Thursday, May 2, 2013


We had a pretty incredible experience last Thursday.  First of all, Mike works for Phillips 66 and I work for OakTree Software on the ConocoPhillips Windows 7 project.  I left my job of 7 years in July; Mike left his job of 5 years in September.  We're both new to this organization.  So when our colleagues, supervisors, and work acquaintances learned of Ben's diagnosis, we were gratefully surprised by the outpouring of support.  Most of them have known us for only a few short months!

Mike's dad has worked for the company for decades (sorry, Richard).  As he passed an old friend in the tunnels a few weeks ago with his freshly shaved head from the Bald for Ben night, I doubt he would have ever guessed the chain of events that would take place.

Rob learned about Ben, about us, and about what our family was going through.  He took action!

Rob auctioned off swipes of the clippers on his hair!  When he first started, we all suspected he might raise a couple hundred dollars.  Instead, he raised a couple THOUSAND!  Plus additional donations to St. Jude's in Ben's honor!

His generosity and the generosity of his team and co-workers has enabled us to purchase this for Ben, who in a few weeks as the intensification phase begins will no longer be allowed to go to the park for risk of infection.
Big Brother Ethan is pretty stoked about it, too!

The remaining donations will go towards his medical bills.

Strangers to us, did this for us.  We're unceasingly in awe of what people have done in support of our little boys.  

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