Saturday, August 22, 2009

Burmese Pythons: Hunter is now the Hunted

Many public officials in Florida sprung into action and declared war against an exotic species that is invading the Florida Everglades. Currently, there is a new task force which was setup to deal with this growing problem that residents are facing. According to
Austin (2009), the Burmese Python is now being hunted and killed by the Python Patrol. New laws are aimed at slowing the "population explosion", while making snake owners "register their exotic pet" and follow more "stricter guidelines"....(Read More)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Thank You to The Dale Jr. Foundation!!!

The Laugh At Cancer Organization would like to thank the Dale Jr. Foundation for their generous donation of blankets and more, which will be used for our various programs. We appreciate their seeds of kindness and hope to continue working with them in the near future. We are proud to become Partner's for Life with such a wonderful organization like the Dale Jr. Foundation.

Also, Dale Jr is asking all of his fans to help him raise money for the various charities that are close to his heart. This year, Dale Jr. is matching any and all donations given by his loyal fans to the Hard Card Membership program! Anyone who will join him and give a gift of love through their online donation program.

Their kind donation will be matched by Dale Jr. himself. Even small gift of as little as $20.00 will make a difference in the lives of those he is trying to help.

Click here to learn more about the program: http://www.thedalejrfoundation.org/hardcard.html

To learn more about his new foundation and how it is helping others. Check out his website at: www.thedalejrfoundation.org

Help us spread the word to all Dale Jr fans that you know! Let's make a difference together by spreading seeds of kindness.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal Kauffman
Founder/President
www.laughatcancer.com

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Another Weekly Update On Sydney

Saturday- Today Syd looks good unfortunately she came back with another positive blood culture from the 1st which could explain the fevers still persisting even though the counts are coming back up. She might not be neutropenic today. If that is the case then they will stop the Gent & the Ambisome thank goodness, but because she had the pos blood culture, we have to keep the Vanco & meripenum just to be safe. So bottom line we are not going anywhere yet.

If she stops spiking temps and no more cultures now that her vanco is therapeutic maybe we will be able to go home in a couple of days. This pretty much stinks because everyday we are here now her counts are going up and it is cutting into our home time. SYd really needs some home time to get her strength mentally & physically & from a nutrition standpoint. Although they will not wait to long before the next cycle of chemo, the higher the counts go the more of a chance the leukemic cells are replicating and we don't want to give them that chance. But is good her counts came back just as planned ( almost clockwork day 28 just as her oncologist said)

Yesterday they ended up doing a scan of her sinuses, chest abdomen & pelvis just for make sure there was no other reason for fevers and it was negative. Syd was a champ. She swallowed the contrast and it all worked out. I wasn't really excited about her having this test but I was getting worried that she was still having fevers without a source.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Update on Sydney

Saturday- Last night just became a big nightmare. Sydney had possible platelet reaction, we really are not sure what happened. Her temp climbed to 103.0 she was inconsolable, and having pain at the insertion site of the platelets and they were infusing slower than usual? So I don’t know. But we were up all night, between her transfusion and antibiotics and moving from ER to 5th floor which is not Oncology because there were no beds.

Then transferring to 6th floor once a bed became available because the Oncology resident was in our room all night trying to figure out what was going on with her. So today her temp was 102.0 most of the day, we had a couple of breaks were it broke to 100.0 but that’s about it. She is such a strong little girl, I don’t know where she gets so much fight in her but it is inspiring. She is so feisty. The nurses probably love her too, because she is so demanding but oh well I just let her ask for what she wants now.

It’s pretty funny. She loves to press the call light. Today is the first day she has started shedding her hair, and she is having alot of diarrhea. Which has been very difficult for her because of the privacy factor. She hates that she needs help and has been trying to get to the bathroom but having difficulty making it. Right now they are starting another unit of blood and her temp right now is 103.4. I know everyone is praying for Syd but pray that these temps go down. I feel so bad for her.

Irene lynn-(Aunt provided update)

Please help us send Sydney a card (read the post Well wishes for Syndey for address and information!)

Thank you,

Crystal Kauffman
Founder/President

Well Wishes for Sydney (Please Send A Card)



FROM A FRIEND:

To all my friends:

I need your help. Sydney is my 5 ½ year old little cousin who loves mail. Recently, she was just diagnosed with Leukemia. My goal is to get at least 1000 cards sent to her during her 100 day stay in the hospital. If you can find the time to make this little person happy….please send her a card! Just tell her that you wish her well and to think happy thoughts.
If you can’t send a card, please go to the blog and send her well wishes. It makes no difference that she doesn’t know you. The difference that it will make is that you put a smile on her face – and in return you get the pleasure of knowing this. How cool is that! This is a time that we can set aside our stresses in life and focus on what is really important in our lives – not just our health, but understanding how we can touch people with a simple random act of kindness. In other words, how strong the power of love is. By keeping her in a positive state of mind will make a difference!

Below is where the get well cards can be sent:

Sydney Meekma Room-610
C/O % Comer Childrens Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

or go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/sydneyabigail You can also read about her updates there.

Prayers are free and when the spirit moves you…please send those too!

Cancer is not fun for anyone but Little Angels do get Cancer, too! Sydney is our Little Angel.

Below is a current update and background of Sydney that I received from my cousin – as of 6/16/09:

Two weeks ago this little kid could not get out of bed. Her Mom, Heidi, had to carry her to the bathroom. She hurt all over. She took her to the University of Chicago Children ’s Hospital, Comer Children’s and she has been there since. She is going through Chemo for 5 weeks, this being her second week. She will be there for 100 days after the chemo for a bone marrow transplant or maybe stem cells. They have not projected which yet! She had a tumor removed from her thigh when she was 1 1/2 years old- which also was cancer. It has gone to Leukemia now!

Heidi will stay at the McDonald House near the hospital during the 100 days. She lives too far away to commute from Frankfort , IL . She is a nurse and had to leave her job. She is staying with the little one constantly. Heidi has 2 children. The older child is a little girl with Downs Syndrome. Her name is Madison .

This is a big cross for one young family to bear. The whole family is in shock and prayers are the only thing that will help if anything else.

Thank you for anything you can do – even if it is your prayers.

And please, pass the word..1000 cards needed!!…Through our compassion we will find peace!

Irene Lynn- Sydney's Aunt

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Well Wishes For SYDNEY- PLEASE SEND A CARD

To all my friends:

I need your help. Sydney is my 5 ½ year old little cousin who loves mail. Recently, she was just diagnosed with Leukemia. My goal is to get at least 1000 cards sent to her during her 100 day stay in the hospital. If you can find the time to make this little person happy....plea se send her a card! Just tell her that you wish her well and to think happy thoughts.
If you can’t send a card, please go to the blog and send her well wishes. It makes no difference that she doesn’t know you. The difference that it will make is that you put a smile on her face – and in return you get the pleasure of knowing this. How cool is that! This is a time that we can set aside our stresses in life and focus on what is really important in our lives – not just our health, but understanding how we can touch people with a simple random act of kindness. In other words, how strong the power of love is. By keeping her in a positive state of mind will make a difference!

Below is where the get well cards can be sent:

Sydney Meekma Room-610
C/O % Comer Childrens Hospital
5721 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637



or go to www.caringbridge.org/visit/sydneyabigail You can also read about her updates there.



Prayers are free and when the spirit moves you...please send those too!

Cancer is not fun for anyone but Little Angels do get Cancer, too! Sydney is our Little Angel.





Below is a current update and background of Sydney that I received from my cousin - as of 6/16/09:



Two weeks ago this little kid could not get out of bed. Her Mom, Heidi, had to carry her to the bathroom. She hurt all over. She took her to the University of Chicago Children 's Hospital, Comer Children's and she has been there since. She is going through Chemo for 5 weeks, this being her second week. She will be there for 100 days after the chemo for a bone marrow transplant or maybe stem cells. They have not projected which yet! She had a tumor removed from her thigh when she was 1 1/2 years old- which also was cancer. It has gone to Leukemia now!



Heidi will stay at the McDonald House near the hospital during the 100 days. She lives too far away to commute from Frankfort , IL . She is a nurse and had to leave her job. She is staying with the little one constantly. Heidi has 2 children. The older child is a little girl with Downs Syndrome. Her name is Madison .



This is a big cross for one young family to bear. The whole family is in shock and prayers are the only thing that will help if anything else.



Thank you for anything you can do – even if it is your prayers.



And please, pass the word..1000 cards needed!!...Through our compassion we will find peace!



Irene Lynn

LAUGH AT CANCER FRIEND SENT THIS TO ME!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Father's Day Crafts and Activities

Do you want to make your father a unique, yet special gift that he can treasure or cherish for years? If so, check out the homemade projects and ideas below that allow everyone to get involved in the fun. In addition, celebrate your favorite moments with your father by showcasing them in one of the projects below. However, be sure an adult helps you with each project you do...(Read more)

Father's Day Gifts on Any Budget

Buying gifts on any budget can be easier than you think, since there are thousands of presents you could choose from. However, Father's Day is not about giving expensive gifts and going broke celebrating. In this economic downturn, many families won't have extra money to spend on a gift for their father. So, here are some ways to give dad a special day, which shows him how much you adore him...(Read More)

How to Remember Your Dad on Father's Day?

Every year, we celebrate Father's Day by giving dad a special day that shows him how special he is to his family. We usually buy a gift that is hardly used and generally forgotten about through the years. This year, do not waste your money or precious time worrying about what to buy dad, instead you can make him a scrapbook from your heart. Furthermore, your gift will be priceless and memorable, if you ask the whole family to get involved in your project...(Read More)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

WHY DO I LAUGH AT CANCER?

By Crystal S. Kauffman
Founder/President

I LAUGH BECAUSE I AM NOT SCARED OF YOU,
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU CAN’T MAKE ME BLUE.
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT WIN,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I SHALL CELEBRATE AGAIN.

I LAUGH BECAUSE I WILL ALWAYS RISE ABOVE,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE UNDYING LOVE.
I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE YET ANOTHER DAY,
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU WON’T GET IN MY WAY.

I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE PICTURES TO TAKE,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE MEMORIES TO MAKE.
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOUR SHIP HAS SAILED,
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU HAVE FAILED!

I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T KNOW,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I STOLE THE SHOW.
I LAUGH BECAUSE I AM ALIVE,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I WILL SURVIVE!
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Reading Can Spread Seeds of Hope...

Did you know that reading articles can spread seeds of hope to those families facing cancer’s touch? Well you can, just by reading the diverse articles and poems, which I have written over the last few years. Most of my readers know that I am a freelance author and the founder of the Laugh at Cancer Organization. (Read more)

Mass Media Impact on America's Youth

Many of America's youth have cut their teeth on violence and grew up on immoral behavior in the media. They are being bombarded with violent images on a daily basis. Now, he or she has developed behaviors which imitate art. According to Escobar-Chaves and Anderson (2008), children and youth have witnessed violence and have become more aggressive. Most children. However, children and teens can be sensitive to what they hear on the news.

They may even believe what they hear on the news, which may be taken out of the context. Researchers believe that the youth of America is vulnerable to life around may not realize that it is a biased opinion. For example, during this recent election year, many schools have been letting children hold mock elections...(Read More)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Devotional: Struggling Through Life

hurt1In the daily trials that you face, you begin learning more about yourself and your desires. You learn how much you can handle without God at your side. Soon, you will learn how to let him take control of your entire life. He has given free will to choose and dream like everyone else in the world. However, he is waiting for you to choose him and allow him to know your innermost desires. By allowing him to guide you, he can deliver the things of which you never dreamed....(Read more)