last thing a family needs or wants to think about when their child is fighting for their life. What a horrible shame it is when people...
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Sep.22.2010
Grace
Do you ever have moments in life where you stop suddenly and marvel at what just happened? And then you start to realize that your marvelling is just beginning? I had one of those yesterday, and it’s still swirling around me. It began with an email, then an address, and then I sent a package today...
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Sep.21.2010
I love that LIVESTRONG has an educational program for school-age children. If you are a teacher, please consider taking a bit of time to educate your students. There is age-appropriate material, according to grade, and LIVESTRONG makes everything very easy for the user. Teachers can even get a free...
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Sep.20.2010
Grace
Guess what I will be doing on LIVESTRONG Day? Are you guessing? Do you think it might have something to do with LIVESTRONG? I will not puzzle you any longer:) LIVESTRONG Day Event Page: http://www.livestrong.org/Take-Action/LIVESTRONG-Action/Livestrong-Day-2010/Event-Details?EventId=3129 This, as...
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Sep.19.2010
Grace
Please let me tell you again today about how important it is that all of these voices are gathering in one place. I want to thank Christine and her brave son, Braden, for beginning this movement and for working so hard for children with cancer. Just in case you have missed the link in previous...
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Sep.17.2010
Larry "instinctively knows"
Wendy Robards first captured my attention when I found out about her Reading for a Cure.  http://www.caribousmom.com/reading-for-a-cure/ What an amazing, incredible, super-awesome idea for her to create, combining her love for books and reading and her love for children. This, my friends, is a...
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Sep.16.2010
Grace
The very first thing I want to tell you about today is how the Facebook site requesting Oprah to have a show about childhood cancer has continued to mushroom in growth. One strategy the page originators are using now is to ask celebrities to tweet about the page and ask their followers to “Like”...
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