Friday, September 21, 2012

Update on Faith - 9/21/12

After 12 days of being held in quarantine in her hospital room at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, we have this good news that we just now received from Faith's mom, Rachel:

"Good news! Faith is going home today! Counts continue to go up and Faith is feeling and looking good. Our family thanks you so much for praying."

We are so very happy that Faith gets to go home today (just in time for the weekend)!  We hope that she has a great weekend with her mom, dad and siblings, and that she enjoys sleeping in her very own bed tonight!

We thank everyone for praying so hard for Faith over the course of the past 12 days!  Means so much to Faith and her family.  Thank you!

WE LOVE YOU FAITH!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Update on Faith: 9/17/12

Faith's mom and dad are very thankful for those of you who have kept Faith in your prayers over the past several days.  Faith went into the hospital a week ago today, due to a fever that had spiked, after having been in her new first grade class just a couple of days.  A few days after being admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Faith's fever subsided, only to be replaced by a cold, which prompted the hospital to put her into quarantine.  Towards the middle of last week, Faith's fever returned, in combination with her cold symptoms.  Her cold had developed into a deep, raspy constant cough, that sounded like it was getting deeper into her lungs.  At the end of the week, as her good cell counts dropped all the way down to zero, completely eliminating her immune system, the hospital conducted some tests and took measures to ensure that Faith's cold and fever were not developing into symptoms more threatening.  

Since late last week, Faith's appetite completely disappeared due to the effects of the chemo, and she did not eat any food for 3 or 4 days (this was due to the fact that the chemo "blinds" the taste buds, and the irritation in her throat from the constant coughing, made it too difficult for her to swallow food).  However, we are happy to report and are very thankful, that she was able to eat some french toast this morning.

As of tonight, Faith remains in quarantine in her hospital room.  Her good cell counts are only at 30.  Her fever has subsided (hopefully for good, this time), yet her deep cough and cold symptoms remain.  Doctors are estimating that Faith may remain in the hospital through the duration of this week.  However, we are praying hard that her good white blood cell count increases dramatically, that her cold subsides and that the fever does not make a reappearance, so that Faith can go home to be with her whole family, just as soon as possible.

Faith's entire family are very appreciative for all the continued thoughts and prayers.  Very thankful for them.

WE LOVE YOU, FAITH!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Update on Faith: 9/12/12

On Monday of this week, Faith was admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital due to a fever that had spiked, after only three days of being in her new first grade class at school.  By Tuesday, Faith's fever had subsided.  However, as the fever subsided, Faith developed a cold.  Now, since Faith has a cold (which is considered to be contagious), she has been placed in quarantine in her hospital room with her mom.

Faith's doctor met with Faith's mom and informed her that he does not think that they will be able to leave the hospital in less than a week.  The intense chemotherapy treatment that Faith took last week is still working in her body, which is killing all of the bad cells, but is also working against her good cells, as well.  Therefore, the doctor told Faith's mom that he will not release her until her good cell levels are at a suitable, "healthy" level, and he does not anticipate that happening for at least a week from now.

To further complicate matters, Faith's little sister, Anna, has also developed a cold.  So, while Faith's mom is in the hospital helping to care and comfort Faith, her dad is having to stay home from work to take care of Anna.

Now, more than ever, Faith and her family need your prayers.  They are in need of strength, peace, comfort, hope and encouragement, in more ways than we can even begin to imagine.  

Please pray hard.

WE LOVE YOU FAITH!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Please say a prayer for Faith right now...

We ask for all of you to say a prayer for Faith and her family tonight.  

With very, very low cell counts, and after only having had the opportunity to be a first-grader for three days, Faith now has a fever and had to be admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital this afternoon.  Instead of having dinner together gathered around their kitchen table, Faith's family had dinner together at the hospital this evening, while the hospital staff ran cultures and tests on Faith's blood to find out what bacteria may be in her blood, and to ensure that there are no infections, etc.  The hospital has Faith on antibiotics and under close supervision.  We are thankful that she is in very good hands with some very wonderful nurses and doctors.

Although we are extremely discouraged, and our hearts break that she cannot be in school, learning, laughing and playing like most normal kids her age are doing at the start of the school year.  We do trust in God to provide Faith and her family the peace, strength and encouragement that they are going to need to get through this set-back.  Through this very tough and difficult journey, God has been very faithful in providing strength and peace to Faith's family, and we have confidence that He will continue to be faithful in showing His love to this family.  Especially through the power of your prayers for her.

The last time Faith was hospitalized due to fever, she was in for quite a few days, before being healthy enough to be released again.  We ask tonight, that you please pray for Faith's fever to subside, and for her good white blood cell counts to build back up, so that she can get out of the hospital in as little time as possible.

A "normal" six year old girl belongs in the classroom and on the playground...not lying in some hospital bed being poked with needles.

Please pray right now, and thank you all so much for doing just that! 

WE LOVE YOU FAITH!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Faith's First Day as a First Grader!

Faith and her big brother, Will, before heading out for their first day of school
Faith began her first day as a first grader today. As Faith heads to school this morning, her mom asks for you to please pray for Faith. 

Faith had a spinal yesterday, and during the spinal procedure, they found that her good cell counts are very, very low, which makes her especially susceptible to becoming ill.  With such low cell counts, Faith's mom asks that you please pray that she does not contract any flu or fever symptoms from any of her fellow schoolmates as she goes back to school, as this would put her back into the hospital and set her back in her treatment.  Also, being in the hospital would mean that she would not be able to be in school learning and playing with the rest of her classmates. 

Faith is VERY excited to be going to school this morning as a first-grader, and we are very excited for her, but we are also very nervous for her, as her immune system is so very weak right now.  So, we do ask that you please pray for Faith's health today, and pray that God would keep her safe from any illness that would set her back in her fight and her education.

Thank you all for all of your prayers!  We love you, Faith!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Birthday, Faith!

Faith is 6 years-old today and Robie's Got Faith would like to say:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FAITH!!!


Faith will be celebrating her birthday today by visiting the Oregon Zoo in Portland with her family and hanging out with her cousins, and of course, opening a few birthday presents and eating some birthday cake along the way, too!


Thanks to everyone, who has helped to support Faith in her fight against leukemia, and for all of your prayers for her.


As soon as Faith's cell counts are high enough, she begins another round of chemotherapy.  Twenty-one more weeks of intensive chemotherapy, and then Faith's treatments will transition into a "maintenance" phase, which will continue for approximately another year.  So long as everything goes as scheduled and as prescribed by her doctors, the projected target date for the end of Faith's treatments, and her victory over this ugly disease, is set for May 9th, 2014.  A date that all of Faith's family and friends most certainly have circled on their calendars...what a wonderful day that will be!  


Faith still has a long road ahead of her in this fight.  But, we have nothing but FAITH, that through the continued powerful prayers of great people like you who love her, that God will continue to intervene in the day-to-day struggles and adversity that Faith and her family may face, to give them the grace, peace and strength they will need to endure and conquer this nasty disease in Faith's body, once and for all.


There certainly is a long road and more tiring battles ahead for Faith and her family.  But, today we take a break from all of that, as we simply celebrate the birthday of one sweet little 6 year-old girl.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FAITH!!!  WE LOVE YOU!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Introducing Robie!

Introducing Robie, the official spokesdog for Robie's Got FaithTM! Robie was born on April 23rd, just one day after the inaugural Robie's Got FaithTM weekend.  Robie will forever only wear orange-colored collars to show his support for Faith and all of the other little kids who are battling leukemia. Robie HATES leukemia.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Faith Graduates Kindergarten!

Yesterday, Faith had a very difficult day, as she was dealing with mouth sores and had a difficult time eating, as a result of her most recent chemo treatment. But, thankfully today, Faith felt great, and felt well enough to attend her kindergarten graduation this evening. Her mom (Rachel) emailed this quick note and photo:

"Faith had her ceremony at Harvey Clarke Elementary this evening. She is doing well and thanking God she was present at her Graduation. Love you all very much!!"





Robie's Got Faith thanks you all for your ongoing prayers for Faith and her family.  THANK YOU!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Prayers for Faith, Please!

Please keep Faith in your prayers tomorrow, as she heads back into Doernbecher Children's Hospital for another round of intensive chemotherapy.  She checks in tomorrow at 9:30am PST and is not expected to be released until Saturday or Sunday.  Please pray that all goes as intended and as prescribed during this treatment, and that Faith can be as comfortable and pain-free as possible during these upcoming days in the hospital.  Thank you all for your prayers!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Robie's Got Faith 2nd Run of Shirts Are In!


ROBIE’S GOT FAITH 2ND RUN OF SHIRTS ARE IN!
Great news! At long last, the 2nd Run of the Robie’s Got Faith shirts are finally in-hand. For those of you who have been patiently waiting for your back-ordered shirt, be checking your mailbox, as shirts are being mailed out to you ASAP! Thanks for all of your patience, as getting this 2nd run of shirts completed has taken us a bit longer than we had originally expected (the shirts needed for the Exergy Tour that was just in Boise understandably took precedence over our shirt production in McU Sports’ printing department). Anyway, we do thank all of you for your patience, and again, for all of your support and participation in the 2012 Robie’s Got Faith events. We look forward to your support and participation again in 2013 as we continue our efforts in honoring and raising financial support for one-child-at-a-time in his or her battle against cancer.

HOW IS FAITH DOING?
Many of you may be wondering how Faith is doing, and how her chemo treatments are going. To stay up-to-date with Faith and her progress in her fight against leukemia, we suggest that you subscribe to her blog: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/faithcanfield . Updates to this blog are made on a regular basis by Faith’s mom, dad and other family members. An update to the blog was just posted last night, so we do encourage you to check it out. Of course, we also ask for all of you to please continue in keeping Faith and her family in all of your thoughts and prayers, as they are certainly in need of those prayers.
Again, we cannot thank you all enough for your participation this year, and look forward to coming together with you all again next year in April of 2013, to make a direct and meaningful impact in the life of one child, as he or she faces the biggest battle of his or her life.

THANK YOU!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Last Call to Take Advantage of This Special Offer from earHerosport!!!

THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS SPECIAL OFFER FROM EARHEROSPORT, WHILE ALSO MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THE FAITH CANFIELD BENEFIT FUND!!!


Thank you to earHerosport for pledging their profits directly to Faith's fund for anyone who enters Coupon Code "FAITH" when purchasing the earHerosport on their website.  Designed by an audiologist, earHerosport earphones are so tiny they never block your ear canal. Because your ear canal is left open, you are able to hear your surroundings while still listening to music. You can hear people speak, hear cars, hear potential dangers. Whether you are hitting the slopes, out for a long ride or going for a run, earHerosport makes your active lifestyle more safe.

The earHerosport is regularly retailed at $149.  But, for a limited time, anyone entering Coupon Code "FAITH" can now get the safest earphones on the market for only $129.  The best of all is whenever you purchase an earHerosport, earHero will donate the profits from that sale directly to the Faith Canfield Benefit Fund.

Thank you to earHerosports for this great offer for Robie's Got Faith, and for dedicating your profits to help Faith and her family.  Thank you!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Question: Robie's Got Faith 2013? Answer: YES!


SHIRT BACKORDER
For those of you who have not yet received your 2012 Robie’s Got Faith shirt, we want to thank you for your patience. Our final run of 2012 shirts is currently in production, and we are hoping to have these in-hand by the end of next week, or so. As soon as the shirts do come in, we will be mailing shirts out to all of those participants who have not yet received theirs. Again, thanks for your patience, and THANK YOU for your participation!

ROBIE’S GOT FAITH 2013
Please join us again in participating in the 2nd Annual Robie’s Got Faith weekend, which will be held during the weekend of the Race to Robie CreekTM in April of 2013. It has been determined that Robie’s Got Faith will be an annual event to benefit and raise support for an individual child and their family to help offset medical-related expenses in that single child’s fight against cancer. As with this year, 100% of your registration fees will go directly to the benefit fund of that individual child. We will be sure to keep you updated throughout the year with more news and information regarding Robie’s Got Faith 2013...please stay tuned!

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Second Timothy Four Seven

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Robie's Got Faith: A HUGE Success!

Robie's Got Faith is very proud to report, that during the short time that our fund-raising efforts were first inspired on the evening of January 27th, through the close of our silent auction at the 13th St. Pub and Grill on the evening of April 22nd, we were able to raise $47,473.39 for the Faith Canfield Benefit Fund!!!


Faith was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on January 10th, 2012.  Knowing that she has, at least, a three-year fight against leukemia and countless chemotherapy treatments and platelet transfusions ahead of her, it was the heart and purpose of Robie's Got Faith to assist in removing the financial strains and pressures associated with Faith's illness.  Our hope was that instead of having to stress and worry about the expenses related to Faith's illness, Faith's parents would be able to focus all of their energy, concern and care towards Faith, to help her as she heads down the road to recovery.  With the fund that all of us (yes, including you!) were able to build for Faith, we have confidence that we have met and achieved this goal.


We humbly, sincerely and whole-heartedly thank all of our individual and corporate sponsors for making the vision of Robie's Got Faith a reality, and we wish to thank all of you who participated, and participated in-spirit, during the Robie's Got Faith 2012 weekend on April 21st and 22nd.  Because of your very generous support and contributions, you have made a VERY BIG and VERY DIRECT impact in the life of one sweet little 5-year-old girl, as she (already at the age of 5) faces the biggest battle of her life.


We can all now proudly say that we have fought the good fight, we have finished the race and we have kept the faith.  (2 Timothy 4:7)  


To all of you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tomorrow is going to be HOT!

Some of us Robie's Got Faith participants, just finished running the Race to Robie Creek this afternoon.  Temps today were in the low 80's.  Nevertheless, runners along the course were dropping like flies along the course and the first aid station at the finish line was completely full as runners were being treated with IV's to help them in recuperating from heat exhaustion and dehydration.

The reason we mention this, is because tomorrow's forecast is predicted to be even HOTTER than today!  It's gonna be HOT folks!  Temps are expected to be in the high 80's, with one forecast calling for a temperature of 90-degrees.

Therefore, we want to caution EVERYONE who is planning on participating in Robie's Got Faith events tomorrow.  We ask that you PLEASE do not overdo it on the race course tomorrow.  Know your limits, and stay well-within those limits as you participate tomorrow.  Obviously, our 5k and 10k events are not the toughest race in the northwest like the Race to Robie Creek is.  However, we will not be well-equipped to treat runners suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.  We will not have a recovery tent, and will not be able to treat runners with IV's.

We remind you all that you are responsible for yourselves on the race course!

If you have been training to run tomorrow's 10k, and think you're "kind of" ready, we would encourage you to NOT risk it if you're unsure or feeling only "kind of" ready.  Instead opt to run the 5k.  You do not need to inform the race volunteer staff if you change your mind and want to change events.  Just go ahead and change, if you feel that it's more of a 5k day for you instead of a 10k day, considering the hot temperatures that we will be running/walking in.  Same thing goes for the 5k runners and walkers.  If you're unsure if you are ready to go that distance, tomorrow is NOT the day to test yourself to find out.  It's just going to be way too hot!

Some things to keep in mind, and suggestions for staying healthy and keeping cool for tomorrow's events:

1.  Yes, we will have a timing clock at the start and finish line.  HOWEVER, no times are being recorded, nor will they be posted after the race.  The clock at the finish line, is only there for your own convenience, so that you yourself can glance at it as you finish, if you choose.  No one else is going to be tracking or monitoring your time, except yourself.  We will not be recording, nor posting anyone's times for the 5k or 10k.  So, don't try to "overperform" beyond your capabilities and over-exert yourself for a "good time".  Because, really, your finish time will not matter tomorrow.

2.  All of our races are on out-and-back courses, which means that we finish from the same place we start.  Therefore, as you are running and/or walking tomorrow, and you happen to begin to feel exhaustion or dehydration, please STOP, turn around, and return to the start/finish line.  Again, times are not being recorded anyway, and we are not keeping track of 1st place, 2nd place, etc.  This race is not about getting a good time...it's about having a good time to support and honor Faith.

3.  We will have water stations along the course, and water at the finish for the participants.  With that said, because all of our water has been donated by Costco, our supply of water does have a limit.  Therefore, we ask two things to help us out in keeping everyone hydrated tomorrow:  1.  Please make plans to bring water, Gatorade, etc. for your own family, to help keep you and your family hydrated throughout the afternoon.  2.  We also ask that water that is being provided at the end of the races for the participants be reserved only for those who are participating.  Again, if you have family that are coming to cheer you on, please make arrangements to pack along water, etc. for them.  Your cooperation in this will help us out tremendously in making sure that everyone stays plenty hydrated, and that all of our participants can have bottled water at the finish.

4.  Make sure to wear a hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen tomorrow to help in keeping yourself shaded and keep your skin from the direct sunlight.

5.  While waiting to participate for your event tomorrow, do your best to find shade, and get off of your feet and relax.  Veterans Memorial Park is full of nice shade trees...so, do your best to find a spot under one.

6.  Finally, again please remember, you are all responsible for yourselves tomorrow.  No one knows your limits, except you.  If you're not feeling up to participating, or participating in the event that you had signed up for.  There is absolutely no shame in moving down to a shorter distance event, or simply not participating at all and instead cheering those on who are participating.  Tomorrow is not about 1st place finishes, or Personal Best records.  We will not be handing out prizes to those who cross the line first.  Tomorrow is not about that.  Tomorrow is about a little girl named Faith who is battling leukemia.

Now, go start drinking LOTS of water in preparation for tomorrow.  We'll see you all at Veterans Memorial Park tomorrow.  We look forward to all of you running/walking well-hydrated, and participating well within your means and capabilities.

Let's all stay healthy in the heat tomorrow, as we show our honor and support...for Faith!!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

A 5-Year-Old Celebrity from Portland Arrives in Boise Today!

Faith with her Daddy
The Robie's Got Faith weekend officially kicks off today at 12:20pm, as Faith and her family will be arriving on a private flight from Portland to the Boise Airport.  Family, friends and any other supporters who would like to join us as we welcome Faith to Boise, are more than welcome to.  Faith and her family will be deplaning at the Jackson Jet Center Air Terminal, which is just west of the Boise Air Terminal.  We are again VERY THANKFUL for the Moon Family and their generosity in donating their aircraft and fuel for the weekend, to make Faith's involvement here in Boise even possible.  Without their generosity, there simply would not have been a way for Faith to be with us this weekend.  We also give a BIG THANK YOU to Tim Griffin and Jetstream Aviation for providing their service and time in piloting the Moon Family's plane from Portland to Boise and back this weekend for Faith's family.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shirt and Packet Pick-Up is on Friday From 4pm to 8pm:


Robie’s Got Faith weekend events are quickly approaching, so we thought that we would take just a moment to share with all of you who have registered to participate (or participate in “spirit”) some important “need-to-knows” for the upcoming weekend:

SHIRT BACK-ORDERS:
Some of you may have received a “Shirt Backorder” email from us. If you did receive this email from us, we again want to apologize for the inconvenience of not having your specific shirt style and/or size available for this weekend. Simply put, the response for this event has been far greater than we had ever anticipated, estimated or could have imagined (which, we do consider a very positive thing, since 100% of the proceeds from all registrations goes directly to the Faith Canfield Benefit Fund to help in supporting Faith in her fight against leukemia). 

However, unfortunately, this does mean that not everyone will have a Robie’s Got Faith shirt for the events in the coming weekend. For those of you whose shirts are on backorder, we do want to again stress that we are VERY thankful for your participation and support of this very worthy event for a very deserving little girl, and that we will make it our top priority to get your shirt, in its correct size and style to you, just as quickly as we can. 

Again, we thank all of you for your kind support and participation, and for standing with Faith in her fight. THANK YOU!

PACKET AND SHIRT PICK-UP:
For those of you who did NOT receive a “Shirt Backorder” email from us (and also did not pay the extra $5 to have your shirt shipped to you), your shirts and race packets will be available for pick-up on Friday April 20th from 4pm to 8pm at Veterans Memorial Park in Boise. Our shirt and packet pick-up table can be found near the picnic shelter and play equipment at Veterans Memorial Park that day (look for the “Robie’s Got Faith” corporate sponsor banner...that’s where we’ll be!)

Can you pick your shirt and packet up on Sunday before the start of the Robie’s Got Faith events? The answer is, yes. However, to help in keeping race day running smoothly and efficiently, we would encourage and greatly appreciate everyone who is able, to PLEASE pick your shirts and packets up on Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Park between 4pm and 8pm. If you absolutely cannot make it to pick up your shirt and packet at that time, you may pick up your shirt and packet at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday before the races, beginning at 12pm.

Again, please try to have your shirts and packets picked up on Friday, rather than race day. Your cooperation helps keep everything much more organized and efficient for race day. Thank you!

THE RACE TO ROBIE CREEKTM HALF MARATHON:
For those of you who are running the Race to Robie CreekTM Half Marathon in honor of Faith on Saturday, our group will have an “assembly area” somewhere in the park at Fort Boise Park, beginning at 10am that morning. Keep your eye out for the Robie’s Got Faith corporate sponsor banner, as this is where our group will be getting together to stretch and chat away some of the pre-race jitters that morning. 

Also, assuming that Faith gets released by her doctor to travel to Boise this coming weekend, Faith and her family will there to meet and thank all of the Race to Robie CreekTM Runners for conquering the summit in Faith’s honor. Hope to see everyone there at our meeting spot on Saturday morning.

ROBIE’S GOT FAITH KIDS' MILE-RUN, 5K RUN/WALK AND 10K RUN:
Don’t forget, the Robie’s Got Faith Kids’ Mile-Run, 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run events take place this coming Sunday, April 22nd. Here’s a quick summary of Sunday’s agenda:

11:30am – Shirt and race packet pick up begins for those that were not able to pick up shirts and race packets on Friday evening.  (Again, PLEASE try to pick up your shirts and packets on Friday, if at all possible)

1pm – Kids Mile-Run begins! Parents are highly encouraged to run/walk the race with their kids if they feel their child may need help, assistance or encouragement along the way. We have some exciting surprises up our sleeves for all the kids running the race that day.

2pm – The 5k Run/Walk and the 10k Run begins!

6pm – After party and silent auction begins at 13th Street Pub and Grill in Hyde Park in Boise.

Weather for the coming weekend is looking like it’s going to be HOT! Current forecast predicts temperatures in the upper 80’s! We will have one water aid station in place for the Kids’ Mile-Run, three water aid stations in place for the 5k and five water aid stations in place for the 10k. With that said, please make sure to be drinking plenty of water between now and race day, and it would be a good idea to also bring your own H2O for you and your family, so that you can stay hydrated before the race. Also, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and protect that skin!

POST RACE PARTY AND SILENT AUCTION:
Don’t forget, that following the races at the park on Sunday, we will be holding our after party and silent auction at the 13th Street Pub and Grill in Hyde Park in Boise. The post-race party and silent auction begins at 6pm. You will NOT want to miss out on this silent auction! Here are a few of the items that will be up for bid:

- BSU Football helmet, signed by Coach Pete and the BSU coaching staff

- BSU Football signed by Coach Pete

- Framed autographed “50 Win” photograph of Kellen Moore

- Weekend Get-Aways to Tamarack Resort, Sun Valley Resort, and many others

- Tickets to Local Sporting Events

- Handmade Fly Fishing Rod

- Sturgeon Fishing Trip for Four People

- Framed Art and Photography by distinguished local artists and photographers

- Themed Gift Baskets

- MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

A big weekend for a special little girl is only a few short days away. We are very excited, and cannot wait to run, walk and cheer in honor and support of 5-year-old Faith Canfield and her fight against leukemia.

FOR FAITH!

Post-Race Party and Silent Auction Starts at 6pm on Sunday!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thank you for your Prayers and thank you for your help!

We received reports from Faith's mom Rachel that Faith is suddenly feeling MUCH better, and in fact, was feeling well enough to go to school yesterday, and even felt well enough to go to her dance class last night.  We are not dumb to the fact that her rapid recovery from feeling ill is a direct result of answer to some big prayers from all of you.  So we thank you all for keeping Faith a priority in all of your continued thoughts and prayers.  We ask that you please keep praying that she remain healthy and feeling well this coming week, so that her and her family are able to make the private chartered flight (which, again, was an extremely generous donation of the Moon Family and Tim Griffin of Jetstream Aviation) from Portland to Boise on Friday to be with us all as we participate in Robie's Got Faith.  These upcoming events are going to put some very big smiles on a very little girls face throughout the upcoming weekend.  Pray for her health, for her to feel well and for her doctor's release, so that we can all see first-hand that big beautiful smile of hers next weekend.


Also, we would like to thank all of you that have volunteered to help with the events during the Robie's Got Faith weekend.  We had such a huge response from all of you, that we are actually at the point where we are now saying, "No more help!  No more help!", which is a really weird thing to be saying...considering that most races have to literally BEG for help all the way up to race day.  Therefore, you'll notice that our "Volunteers Needed!" page on this website has been taken down.  No more volunteers needed...still feels weird to say that.


The people that have become involved with Robie's Got Faith either by participating, or by volunteering, are really some very unique people who have some especially large and caring hearts.  So, THANK YOU ALL who have volunteered to donate your time and energy to serve in some form during the Robie's Got Faith weekend, to ensure that our events go off without a hitch.  We are astounded by the volume of people who have stepped forward and have said, "I want to help!"  We thank you all so much!


Finally, a pic of this morning's "final" Robie's Got Faith Saturday morning run and walk workout group.  Our next photo will be from the starting line of the Race to Robie Creek...Aldape Summit awaits!:
Photo courtesy of Darren Russinger Photography

Friday, April 13, 2012

Prayers for Faith...

With the Robie's Got Faith events just a little over a week away, we'd like to ask you all to please keep Faith in your thoughts and prayers.  She's had a couple of rough days.  She has been bruising a lot in the past week, has not felt really well and her mom says that she was vomiting last night.  Faith had more chemo and a transfusions this week, too.  We are praying that Faith begins to feel better so that she is well enough to be able to travel to Boise next week to be with all of us for this very special event that we are putting together in her honor.  We ask you all to please keep Faith in all of your ongoing thoughts and prayers, that her body be strong enough to travel to be with us all next week.  It's going to put a BIG smile on her face to be able to see so many people who are standing and fighting with her...will be something very special for her and her family.  Thank you, in advance, for all of your prayers.


Also, as a reminder, tomorrow is our final Saturday morning group run and walk workout, prior to the Robie weekend.  Tomorrow we will meet again in the parking lot at Fort Boise Park at 7:45am.  Tomorrow's workouts will be light and easy, as we begin a good week of tapering prior to the Robie weekend, so that we can all be sure our legs, bodies and minds are ready for race day.  Hope to see everyone there!


Again...please keep Faith in all of your continued thoughts and prayers.  Thank you!


For Faith!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Faith and Her Daddy...

Faith and her Daddy.  Please keep Faith in all of your prayers!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter from Robie's Got Faith!

A BIG Happy Easter to everyone from Robie's Got Faith!


Yesterday, our weekly Saturday morning run and walk group completed our toughest training yet.  With only two weeks to go to the Race to Robie Creek TM and Robie's Got Faith, next Saturday's workout will be a tapered workout, so that we can all rest our legs and lungs a bit, in preparation for race day.


Yesterday, our respective groups put in the most miles that we have ran and walked, yet.  The 5k run/walk group put in a 2.5-mile route, the 10k run group put in a 5-mile route and the Robie runners ran a 13-mile out-n-back to Aldape Summit.  Although the sun was out yesterday, it was no match for the brutal cold wind that was sweeping through the valley.  It was a beautiful looking day, but it was very frigid and cold when we all set out that morning.  


Next week, we meet once again, on Saturday morning at 7:45am in the parking lot at Fort Boise Park.  One week left to train before the Race to Robie Creek TM and Robie's Got Faith!  See you all next Saturday morning for our final run and walk group workout before race day!


Some photos from yesterday's run and walk group workout:

Image courtesy of Darren Russinger Photography










Friday, April 6, 2012

We Need Volunteers!

Robie's Got Faith is in desperate need of volunteers to help out with the packet pick-up, races, post-race party and silent auction during the weekend of April 20th, 21st and 22nd.  If you would like to donate your time and energy that weekend to honor and support Faith as a volunteer for Robie's Got Faith, please CONTACT US, and let us know!  Your help is greatly needed, and very much appreciated!  THANK YOU!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

To the Summit!

Saturday morning at 7:45 am, our weekly run and walk group meets once again in the parking lot at Fort Boise Park.  This week is our most intense week of training.


Those training for the Race to Robie Creek will be running to the top of Aldape Summit, and back (however, we will start at the top of Rocky Canyon, before you drop down from Table Rock Road).  In total, it should be an approximate 13 mile day, and a good simulation of what the actual race is going to feel like on the legs, lungs and heart.  Our 10k group will be putting in a 5-mile run, and our 5k group will be going for 2.5-miles.  This is the last weekend for intense training.  Next weekend, we taper and allow the legs to heal a bit, the weekend following that?  That's when the real fun begins!


Looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday morning at 7:45am at Fort Boise Park.  Be sure to drink lots of fluids and rest up well the night before.  See you all then!


For Faith!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank You to the Moon Family, Tim Griffin and Jetstream Aviation!

Tonight we are proud to formally announce that a few very generous individuals and an extremely compassionate organization have stepped up in a very big way to ensure that Faith will be able to be with us the weekend of Robie's Got Faith, to be a part of all of the events on April 21st and 22nd.  


Due to her very weak immune system as result of her illness and chemo treatments, Faith is unable to travel via commercial airline.  Also, because she is getting her treatments at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, driving from Portland to Boise to be a part of Robie's Got Faith that weekend, would make for too long of a road trip, should she become ill during her travels, or during the weekend of Robie's Got Faith.  She simply would not be able to get back to the care of her doctor and Doernbecher Children's Hospital in time, if they were to drive to Boise.



But, in answer to prayer, we are proud to announce that the kind, caring and compassionate Moon Family have very generously donated the use of their private aircraft, AND have also donated all the costs of fuel and other expenses needed for transporting Faith and her family to and from Boise for the weekend of Robie's Got Faith.  Furthermore, Tim Griffin of Jetstream Aviation has offered his time, service and flight hours that weekend to pilot the plane, and be available throughout the weekend, should Faith fall ill and need to be returned to promptly to Portland for care.  


So, as long as Faith is healthy enough to travel that weekend, and she gets a release from her doctor the week prior to the Robie's Got Faith weekend, she will be with us all to be a part of something very special that this community has pulled together to do in support and honor of her.  What a very exciting thing for her and her family to be a part of, in the midst of what is truly a challenging time in the lives of this family.


It's hard to even express how thankful we are for the Moon Family, Tim Griffin and all of the kind folks of Jetstream Aviation!!!  So thankful to you all for your very BIG hearts, and your extreme generosity.  THANK YOU!!!  Also, a big thanks to our fellow Robie's Got Faith team member, Lauren Koller, for helping us in coordinating this.  We are so very thankful for all of the people involved, who have stepped up to make sure that Faith is able to be with us that weekend, so that she can see with her own eyes, how many people are standing with her as she fights this battle.


One other final thank you: we received a generous donation from an individual (who wished to remain anonymous), which is to be used for Faith and her family to rent a car and pay for fuel while they are here in Boise, so that they have their own wheels in transporting Faith from one event to another that weekend.  Thank you to this very generous individual for your very generous gift!


We give a very BIG THANK YOU to all of the individuals and organizations mentioned above who have pulled together to ensure that necessary transportation needs are met, so that Faith will be able to be a part of Robie's Got Faith with us that weekend.  THANK YOU ALL!!!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

News...and it's all GOOD NEWS!

Three GOOD newsworthy items that we would like to share:

Faith (on left) with her cousin Kennedy
GOOD NEWS Item #1:  First, and foremost, Faith has had a great week and weekend.  She has been able to spend the entire spring break week with her brother Will, her sister Anna and her cousins Kennedy and Emerson.  She has felt very good this week, and has been able to play dress up, do some artwork, and even felt well enough to take a quick drive to the coast for a day with her family.  For the first time, in a long time, she's been able to get outside and laugh and play just like any 5-year-old should.  Some other good news, is that when Faith went in to restart her chemo treatments on Thursday, the doctors said that her neutrophil (good white blood cell) counts were up over 1,000!  This was great news, and this coupled with her high energy levels, and the fact that she feels so well, has been a very big answer to a lot of prayers.  It has definitely been an excellent spring break for Faith and her family. We thank all of you for your continued thoughts and prayers for Faith.  This is all good news!  THANK YOU!!!

GOOD NEWS Item #2:  A fellow Robie's Got Faith team member, is going to be unable to run the Race to Robie Creek and would like to transfer their number with someone else who may be looking for a Race to Robie Creek number.  Should you be interested, please let us know.  To obtain the number, you will need to pay the cost of the number, plus the transfer fee involved.  Again, for somebody who may be looking for a Race to Robie Creek number, this is just more good news!

GOOD NEWS Item #3:  As of today, we have just over 300 people registered for the various events of Robie's Got Faith on Sunday, April 22nd!  There's still time to register, so if you haven't done so already, please CLICK HERE to do so now.  If you have registered, please spread the word and get your friends and family to join in on the fun and events of April 22nd. It's going to be an amazing day, and we have some very cool things up our sleeves for our race day participants.  We cannot wait.  Again, just some more good news!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Saturday Morning Group Run & Walk

Just a reminder that we'll be meeting once again tomorrow morning in the parking lot at Fort Boise Park in Boise at 7:45am for our weekly Saturday morning group run and walk.  This week, the portion of our group that is training for the Race to Robie Creek will be running a 12-mile out-and-back up Shaw Mountain Road and up into Rocky Canyon.  The 10k portion of our group has a flat 4-mile route mapped out, and the 5k portion has a 2-mile route mapped out.  All are invited and encouraged to join us, as we get together to train as a group for Faith!  See you all tomorrow, and bring a friend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A BIG THANK YOU to Pallet Express, Meadow Gold and Sysco for their very generous contributions!

Robie's Got Faith would like to take this moment to send a BIG THANK YOU to Pallet Express, Meadow Gold and Sysco for their very generous support and contributions to Robie's Got Faith!


Recently, Robie's Got Faith received a very generous and sizable monetary donation from Pallet Express of Salt Lake City, Utah.  We give a very BIG THANK YOU to our friends at Pallet Express for their care, concern and support for Faith via our Robie's Got Faith efforts.  


Also, Meadow Gold has recently offered to provide product sponsorship for Robie's Got Faith by donating milk and chocolate milk for our participants at the finish line on race day.  THANK YOU to our good friends at Meadow Gold for their very generous support.  Nothing refuels a body after a long run quite like chocolate milk does.  Many THANKS for your help in making race day for Robie's Got Faith participants something special.


Last, but certainly not least, our good friends at Sysco will be donating other food and other items that we will be needing on race day.  They will be donating the paper cups needed for our water stations, oranges and bananas for our race participants at the finish line, as well as bottled water.  A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Sysco for their contribution through product sponsorship, as well!


THANK YOU , once again, to all of our fine corporate sponsors, and we remind everyone to please support those businesses that support Faith!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Course Description and Map for Robie's Got Faith

First we would like to give a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Kevin Graville at Valley Air Photos, for providing the aerial photography for our course map, and also to Leo Geis of Persuasion Interactive Media for his time and talent in putting together such an awesome interactive course map and description for the Robie's Got Faith 2012 10k run, 5k run/walk and Kids' Mile-Run.  A BIG thank you to these two wonderful companies, and to Kevin and Leo, specifically, for their big hearts in donating their time and talent to put this course map together for us.  THANK YOU KEVIN AND LEO! 

To view the course map that Leo Geis and Persuasion Interactive Media has designed for us, please CLICK HERE.

For further details and descriptions about the courses, please click the "Course Description" tab now found on our website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pics and Videos from Saturday Morning's Group Run and Walk - 3/24/12

Image Courtesy of Darren Russinger Photography


"Hi Faith!"



Faith on 3...1-2-3 FAITH!



Robie Training for Faith:  Where the Pavement Ends, and the Pain Begins




Robie Training for Faith:  Lucia Hits the Turnaround Point...Great Work, Lucia!






Robie Training for Faith:  Larry and Tanya powering down through Rocky Canyon...Go Stearns!






Robie Training for Faith:  An absolutely gorgeous morning in Boise, ID.  We Love You, FAITH!!!

Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23rd - News and Announcements

-  We are now seeking volunteers!  If you will not be participating in any of the running/walking events for Robie's Got Faith on April 22nd, but would like to be involved in some form of capacity, WE WANT YOU!  We are needing volunteers for race day to help us keep things organized and moving along.  We are seeking about 20 volunteers for race that day to help with set-up, shirt pick-ups, water stations, clean-up and tear-down following the events.  Also, that evening, we will need volunteers to assist us at the post-race party and silent auction that evening.  If you would like to volunteer to help us make Robie's Got Faith as special as possible for Faith that day, please CONTACT US and let us know that you'd like to help...and, THANK YOU!

-  Tomorrow morning, those who want to to join us, are welcomed to meet in the parking lot at Fort Boise Park in Boise, for our weekly Saturday morning group run and walk.  Once a week our group gets together to run and walk in order to train and prepare for our respective upcoming races.  Tomorrow's routes will include a 10-mile out-n-back up Shaw Mtn. Road and up into Rocky Canyon for Robie runners, a Warm Springs Ave. 4-mile loop for 10k runners, and a 2-mile Warm Springs loop for 5k runners and walkers.  Please plan on joining us tomorrow...you'll find that training in a group setting is a much more enjoyable way to get your miles in, and you'll also find that your performance and endurance will increase more quickly when training with others.  See you tomorrow!  Bring a friend!

-  It's important to note that we will be taking race registrations all the way up until race day (April 22nd).  However, in order to guarantee that you have your Robie's Got Faith shirt in time for the race on the 22nd, we need to have received your race registration no later than today (March 23rd).  So, if you want to be sure to wear your Robie's Got Faith shirt in honor of Faith on race day, make sure to take the time to REGISTER NOW.

-  We have more Robie's Got Faith posters and postcards printed.  So, if you have a high-traffic area where you would like to hang a poster to help us in getting the word out about Robie's Got Faith, please CONTACT US, and we will make sure to get you posters.

-  Last, but certainly not least, do NOT forget to mark your calendar to join us for the post-race party and silent auction at the 13th St. Pub and Grill on the evening of April 22nd.  We will have appetizers and a no-host bar, along with lots of cool items that are being auctioned off, including vacation packages, hotel stays, gift cards to popular local restaurants, BSU football and Idaho Steelheads tickets, and signed BSU memorabilia.  You won't want to miss the post-race party...it's going to be a great time of celebration for a job well-done, and 100% of the proceeds from the auction will go directly to Faith and her family in support of her fight.  Be sure to be there, and bring the family...it will be a good time!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Robie's Got Faith Mentioned in Today's Idaho Statesman!



Thank you to our friend and fellow Robie's Got Faith team member, Chantayn Winner, for making us aware of this...we had no idea the Idaho Statesman was even aware of our efforts...very cool!  Thank you Idaho Statesman for helping us get the word out!







A BIG thank you to Clif Bar!

Those guys at Clif Bar are some very good folks! Thank you Clif Bar for helping fuel our racers on race day at Robie's Got Faith by providing product sponsorship of 1,000 Clif Bars!  Our runners and walkers will put them to very good use come race day.  THANK YOU!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Donations Needed for Post-Race Silent/Live Auction!

Following the Robie's Got Faith races on Sunday April 22nd, all registrants are invited to attend our post-race party and silent/live auction at the 13th St. Pub and Grill in Hyde Park in Boise. At this time, we are eagerly seeking donations from area businesses for auction items. If you, or someone you know, owns a business and would be willing to donate a product or service for our auction, PLEASE let us know! 100% of proceeds from the silent/live auction will go directly to the Faith Canfield Benefit Fund! Thank you, in advance, for your compassion, support and your donations for this worthy event! 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Journal Entry by Faith's Big Brother Will . . .

A journal entry written earlier this week by Faith's older brother, Will.  Faith is very fortunate to have Will as a big brother.  He's a great kid who doesn't think of himself, and is very good to Faith as she fights Leukemia.  Thank you, Will, for being such a great big brother to your little sister:



Hi
My name is Will.  I am Faith’s older brother.  I did not have school today.  It is really boring.  We went to the hospital.  It was short.  Her blood was too low to give her medicine today.  Faith and I have been playing robbers.  I played on the computer.  It rains a lot but we get to have fires at night.  Faith is brave, strong and tough.
Will

Saturday Morning Group Run and Walk Rained-Out :(

Our Saturday morning group run and walk was cancelled this morning due to excessive amount of water falling from the sky.  Although our group training was cancelled, the Race to Robie CreekTM will be here before we know it.  So, for those training for the Race to Robie CreekTM, it is critical that you get your long run in this weekend, and it's even more critical that you get some hills in.  Today, we were planning on running 9.25 miles, with our route taking us from Camel's Back Park to Fort Boise Park, and then up Shaw Mountain Road, down into Rocky Canyon to where the pavement ends, and back to Camel's Back.  Hopefully, we get a break in the dark and dreary weather this weekend, so that you can get out to get some miles and some HILLS in!  Good luck to all of you as you do your long runs on your own this weekend.  

For 10k folks, we had planned a 4-mile route, starting at Camel's Back Park, going to Fort Boise Park, and back to Camel's Back Park, and for 5k folks a 2-mile loop.  Robie's Got Faith will also be here before you know it...so if the clouds part this weekend, make sure to get out and get your miles in!

Next Saturday, we are back at it...we will be meeting in the parking lot (near the dog park/Military Reserve) at Fort Boise Park at 7:45am.  Look forward to seeing you all then, and pray for some great weather, so that we can get some good mileage and some good hill work in.  See you then, and bring a friend!

For FAITH!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

See you tomorrow! Saturday AM Group Run/Walk!

Tomorrow morning, we are back at it again! We are meeting at 7:45am in the parking lot at Camel's Back Park. Half-marathon (Robie) runners are going to be hitting the HILLS! 10k folks have a good 4-mile route set up, and the 5k folks are going to hit a nice 2.5-mile loop. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Don't forget to bring a friend! We run/walk for Faith!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Thank You to Casey McMullen for His Web Expertise

Casey McMullen
We for sure need to acknowledge our good friend, Casey McMullen for providing us with THIS GREAT REGISTRATION PAGE.  Without Casey's assistance in helping us set up our online registration, we would still be sitting here scratching our heads trying to figure out how folks could actually get registered for Robie's Got Faith.  Thanks to Casey, we have a very slick registration process, that we can all be proud of.  We are very thankful to be associated with Casey, as he truly is the most brilliant web guy in the valley (we're not just saying that...follow his blog, and you'll see what we mean...the guy is truly a genius).  We say THANK YOU to Casey McMullen for donating his time, brilliancy and expertise to Robie's Got Faith, so that all of you great people are able to get yourselves REGISTERED online to do something very GREAT for 5 year-old Faith Canfield, come April 22nd.  If you haven't done so already, get REGISTERED, so that you can try Casey's registration page out for yourselves!  


P.S. - We are not kidding when we say that Casey is a brilliant web guy.  Anyone who is in need of anything "web-related" for your organization or business, we strongly encourage you to contact Casey.  You can thank us later.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS IN ONLY 10 MORE DAYS!!!

EARLY REGISTRATION FOR ROBIE'S GOT FAITH ENDS IN 10 DAYS!!! To guarantee that you have your Robie's Got Faith shirt to wear on April 22nd to show your support and honor for Faith Canfield, we must receive your registration no later than 12pm on Friday March 23rd. REGISTER TODAY and make a BIG impact in the life of 5 year-old Faith Canfield!!!