October 9th, 2015. Day +1673. Join us at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk!!   1 comment

Here’s another quick update from the Elske family-We are all doing very well.  That’s the short of it.

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This one is more on the longer side.
Charlotte and Molly are both enjoying school, though they often would rather sleep in on school days and wake up early and ready to go on the weekends.  We can’t seem to get them out of that habit.  Charlotte is keeping busy at night with her homework and Girl Scouts.  And Molly is enjoying herself in gymnastics.   She is learning lots of new things and she loves it.
We recently had a family get together with Aunt Sharon and the rest of the Elskes and Ericksons to remember Uncle Dean.  It was great to see everyone and talk with them again.  It reminded me of how absolutely lucky and blessed Amy and I are to have two happy and healthy little girls.  Life is too short to not hug your kids every day.  And to not tell your parents that you love them.  And life is just too damn short to be mean to people.

I know I’ve posted a few links to these types of videos in the past, but I constantly find more on youtube.  And I really think that they’re worth a watch.  A lot of time and effort went into producing these videos to raise awareness for hospitals for children and the good things that they do.  They all do so much more than just treat an illness or disease.  They take care of the families.  They build up emotions that may have taken a turn when physical states do the same.
As I’ve said before – With the exception of one crabby EKG technician, every person we ever met who worked at AFCH genuinely seemed like they wanted to be there.  They all knew they had a part to play in the healing of children and their families.  That can’t be an easy place to work and these folks do it with a smile on their face.
When you watch these videos, remember that every patient has a story like Charlotte’s.  Every parent has concerns and doubts and dark thoughts in their heads like Amy and I did. Every sibling is missing their brother or sister like baby Molly did.  Every grandparent has cried like ours have.  Every Pastor prays like Jim did.  Every Doctor wishes they could make a difference to this family like Dr Diamond did.  Every nurse, like Tracy, Katy, and countless others, has seen it all before-and will see it again.  And everywhere, all around the US, 43 new families are introduced to this nightmare that is childhood cancer every single day.  And the real crappy part is that not all of those kids are going to get the chance to grow up.

Of course, you all know that Leukemia is always on our minds, with having lost my Uncle Dean and my Grandpa Elske (Dean’s father), both to AML.  So we aren’t terribly happy to know that every 3 minutes, someone in the US is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.  And every 10 minutes, someone in the US loses their battle with it.
Terrific progress has been made since the time Grandpa Elske was diagnosed in the early 1970s; but overall AML five-year survival rates are still only 25%.  More can still be done and that is why we walk in the Light The Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on October 15 at The Duck Pond at Warner Park in Madison.  You can join our team or make a donation by clicking on the link below.

http://pages.lightthenight.org/wi/Capital15/CharlottesAngels

If you can’t make a donation, just come walk with us.  It’s a fun night, filled with good people hoping to make a difference in the fight against Leukemia.
If you can’t donate, or walk, that’s ok too.  Just hug your kids, and tell your family that you love them.

Thank you all for everything.

Posted October 9, 2015 by L. Elske in Uncategorized

One response to “October 9th, 2015. Day +1673. Join us at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk!!

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  1. Well said Lon, each day is a gift! 🙂

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