Three-year-old Faye was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on April 11, 2011. After 135 days in the hospital, Faye was able to spend 3 years at home. On September 5th 2014 she was told that she had relapsed. She was able to achieve a second remission and had a bone marrow transplant on Oct 17th 2014.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Princess Updates

Saturday we had the opportunity to attend Songfest. This is a show the Chi O sorority puts on to raise money for the Still Creek Girls Ranch, and the Make a Wish Foundation.  Faye was to be their guest of honor.  We were all excited to go.  We made sure to make Mitchell and Faye take naps that day, because we heard that it was going to be a late night.  Before the "Fest" they invited us to a dinner they were having with the Judges for the show.  Mitchell was all excited, because we also found out that Clayton Kershaw was going to be one of the judges.  (Yeah I didn't know who he was either)  But he plays for the LA Dodgers as a pitcher, and won the Cy Young award this year (an honor given annually in baseball to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball).  Mitchell has been on the Dodgers twice now in T-ball.  So he was able to take one of his hats and have Clayton sign it for him.  Clayton's wife was the Songfest chair two years ago, so she was also a judge. 
We were a little nervous the kids wouldn't want to sit through this whole thing,  but from the moment it started Faye could not get enough!  She was always so excited to see which act was coming up next, and loved it when the girls would do flips, or be thrown in the air.  Mitchell liked it also...but towards the end he was getting a little sleepy (if you know Mitchell you know he is not a night person)  The event went til 10:00.  Basically the whole thing was full of singing, dancing, and skits.  Put on by other Sororities and Fraternities. Each fraternity and sorority that participates gets money to give to their charities.   The top acts at the end of the night were awarded prize money to donate to their specific charities.
Right after intermission they had a video of each Fraternity and Sorority telling what their money was going for, then after that the Chi O girls talked about Make a Wish, and talked about Faye.  They had pictures of her up on the screen as they talked about her.  When they were done talking about her they raised the house lights and had our family stand up.  Just typing that gets me all emotional.  It was such an overwhelming feeling, something I cannot even describe.  When we stood the whole auditorium cheered for us (it holds about 2500 people)  I couldn't stand very long because I started to cry, and wanted to sit down before anyone noticed. 
I am amazed at what these girls were able to put together, I thought the event seemed like a huge success, and we were grateful to be able to be a part of it!  And are incredibly grateful for the generosity of these girls to do this for Faye!
I am mad at myself I didn't take pictures of Mitchell with Clayton, or a picture of Faye with the committee girls for Songfest...I am here to promise I will make myself be better on our trip to Disney World!
We take off tomorrow on Faye's Make a Wish Trip, and we could all not be more excited!  Its going to be so fun, and amazing, and emotional, and much needed!  We can't wait to share with all of you our wonderful experience, and the pictures and stories of Faye meeting Princesses for the first time!  But for now I leave with you Faye's Princess story.  She made this up all on her own, and has shared it with very few people. Usually we have to trick her into telling it by saying something like "don't you dare tell anyone your princess story while I am gone"  that usually works if she thinks she is pulling one over on us.

Once upon a time there was a princess named Mommy, and a Prince named Daddy.  They Danced and Kissed a lot, then they got married.  They had Three kids Mitchell, Faye and Nixon.  One day Faye got sick and was in the hospital for a long time, then she got better.  The End


Eric and Jenny said...

You guys have so much fun, I have been thinking of you guys getting all ready to go all excited and such. It's so wonderful! Even though I have been a rotten friend and it's been much too long since we talked I really do think of you all the time. I bet this holiday season has been awfully sweet.

Be safe and have a magical time!

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

So, so happy for all of you!

Cute Carbines said...

I love Fayes princess story!

The Nelsons said...

Aww that event sounded so so great. How special you guys were honored like that. I love it! Please be safe and enjoy the trip enormously. I hope it's so magical. But if something goes wrong (like a lost camera or something, it seems like something always goes wrong on a trip), don't sweat it! Just laugh and have fun anyway! I can't wait to hear all about it!

Grandma Mary Ann said...

I am getting emotional reading about your wonderful event. I hope that you have a magical adventure. Love You!

Katie Ellis said...

That is the best princess story ever!! No amount of good (in this life) will ever make up for the bad you've been through, but this is all a pretty good start. Three cheers for Chi O and Make a Wish. I get emotional thinking about how awesome they are!