This one is for Joshua in a way, but about me, Debbie, Joshua’s Mum.
Joshua’s had to spend a long time with very little hair (his racing stripe’s finally starting to grow back in), so as part of the St Baldrick’s Foundation annual Shaving event, I’m going to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research and on the Sunday we will be spending in NZ celebrating Joshua’s birthday, he’s going to get to shave my hair for a good cause.
If you would like to to donate (even a small amount is appreciated!) to a highly underfunded section of the Cancer Community – CHILDREN’S CANCER – please click this link and donate.
If you are also participating – wherever in the world you might be – Please feel free to add Joshua to your list of honorees!
The Gazette in Colorado Spring were invited out to Fort Carson on Wednesday too.
You can read about it Here.
And the KDRO story was picked up in many Military Installation areas (I think, but GA, Jacksonville, Louisiana etc. That is so Amazing!!
KRDO coverage of the event at Ft Carson!
Today, Joshua got to spend the day at Ft Carson doing an enormous amount of things… the highlight being the one thing on his bucket list we really didn’t think was going to be able to happen – Riding in a tank.
An Abrams Tank, to be exact.
I’m going to work on the full list of all the things the very generous men and women at Fort Carson escorted Joshua through today – it truly was an amazing and very humbling experience.
Today was MRI day.
CLEAR! Words we hope to keep hearing; over and over again.
No tumor regrowth, his brain appears to be moving back in to the ‘shark bite’ that was left after the surgery. And Dr Jean tells us she couldn’t ask for a better result at this point in time.
Roll on April and the next 3 month MRI – we are aiming for much of the same… not a lot!
Sorry to have left you all in the lurch.
Nothing untoward has happened, we’ve just been busy with guests, sorting school and trying to get back to a semblance of our new normal (aka work).
I have photos to get to editing so I can upload them from Joshua hanging out with the Douglas County SWAT & BOMB squads while they were training, and from his handgun training with the Colorado State Troopers!
Joshua was invited to learn how to handle a handgun at the Colorado State Troopers Range. Thanks you to Master Trooper Lawrence for taking the time to show Joshua how to do this the right way!
A couple of phone shots of our afternoon with the SWAT team and Bomb squad
I have a .1 to add to today’s date …
James was interviewed by Kevin Torres and Anne Herbst this afternoon for a community piece by Fox 31 / kdvr.com.
The segment will be on tonight’s 9pm/10pm news. They asked Joshua to be involved as well, so not only will you get to meet the accomplished James, you’ll also get to meet Joshua, too. (I’m really hoping we don’t look like total ‘newbs’ as Joshua would say!)
I’ll post a link / video as soon as I can find it!
UPDATE: story link
Today Joshua got to go flying again… A little higher and faster this time.
James, as a wee guy, was found to have a benign brain tumor which they removed as much of as they could. 10+years later James is 17 and has just completed his solo pilots license! He and his family asked if they could take Joshua up on a flight over Denver once James had logged in all his hours, and Joshua was pretty keen to say YES!
So today was the day, and you couldn’t have asked for a better one – clear and cloudless (we so have the weather gods on our side lately!). We got even more of a surprise when we found out The Briggs family… they are from Australia! Antipodeans unite!
They took up a 2 seater Cessna and went up for an hour. Apparently, James is pretty good with this flying thing – Joshua said there was barely a bump! Two smiling faces exited the plane.
Thank you so much James, Chris and the Briggs family!