Hello, Friends of Georgia! We are happy to report that our girl is home after a fantastic first year at Tufts! From the get-go, she knew she had her found her place and her people, and the year went by quickly (yay!) and was full of positive experiences and wonderful new friends. We're so proud of Georgia not only for her academic and artistic achievements, but also for the way she embraced the adventure and enjoyed herself. As one of her Ann Richards teachers said on a recent visit, "College suits you, Georgia." So nice!
Roll 'Bos! (Go Jumbos!)
Dorm Room Deco
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
She has a radio show! "Granola Girls" with bestie, Sarah, on 91.5 WMFO!
So glad to have her HOME for Christmas!
Yep, there was snow. And she loved it.
Working on a video project.
Packing up to come home ...
after we watched the Red Sox WIN at Fenway!!
All this to say again, it was a great school year! In other exciting news, in January, Georgia was named the 2019 League Champion for the St. Baldrick's League of Legendary Heroes AND in July, she will be recognized as a Knight of the Bald Table for her seven years of volunteer service! She continues to choose to advocate for other kids still in the fight against cancer, so she will join me again at the 46 Mommas event in Washington, DC to meet with our representatives, share her story, and ask for increased research funding for safer, less-toxic treatments and cures for all childhood cancers. She really is a superhero!
This month, in particular, you, too, can be a superhero for kids fighting cancer by donating to Georgia's fundraising page for the DC event in July. With your help, we have raised over $160,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation through our Hero Fund, and we are so, so grateful for your continued support. Together, we are truly moving mountains!
Happy Summer, friends, and thank you for keeping our precious, brave, amazing girl on your mind and in your heart.
Hello - and Happy New Year! We've got a lot to catch up on from the last six(!) months, but we can report that all is very, very well in Georgia's World, and we couldn't be happier or more proud of her. We've taken a break from regular blogging, but we couldn't let the year close without marking the two biggest days in the Month of Georgia. So, say hello to the newly-minted 19-year-old in the house:
College life at Tufts very much agrees with her, and we are loving having her home this month.
And as happens every year since 2009, Georgia's birthday is immediately followed by the anniversary of her diagnosis. Nine years ago today, we headed into 2010 not knowing what the next few hours would look like, let alone the next 28 months of treatment. We are lucky and grateful that Georgia not only survived cancer but has thrived every day since, and we desperately want that for every child diagnosed with cancer.
We have big plans for the next year with the St. Baldrick's Foundation, and we hope you’ll continue to join us in helping to end childhood cancer for good. For today, though, we’ll celebrate with the annual viewing of the Lord of the Rings trilogy like the nerds we are. We wish everyone a Happy, Healthy New Year with much love, joy, and adventure, and we'll get caught up with all the news in 2019!
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. ~ Gandalf the Grey
It might have been two weeks ago, but we're still soaking it all in! Georgia's graduation was special for many reasons, not the least of which is she's been able to share this life-changing experience with a class full of incredible hearts and minds. They have formed bonds that will carry them through wherever life takes them, and we will be forever proud and grateful. We're also grateful for the support from all of you! Georgia's journey, in and out of the classroom, would not have been the same without your constant love and encouragement, and we can't say thank you enough! Happy Summer, friends!
The bright and beautiful Class of 2018!
Waiting backstage ...
Senior Art Students - so talented!
Our Shining Star!
She's ready ...
Receiving the Honors Award for English - it was a surprise!
Some of the other Honor Award recipients.
The Big Moment!!!
They may be small, but they are MIGHTY!
We owe so many thanks to the amazing Ms. Goka for her leadership and enthusiasm for the Ann Richards School and her genuine love for every Star that walks through those doors. She has earned her retirement, but we miss her daily presence!
Her last trip to school, to pick up her diploma ... sniff.
Finally, not exactly the distinction we wanted her to "win," but Tufts really is the perfect choice for her. Onward to Boston!!!
Whew! We knew that Georgia's Senior Year would be full of special events and milestones, but wow! Add in Ivy's end-of-year celebrations, too, and the calendar was double- and triple-booked quite a bit over the last two months. We have enjoyed every moment - with the biggest one yet to come - and we want to play a little catch-up and share these pictures with our dear Friends of Georgia. So in this post, we proudly present: April!
It's pretty clear how much swimming has meant to Georgia - and us - over the past four years. Each year, she has improved and enjoyed herself more than the one before. But serving as the captain and with the team having grown to 17 swimmers this year, this has been the best one yet. They are a close-knit group, they work hard, and they manage to have a lot of fun, too. In the end, Georgia earned several awards: Academic All-District; All-District, 2nd Team for 4x100 Free Relay and All-District, Honorable Mention for 200 Medley Relay.
Say it with me now, "Just Keep Swimming ..."
Regional 4x100 Free Relay Team and Senior Alternates
Coach of the Century
2017-18 Ann Richards Starfish!
Fresh off of our trip to Washington, D.C. and Boston, Georgia scooted back into town just in time for Prom! The dress she chose was actually something I bought at a vintage store in 1990, and she looked beautiful. Last year was silver, this year was gold, and both years were full of fun with her sweet friends.
We closed out the month with the Celebration of the Century, literally - our GG turned 100! We had a great party with family and friends, and the Birthday Girl inspired and entertained us all. On to the next 100 - and we'll be back soon with more from May.
The STAR Act - the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever introduced - passed the House! Thanks to the tireless efforts of so many advocates, allies, and families, we're one step closer to ALL kids diagnosed with cancer surviving and thriving. Next stop - Appropriations!
Georgia and I had an incredible visit to Washington, D.C. last month with the 46 Mommas, and it's so exciting to see the impact we had on today's vote. It's been a long time coming, and we're thrilled to have had the opportunity to get this landmark legislation over the line. And in typical Georgia fashion, she impressed everyone we spoke with on the Hill and did a stellar job on the interview from before and after the event:
You can still help make a difference for kids fighting cancer
by donating to the latest and greatest research HERE.
Thank you, Friends of Georgia, for your continued support!