Will You Stand Up?

Today is the day. The day when you take a few minutes of your time to make a difference. Educate yourselves, donate, pass the word. It doesn’t take long, and it can save lives.

Did you know that 95% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history? Certain genes can be passed down from your parents that will slightly increase your risk of developing breast cancer in your life time. Those genes, however, do not account for the majority of breast cancer cases.

Think about that. If you have no family history, you are still at risk. Everyone is at risk. Even men.

Take a minute to think about the amazing Randy Pausch, who recently died from pancreatic cancer.

Spend a few minutes online today spreading the word about Stand Up 2 Cancer. Watch The Show tonight.

Think about the facts. Read the facts. Over half a million people will die from cancer this year in the United States alone. Worldwide, 7.6 million people died of cancer last year. Many of these people did not have to die.

Over 40% of cancers can be prevented. Many other cancers can be detected early, leading to treatment and elimination of the cancer.

We have the ability to make a difference. Donate what you can, watch the show tonight, spread the word, and, most importantly, educate yourself. If you know the facts, you have a better chance of fighting. We need to fight.

Will you stand up?

Burgh Baby has.
FireMom has.
LaskiGal has.
Just Enjoy Him has.
Colleen has.

Let me know if you have. I’ll add you here so we can stand up together.

Turning One is a Big Deal

It’s hard to believe that I have a one year old. A walking, semi-talking, little person.

Alex had a wonderful Birthday and Birthday Party. We went to a nice little Italian restaurant on his Birthday and he enjoyed eating tons of white bread and tortellini. Seriously, he ate about a pound of bread. It was impressive.

"I'm 1!"

Wearing his “I’m 1” shirt, made by the wonderful and talented Karen, everyone knew without asking how old he was! At lunch the next day, a (clearly naive) waitress asked, “How old is he? Three or four months?” I almost laughed in her face, but refrained and answered her nicely.

Thanks to Zach’s father, “Big D” to Alex, an unbelievable cake was made to celebrate Alex turning one:

Wall-E Cake!

If I could take all of the credit, I would. But the credit is due almost entirely to Big D! The cake turned out fantastically, and Alex clearly enjoyed it:

Wall-E Cake!  and Alex eating him

By the end of the afternoon, Alex was exhausted. He had played with everyone for hours, had cake, opened presents, and played some more. He took a nice two hour nap while some cleaning was able to occur, and was refreshed and ready to play some more when he woke up!

All in all, the Birthday madness was a success!

Alex and Daddy