Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Round 3 Begins

After getting to spend some time at home with her toys and her pet kitty cat, Allison has returned to the hospital for round 3 of chemo. We anticipated this visit, so it did not come as a surprise when we got the call from her doctor.

Because she is in a partial remission, Allison requires more treatment to prepare her for a future bone marrow transplant. In order to have the best outcome possible, she will need to be in a full remission for the transplant to take place. A bone marrow match for Allison has not yet been found, so the extensive search continues. We recently found out that she has a unique antigen(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigen) which makes it slightly more difficult to find an exact match for her. We know the match is out there...somewhere!

While this treatment plan will last only 4 days(4 hours each day) it will be 8-10 times stronger than her previous treatments. At this point we are not sure of how she will react to this new dosage, but we hope and pray that she will suprise her nurses and doctor once again.

Allison is in fantastic spirits today! Let's hope this continues!

Thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers for Allison - I know they're working!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What a great success!

Wow! we had such a wonderful time at the benefit dinner last week. It was so nice to see friends and family, and meet so many new friends! Shaun and I were so touched by the love, support, and generosity of all who attended. Thank you for being there to support us. There were even a few customers who popped in just for dinner and were met with a very large crowd - we're glad you joined us!

We would like to extend a special thank you to Leah Ventimiglia(and her family) for all of her hard work in putting this event together. I know that planning this dinner took up a lot of her time, and we are so appreciative. Big thanks are also due to Ron & Julie Horn of Buchanan Arms restaurant for hosting this dinner. The food was INCREDIBLE(as always!) and your staff was so wonderful - thank you!

We were in awe of all the amazing items donated for the Silent Auction and Raffle. Thank you to all those who donated and helped make this such a success. Plee see the list below! There were some items that came in at the last minute, and we do not have the names of those donors. If you are one of them, please let us know!!!

Silent Auction/Raffle Donors:

Bari & Neil Bucknam
Mark Burg - CBS/Two and Half Men
Vanessa Burrows
Suzanne Duffy
Katie DuPrey
Ron & Julie Horn - Buchanan Arms
Anissa Iverson
Kevin Kleinrock - Big Vision Entertainment
Laura Lewis
Linkin Park
Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics
Old Navy
Susan Olmos
Maria Otero - Cookie Lee
Vicki Price
Marcella Prystupa
Ana Reyes - Anamaria Purses
Trish Shaheen
Mike & Anna Shinoda
Whole Foods - Porter Ranch
Marc Zicree

*If you were the winner of the "Baby Basket" with the gate, please contact me at allisonzicree@gmail.com. A few pieces were left behind, and we'd like to make arrangements to get those to you.