One of the greatest things we were able to do recently was the annual LAPD/LAFD St. Baldrick's Head Shaving event. Our son Micah, and my cousin Blake, have shaved their head now for the past three years in honor of Hazel. It has always been such a touching tribute, but this year in particular was the most heartwarming because Hazel got to shave both of their heads! She had the time of her life! While she took a break between shaves, she remained on stage because one of the shavers asked her if she wanted a braid in her hair. I was finishing Micah's head and got to watch, as my once bald daughter, stood next to her bald by choice brother, with a head full of healthy hair getting a french braid done. I cannot even begin to adequately put into words the swells of emotions that washed over me in that moment, and I am so thankful we got to have it.
While we have truly been enjoying these last months, I have to unfortunately say that it is that time again for Hazel to have her scans. I am especially anxious about these scans because it is our first time that we waited FOUR MONTHS instead of our usual THREE. Neuroblastoma is such a sneaky, and extremely fast growing disease, so waiting longer to keep a watchful eye on it is especially unnerving. She has one scan next week, and another scan the following week. So we may not be able to update you with results until the first week of May! Please keep our daughter in your prayers and thoughts these next few weeks!
So onto some of the things that have been in the works and keeping us all busy! As some of you may remember, our family has started a fundraising and awareness website called Hope With Hazel. Rather than start our own non-profit, we decided that the childhood cancer community would benefit more if we came alongside other established organizations who are already doing so much good, and those that helped our family during Hazel's journey. We have hosted one fundraiser so far, and now it is time for our next one! And as a bonus, this fundraiser is 2-in-1!!
As our little Hazelnut is Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Pizza Girl, we thought it only appropriate to raise money for them by having a giant Pizza Fundraiser! So we have joined up with NINE local California Pizza Kitchen locations to have 20% of their profits for all of May 5th be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles! If you would like to attend, be sure to print out a copy of the flyer below. Now not only are we going to be able to donate money to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, but we are also going to be collecting life-saving blood donations the very same day! Did you know that one pint of your blood can save up to three children?! Hazel received well over 70 different blood or platelet transfusions, so her life literally depending on people like YOU! We will be hosting the CHLA Blood Mobile in front of the Simi Valley location from 9:00am-2:30pm, and our family will be there, so we hope to see you!
We have a couple more INCREDIBLE things in the works, and once we solidify all the details, we will share it with you. So keep watch for it!