St. Baldrick’s Foundation


Leukemia - Leukemias are the most common childhood cancers. They account for about 33% of all childhood cancers. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) are the most common types of leukemia in children.

Brain and nervous system cancers - Brain and other nervous system cancers are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 21% of childhood cancers.

Neuroblastoma - Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that starts in certain types of nerve cells found in a developing embryo or fetus. This type of cancer occurs in infants and young children. It is most often found during the first year of life. It is rarely found in children older than 10. This tumor can start anywhere but usually occurs in the belly (abdomen) and is noticed as swelling. It can also cause bone pain and fever. It accounts for about 7% of childhood cancers.

Wilms tumor - Wilms tumor is a cancer that starts in one, or rarely, both kidneys. It is most often found in children about 3 years old, and is uncommon in children older than age 6.

Lymphomas - Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma (sometimes called Hodgkin disease, Hodgkin's disease, or Hodgkin's lymphoma), are cancers that start in lymph tissues, such as the tonsils, lymph nodes, and thymus.

Rhabdomyosarcoma - Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.

Retinoblastoma - Retinoblastoma is a cancer of the eye. It is rare, accounting for just under 3% of childhood cancers

Bone cancers - Primary bone cancers (cancers that start in the bones) occur most often in children and adolescents.

Osteosarcoma is uncommon, accounting for almost 3% of all new childhood cancer cases in the United States. It often causes no pain or symptoms until swelling starts, but sometimes there is bone pain that keeps getting worse. .

Ewing sarcoma is a less common primary bone cancer which can cause bone pain. It is mostly found in adolescents. It accounts for a little more than 1% of childhood cancers


• Approximately 500 to 1,000 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the United States each year.

• Doctors have known about neuroblastoma for approximately 35 years.

• Neuroblastoma is primarily diagnosed in children ages 14 and under, with most cases in children younger than 5 years.

• The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, and it is more likely to occur in males than females.

• Neuroblastoma is difficult to diagnose in small children, and its progression is often rapid and painful.

• Neuroblastoma accounts for 8 percent of childhood cancer cases, but is responsible for 15 percent of all childhood cancer deaths.

• One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.

• Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

• Each child in the U.S. diagnosed with cancer receives approximately one-sixth of the federal research support allocated to each patient afflicted with AIDS. Yet in 2004, 48 new cases of pediatric AIDS were diagnosed vs. more than 12,000 pediatric cancer cases.

• Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis

• Cancer accounts for the greatest number of disease deaths of children in the United States and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined

Sources: American Cancer Society, Band of Parents, Texas Oncology Group


Caring Openly, Loving Eternally

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Grandpa John's Prayer for His Little Buddies

I hear no voice, I feel no touch,
I see no glory bright;
But yet I know that God is near,
In darkness as in light.
God watches ever by my side,
And hears my whispered prayer:
A God of love for a little child
Both night and day does care --- Anonymous

Angel's Honor Roll- A Forever Dedication

- Our Angels -

Austin Melgar, Courtney Saunders, Cooper Riley Proscia, Emily Adamson, Victoria Houston, John Eric Bartels, Kathy Ann Wilkinson, Alara Curran, Spencer Dolling, Marissa Monroe, Olivia Weber, Alexa Aigner, Joe Daily, Ryan Willians, Janie Kashino, Dustin Cobb, Alyssa Chappell, Addison Whipple, Amber Mastey, Katie Krize, Gustavo-Alexis, Kelvin Harper, Maggie Achuff, Kristin Hope, Kahlilla Blyss, Arden Quinn Bucher, Douglas Swift, Max Mikulak, Eliza S, Brandon Loose, Kody Edwards, Brody Hurt, Jay Jay LeBoeuf, Kyah Milne, Nicholas Pagano, Trooper Dante Tareboreli, Carter Wax, Zachary Finestone, Cora McClenahan, Little Roy Gutierrez, Chloe Smith, *Cody Johnson*, Emilio Gravez, Jacob Stovall, Noah Tyler Bell, Shu Qinpet (pet name Xinxin), Jenna Mussolini and Owen Lea, Carson Clark, Juan Santiago Wall, Erik Ludwinski, Layla Grace Marsh, Samuel Thomas Hutchison, Sydney Marie Dudley, Sophie Atay (And Our Big Warrior hero 1st Lt Joseph Helton, USAF - 8 Sept 2009),

-Race Dedication-

  • In Memory of: Samuel Thomas Hutchison, Layla Grace Marsh, Sydney Marie Dudley and Sophie Atay.
  • In Honor of: Jessica Trotter
  • Next Race - TBD

Gj's Buddies & Angels - Lighting the Way


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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Todays' Prayer, My Training and More....

What a beautiful, most wonderful day to be alive. I thank my Creator for every breath given me. As G_d so takes care of all my needs, desires and yes, even my wants, I pray too for all who are suffering and in need. Father hear my Prayer:

Lord, many families are suffering today living with the knowledge that their loved ones are dying, fighting the most horrible disease of neuroblastoma. Oh, great physician of body and soul, if it be your will, provide a healing that only you can give. I ask that you hold dear the Moms, Dads and Families of Band of Parents and totally bless them and all of the children who are suffering, or thanks be your Name are in remission and whom I now name:

Abby, Adam, Adan, Adrianna, Alex, Alexandra, Alina, Alyssa, Alyssa, Amelia, Angel, Anthony, Ashlyne, Austin, Beau, Beau, Berend, Bradley, Brice, Brody, Bronson, Bryce, Carolyn, Carter, Chloe, Christopher, Cody, Cody, Connor, Connor, Courtney, Daniel, Drew, Dylan, Eden, Eli, Elias, Emily, Emily, Eric, Erik, Erin, Erin, Evan, Grace, Gustavo, Hannah, Harrison, Ian, Ila Jean, Jack, Jack, Jake, Jenna, Jeremy, Jessica, Jessica Rose, Joey, John, John, Justin, Justin, Justin. , Kassidy, Kate, Kerry, Kody, Kylie, Laura, Liam, Lincoln, Louis, Lucas, Marett, Marissa, Mason, Mason, Matthew, Maya, Michael, Mimosa, Mitchel, Nick, Nick, Nick, Noah, Owen, Paris, Payton, Rose, Ryan, Ryan, Ryan, Sam, Santi, Sean, Sean, Simon, Sydney, Sydney, Sylvia, Talia, Taylor, Toby, Zachary, Zachary, Zachary, Zev

Abba, Hold them close, Hug them and give them your Peace.

Out of Gratitude and Thanksgiving for all the blessings I receive, I dedicate to you, my friends, my training for today:

Today’s Training – Treadmill Hill Repeats

Today’s training consisted of a 30 minute run on the treadmill. After a 5 minute warm up, the run consisted of 3 cycles of Hill Repeats at a 10 minute pace:

1st Cycle: 3 reps at a 3° Incline for 90 Seconds followed by a 60 second recovery run at 1°
2nd Cycle: 3 reps at a 5° Incline for 60 Seconds followed by a 60 second recovery run at 1°
3rd Cycle: 3 reps at a 7° Incline for 30 Seconds followed by a 60 second recovery run at 1
Cool Down -5 minute jog with an intermittent reduction in pace every minute.

Total Mileage: 2.73 (Includes warm up and cool down time)

Perceived Intensity: Moderate – Felt like I could have ramped up the pace (quite a bit).


Shoes: Saucony Cohesion TR (Yeah, I know they're Trail Shoes...see below)
Heart Rate Monitor: No

Total Weekly Mileage: 18

I'll up date my blog a little later today since I am now off to get new running shoes....Yippeeeee!!

till then

God Bless


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Good News, My Friend Cody, and my 50K Training Schedule added..

First the good news - Today, a work associate of mine indicated that they would be contributing a very nice donation to "The Band of Parents" sometime early next week. So as not to add a jinx, I won't mention amounts or names just yet :) But thank you very much and you know who you are...

Folks, I am a member of “Cody's Crew,” a young friend of mine who is fighting a horrible disease and I have been reading on his Dad's Blog just how rough a go Cody is having right now in fighting neuroblastoma. You know, he is a swell young guy and his Dad really a super fellow. In fact when you read Mickey's Blog, you'll see a wonderful family fighting the good fight. So, I have favor to ask: would you please visit Mickey's blog, and let him know your praying for Cody, him and his family. And while you at it become one of us and join Cody's crew; a nice donation to the Band of Parents would be greatly appreciated too. Thanks in Advance - Please follow this link to read about Cody:

To train for my first 50K, I am using a training plan as developed with the help of the tools at Ultra Ladies Running Club web site at .
As can be seen in my training schedule at the bottom of the page, my”official training doesn't begin until the week of June 9, 2008. However, at this time I am building my base so I am consistently running 20 miles per week for at least one full month before I hit the "go date" This may be conservative, but for my first ultra I think it the wise way to proceed.

Until later - God Bless


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

An Amazing Racing Shirt

Ahh! Nothing like being back in the swing of things, except for some really nasty sinuses due to allergies, Ol’ Gj is operating at 99.9%.

Since I am training and running in honor of the children, I asked Kathleen, my Band of Parents contact, if she could send me the names of some of the children suffering from Neuroblastoma. The reason is that I want to put their names on my racing shirt and carry them with me as I run my very first 50K ultra.

Well, I am happy to report, (not happy that so many are suffering) that a few days ago Kathleen sent me a list of about 108 names…as soon as I select my running shirt and put the children’s names on it, I’ll take a picture of it and post it on the blog, that is if I ever figure out how that’s done. There is no way I’ll DNF (Did Not Finish) this race with so much support. We’ll “Rock On” fer sure! And I'll find away to send each child a picture of me in it too...

Now, as I promised Kerry on to this past Sunday’s invasion, err Marathon story

The Invasion

It was around 3am when I first woke. Finding myself unable to go back to sleep, so as not to wake up Missus Gj, I decided it best to get up, eat a leisurely breakfast and leave for the Martian marathon. It was important to be there on time since I had to help park +2000 spaceships …Oops I mean cars.

Around 6:00am they came, first by 2‘s or 3’s then a few more…till, till they were arriving at the heliport by the hundreds. Thank goodness, there, along with me, were several dozen other volunteers and a few dozen storm troopers to assist in the dockings. The onslaught continued till it was about 5 minutes before race time, then all became quiet; not a space ship in sight. Thank the glowing orbs on high; not a docking port was empty. We survived the invasion.

I was just about to sit down and rest a spell when then our leader screeched out

“Hey Gj get out to the Half marathon turn around point, we‘ve heard the aliens are trying to take control of the aid station, and we can’t let that happen.”

BWAM! Like a bullet I was gone, I just had to save the aid be continued

What would the marathoners do without it, how would they survive? Will Gj get there in time? Will the aid station be there? Have the aliens taken over….is earth doomed????? Stay tuned, the sage continues...

Look forward to the next installment for answers to these questions and more.

Don't ya just hate serial stories...

God Bless


PS: Got a 6 mile run in today.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Today - A new Begining

My Friends:

I have a confession to make. I did not train today and I owe a very special friend of mine (Hi ya Kerry) a volunteer update on the aliens I encountered at the Martian marathon this past weekend. The Martian marathon is a rather neat (can I still use that word?) marathon with hundreds, no, thousands of aliens running amuck for 26.2 miles or there abouts. And I out of sense of duty to protect our wonderful earth, I decided it best that I volunteer to keep an eye on the alien horde. To put it plainly, the aliens’ with all of their trickery just tuckered Ol’ Gj out and what he needs is a brief rest spell. Heck within 24 hours I’ll be up and roaring to go. So Kerry please stayed tuned for the report.

Till later

Slumber restfully in His arms