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Find out where your money goes before you donate

Will you be giving a donation to a charity this month? Before you give you might want to read the articles below. One is a story of 4 charities who raised $187 million dollars, and they kept it! Well, most of it…about 3% of it was used to help cancer patients. And this isn’t the first time a story like this has been published. It turns out that this more common than you or I would like it to be. Read More


Supplements & Alternatives

In the last month I have had a few conversations where alternative treatment options have come up. I’ve been asked to share some info by a few, and I thought it might be helpful for anyone who is interested. This is a very quick list. I’ll go into more detail in the future on each of these – but I hope this is helpful 🙂

-William Read More


Survivor – my parents story

Over the course of the last year our kids have continued to be involved in dance. Even with all the doctors visits, chemo, being sick…dang…i’m gonna cry typing about it…they rarely missed a class. And even though we couldn’t be involved at the same level we were normally, Tamika never missed a performance. We went to every competition with a can of lysol (or 2) and would do our best to sterilize the hotel room, avoid sick kids, take our fresh fruit and blender, and only venture out of the hotel room when it was time for our kids to perform. It was difficult emotionally and draining physically, but we survived.

This year our kids are performing more than ever before and we are so excited that we are able to be involved again. We spent most of our time this year hanging out with parents and watching the competition from just a few feet away. You may have seen a version of this dance before as my kids surprised us with it at the Christmas Recital last year – but here is the performance from the 24/seven dance convention in Santa Clara last week. It is the story of Tamika and I as we walked through this last year together.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂




Keep Breathing

UPDATE 3/30/2015: Our kids have performed this dance at two competitions this year. They were awarded a Platinum and 1st overall in their class at Dupree (San Francisco) and also won 1st in SOL (San Luis Obispo). It is amazing to watch and see how people are moved by this dance every time they perform. We hope to get some GREAT video from 24/7 in May and we will share it with you all 🙂

UPDATE 2/27/2015: The name of the dance has been changed to Survivor (our parents story) and our kids will be competing with this dance starting at Dupree Dance in SF this weekend. So blessed to have our kids telling this story to the world through dance 🙂

Last night at our dance studio’s Christmas Showcase we were taken by surprise when the studio owner announced that our children were performing a dance for us. We had no idea that they had been choreographing and practicing this dance for the last few weeks. They kept is a secret, didn’t put it on the schedule and even told us they were going to the studio to practice other dances every time they asked for a special rehearsal.

So here it is, the story of William and I over this last year told in dance by our children.

Merry Christmas!

-Tamika Read More


Our Little Pink Experience

So back in the beginning, when we first got the news that I had cancer, we didn’t really know what things were going to look like.  William spent hours googling (what…it’s a word) to find answers and figure out what our next steps would look like, who were the doctors we should use, was there financial help…and one of the organizations he found was Little Pink Houses of Hope.

We read about how this non-profit was giving away family vacations to Breast Cancer patients, and while it wasn’t something that I initially wanted to sign up for because I didn’t feel that I really qualified for it, we filled out the application and sent it in.  I imagine that thousands of people did the same, because weeks later I received an email thanking me for my application but telling me that all the spots were full and that I could apply again next year.  I was a little bummed 🙁 Read More