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"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” 
--The Dalai Lama

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What a delightful group of Elves we were blessed with this Christmas!  They spoiled not only ONE, but TWO of our families.

Thank you, not only once, but twice, and million times more, to the Pinery Country Club Tennis Club.  You give the tennis term “love” a whole new meaning.  You’ve scored a ton of points in our book!






This little beauty is Danika.  She lives in Florida with her big sister and her mom and dad.  Danika lives near the Ocean, but it’s something she can not see.  Danika lost her sight, along with her innocence and countless other things, because of the Neuroblastoma that invades her body.

In her mom’s words, “The amount of disease in her little body is "impressive" as they say, however it remains unchanged, so we'll take 'inactive' cancer any day over the

alternative.”  This is the outcome of over a year of treatment, away from home and family, at MSKCC.


Please help us in getting sweet Danika and her sister a swingset for their yard.


“One of the biggest joys in Danika’s life is swinging in the baby swing at the park.  Since it’s not always the easiest thing for me to get both girls there (weather, schedule, etc.) and keep them safe, having a small set – one with a regular “big girl” swing and a baby swing and possibly a slide - in the backyard would be amazing.  Then I could give her this experience so much more than I can currently.”


It’s the least we can do!


Swing on, sweet girl!


Goal: $400  All money raised above the cost of the swing set will go to the Stanchi’s for travel expenses.   Dig deep!  Tis’ the season.



Douglas County Students Capped it!


It took B.P. 3 months to cap the Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast, but it only took 3 school days for some kids in Douglas County School District to Put a Cap On Kids Cancer!  They raised a grand total of $1,215  Take that, cancer!

Way to go Renaissance Magnet School, Northeast Elementary and Mountain View Elementary!  Little people making a BIG difference!




If you are in the Neuroblastoma world, and thank God if you’re not, but if you are, you most likely know Justin Miller.  Justin and his family were the first cancer family to take us under their wing after Tuesday’s diagnosis.  They gave us the hope we needed to fight big.  Justin was riddled with disease, beat cancer down, relapsed 15 moths later and then beat it down again.  This is rare.  This has become the only life they remember.  Justin is off treatment for the second time, but this, by no stretch of the imagination, means that they are “done”.  One toe over the line in to this cancer world, and you will never be done.  There are always scans in your future, side effects from treatment, gripping fear in the back of your mind that the other shoe, may indeed, drop.  That is where our friends, the Millers, are currently residing.  Post treatment purgatory.

On Saturday, Justin and his mom will fly to New York, MSKCC, for scans and work ups.  This is where Justin has been receiving antibody therapy after relapsing in the brain.  They will be checking his rapidly decreasing vision in his one good eye.  They will be searching for the answer to his low platelet counts.  They will scan and test and poke and prod, and then they will wait.

Today we celebrate that Justin is cancer free, but we remember how hard and expensive this on going life remains for  the Millers.  Please make a donation for some “walking around money”, as Charley’s Gram would say.  Your gift will maybe buy Justin a toy to help take his mind off of scans.  It might buy his tired mama a coffee every morning of their stay.  Maybe they will use it to go out for a fun dinner, or see a show, or maybe they’ll blow it on candy and magazines at the airport.  It doesn’t matter.  Your gift will make this trip a little easier for them.  I hear all the time, what can I do?  This you can do.  It’s easy.  It matters.  Go give.

*UPDATE     Justin is currently being treated at MSKCC for a second relapse.  Please consider donating to offset the huge cost of travel to and from New York City.  Note:  Beyond the Blackboard will give 10% back to whatchagonnado on wednesday, Dec. 8th.





Miracle Party needing a miracle


If you’ve been waiting to give big, now is the time.  Our friends at The Miracle Party need a miracle.  The party is in 48 hours and they are thousands of dollars short.  If you want to see what they do for kids and their families, take a moment to watch this video.  Have a cry, and then go give big.  You can donate to whatchagonnado, or directly to Miracle Party.  Just donate.  Help them throw THE party of the year.  130 cancer families are counting on it.