Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chock full

Good morning! First off, thank you so much for your support of Lunch for a Cure. Sydney loves the fact that the ornaments on her tree continue to grow. It has put a big smile on her face. For me, well I am happy because I see the research that is going to be funded with those lunches. We already have a clear vision of some of the research that desperately needs funding and an indication of where these dollars are most needed. Perhaps tomorrow I will have the time to outline them.

Today is already full throttle. I am excited to be attending a seminar on targeting resistant neuroblastoma by bypassing P53. I know, I know. It probably does not seem very interesting to many but, to me, it is a talk I have been awaiting for a long time. I don't want to speculate too much but I believe that I will finally be hearing some results of some very promising preclinical research. It is a truly novel approach and, if it is as good as I believed it would be in the first place, this could be a significant step. I don't want to get everyone too excited but you can be sure that I will be reporting on this one.

Yes, I know. The neuroblastoma nerd in me is coming out again. What can I say. I just can't help myself when I see change. New research and novel approaches excite me.

Unfortunately, the rest of my day is swallowed up with meetings with the health department and other miscellany. I also have a pile of email from families wanting to discuss the various pros and cons on various phase 1 trials. Frankly, that is the thing I want to do most today, but unfortunately, it is also the thing that I will probably be able to do the least given today's hectic schedule. For those of you awaiting email, I am doing my best to get back to you.

As for everyone else's concerns - the kiddos. Well, the twerplets extraordinaire are doing spectacularly. It has been a busy week back to school and, of course, it has also been jam packed with Tae Kwon Do team practice. We already have 3 down and the kiddos can expect another one tonight and one on Saturday morning. In the midst of all of this we also had time to play around the house, share in the excitement of the first snowfall of the year, and play pyromaniacs as we lit the first fire place fire of the year with balls of newspaper. (Not to worry, although fun, this is a great opportunity to teach the kids about fire safety.) Oh yeah, and yesterday the ABS brakes went out on my car - a $2800 hickey. At what point have you officially driven your urban assault vehicle into the ground?

Life is feverish but I don't know that I want it any other way.

The family is great.

The purpose rocks on.

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