It’s been quite the month! We’ve had good, bad, and I somehow got more ugly. ” Impossible,” you say? Well you are correct. But about a month ago, I decided that I needed to go bald for a great cause again, and some very cool stuff happened. I signed up for St. Baldrick’s annual event where you shave your head while raising awareness and money for childhood cancer. Because I already blogged about it, I won’t go into full detail, but I just wanted to include a brief update.
We arrived just in time to see my 13 year old daughter’s orthodontist shave his head in honor of Delaney and other kids battling cancer. Before we knew it, our own team was showing up and the real fun was about to begin. Just over a year after they were both diagnosed with Leukemia, Delaney and Luca finally got to meet each other. I also got to finally meet Luca’s dad, Pete, for the first time and see her mom Molly again. We were amazed that it had been a year since our fateful meeting and couldn’t help but think about how much our daughters had been through in that time. Here is a pic of Luca and Delaney (who both had been bald but now have hair again) with me and Pete (who both had hair and were now bald):
One of the members on our team, Brian, had almost his entire family join in (I say, “almost” because his wife Kerri wimped out. JK… love you Kerri!). However, both his son Jake AND his daughter Hailee shaved their heads. Whereas someone’s first response could have been, “a girl shaving her head?” Hailee’s response was, “for kids with cancer? Yes!” Where this really got interesting was right after Hailee shaved her head in show of support for our Delaney, another girl of about the same age shaved her head for her friend Delaney. The only difference was that little girl got banned from her school because her new bald head violated the school's dress code policy. Of course this made news, both local and national, that a girl who shaved her head for her friend Delaney with cancer. It was a different Delaney, but we started getting calls to the affect of, "I saw your daughter on the news." Anyway, thanks to that little girl that shaved her head for that Delaney, Hailee and Jake who shaved their heads for our Delaney, to those that donated, and everyone else that showed their support and helped make us the Number 1 team at the event that day (raising over $2,000 for St. Baldrick’s).
From Bald to… Worst. Dad. Ever.
Last Saturday was one of those Colorado days where God himself seemed to scream, “Get out and enjoy this beautiful day I have made!!!!” So we did. Delaney and I played some baseball. Let me tell you, that little goofball has got an arm on her and I am really hoping to get her to try softball this year. Anyway, we took a break from baseball for the sweet sound of the ice cream man’s truck. When we adjourned, we swapped baseball for the trampoline.
“Hey chubs, see if you can bounce me so high that you break my ankle!” is what I could swear that I heard when she actually said, “bounce me daddy!” Yeah… Long story short, Delaney is sporting a pretty cool cast after her fun on the trampoline with dear old dad. Before you file a CPS report, the doctor explained that the steroids she has to take make her neutropenic which makes her bones brittle. The fear is that if there is any damage done to her growth plate that it could stunt her growth and that being neutropenic would delay any recovery. So of course, all of this is really slowing Delaney down… yeah right! When her mom took her back to school that day, she was so excited to show her friends her new cast that she ran into her classroom. Neutropenic brittle bones or not, there is no slowing Delaney down!