With great sadness, I ask for your prayers for yet another fallen warrior's family. We first met the "Tressler Team" (as we named them anyway) when Bryan and Christi were in treatment together in March of 2003 with both of the kids were doing the 3F8 attempt. Shayne was able to meet with Bryan's dad when he came to Ohio last year and Christi and Bryan last treated together at CHOP - exactly one short year ago. While technically "infection" killed this wonderful fourteen year old boy it's just yet another sickening way this evil beast manages wins. I know I'm perhaps too angry to write this morning, but I can't help but feel another family was robbed of their precious son - a fine (and "very cool" Christi thought) young man. Christi & Bryan may be snowboarding in Heaven, but a cure must be found soon!
FUNNY: On the way home from school tonight to drop off Shayla with my mom to run to class (where I'm currently on a ten minute break) I told her that I had been trying for many weeks to get a message to Christi to be waiting at Heaven's gates for little Penelope. Well, I told Shayla I imagined Christi sitting with a stack of books and about five pets waiting when suddenly Bryan Tressler comes whizzing by on his snowboard and Chrsiti says, "What? I've been waiting for Penelope, but I think that kid who just came flying past here was Bryan from CHOP - but didn't he have green or blue hair the last time we were together?" Shayla roared with laughter over that one. Mom was planning to go out to the cemetery for the very first time with Shayla tonight. (Shayla actually likes visiting Chrsiti's grave. My mom has yet to go out there.) Mom told me that the cemetery said she needs to come out and sign paperwork saying it's ok for Christi to be buried in one of her plots. Mom and I had some really great laughs over the responses she "could" give them!
I hope Blogger's now permitting the pics. I've had so many good ones latey. (OK, I'm bias!) Back to class now! Take care!
GREAT BIRTHDAYS! We celebrate you - Christi Thomas
BIRTHday (1997) 8 lbs. 4 oz. / 1:14PM - a "perfectly healthy baby" - or so we thought....
Aunt Marty & Uncle Jeff (1998 - baby is one!)
Age 2 (1999)
Age 3 (2000)
Age 4 (2001)
Age 5 (2002)
Age 6 (2003) Disney World!!
Age 7 (2004)
Age 8 (2005)
Age 9 (2006) The final hoorah!