Monday, March 31, 2014

Thank You to Mandi Feely Swain of American Pacific Mortgage

This morning, we are proud to announce that Mandi Feely Swain of American Pacific Mortgage is now an official corporate sponsor of this year's Boise's Got Faith event. We say THANK YOU to Mandi for her support and sponsorship for this year's event, and we encourage all of our Boise's Got Faith supporters, to please consider Mandi as your mortgage banker, the next time you are buying or refinancing your home. You will be incredibly pleased with the level of personal care and service you'll receive with her as your lender. Again, THANK YOU Mandi for your heart in caring for these kids and for your support of Boise's Got Faith!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Starry Night Media: Official Photographer for the 2014 Boise's Got Faith

We are proud to announce that Chad Estes of Starry Night Media, has kindly offered his amazing photography services for our 2014 Boise's Got Faith event on May 4th.  Thank you Chad Estes, for playing such a big role in our event this year by capturing all of the special moments and memories that will surely be made by friends, family and community, as we gather to love, honor and support Linzi and Brylee.  Thank you, Starry Night Media!

Linzi's Parents Share Some Very Joyful News!

Today we give thanks to God for some very good news that Linzi's parents received last night.  Here is last night's update from Linzi's mom:

"Thank you all who have been praying for Linzi and our family for the last 9 months. Tonight we received the call from the doctor every cancer parent hopes to receive: Linzi is CANCER FREE!! Her scans came back clear!! Her bone marrow biopsy results will be pending till Tuesday but we are expecting the best results from those as well. We are celebrating tonight and may to all the glory go to God for such a good report!! Levi was ecstatic to hear the news and told me, 'God answered our prayers, Mom!'"

Such amazing and happy news!  God bless you, Linzi.  We are hoping and praying for more happy news results from your bone marrow biopsy.  Boise's Got Faith Loves You!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Linzi's Week of CT Scans, MRI's and Movie Stardom

Happy Friday, everyone!  Linzi has had a very busy week this week, undergoing tests, scans, exams and she even spent some time being a "movie star", as she is being featured in an upcoming video being produced by Doernbecher Children's Hospital called, "The Heart of Doernbecher".  Below are this week's updates from her mom.  As you read through these updates, please be praying for Linzi and her family as today is to be the most difficult day of testing this week, and they will soon be getting the results from all of these exams.  Hope and pray that the results show no more cancer in Linzi's little body!  

March 25
Linzi had an ECHO (heart exam) and hearing test today. She is being monitored to see if the chemo has affected her adversely. She came through both tests looking good, and we even got an unofficial "everything looks good" reading by the tech on her CT scan from yesterday. Thursday is her MIBG scan (Neuroblastoma specific) and Friday is her MRI and bone marrow biopsy. Thank you everyone for your prayers!


Linzi being filmed for the upcoming
production, "The Heart of Doernbecher
March 26
Linzi had her moment of stardom today. She is the main attraction in the Heart of Doernbecher video to be debuted April 26th during the Portland fundraiser event. She did great--absolutely loved hamming it up for the cameras! Jon and I were also interviewed for 2 hours about the story of our cancer journey with Linzi. Although we can hardly compare for screen time with this cutie!

March 27
MIBG scan went great today. One more day of testing--tomorrow will be the toughest day (needles in the lower back for the bone marrow biopsy) and an MRI. Dr. Sue says she will call us tomorrow night with all the results so we don't have to worry all weekend. Not that anyone has much time to be worried around here...we're too busy chasing 4 active kids around a hotel.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to Famous Dave's of Meridian!

When you and your family cross the finish line at Boise's Got Faith on May 4th, you'll be treated to a hearty meal, thanks to Famous Dave's of Meridian. Every registered participant will receive a free, tasty meal, served by Famous Dave's, immediately following the race events that day (this includes all of you participating in "spirit", was well)! THANK YOU FAMOUS DAVE'S!! So now, what are you waiting for? When you register, you and your family get a chance to be a part of our event on May 4th, you get an official Boise's Got Faith shirt, an amazing meal served by Famous Dave's, and the best part is, 100% of your registration dollars goes directly to support Linzi and Brylee as they courageously fight cancer head-on! Register today...you and your family are not going to want to miss being a part of this special event. REGISTER NOW!

For Runners Running the Race to Robie Creek in Honor of Linzi and/or Brylee:

If anyone is running The Race to Robie Creek and wants to join Team Boise's Got Faith to run in honor of Linzi and/or Brylee, we are putting an order in for tech race shirts soon.  Please message us or Email us at info@boisesgotfaith.org, so that we can let you know how to get your shirt ordered, and so that we can get organized and prepared for race day.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Please Be Praying for Clear Scans for Linzi

We last saw Linzi on Saturday night, when we got together with her and her family for dinner here in Boise. Tonight, Linzi is back at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, where she underwent her CT scans today. Waiting for results for these scans is always an anxious and nervous time for the parents of these kids, so please be praying, not only for Linzi, but for her mom and dad, too. Here's a special request from her mom for all you who are thinking of Linzi and praying for her:

"We ask you to especially remember us this week as Linzi undergoes testing to see if her cancer is gone. It feels like this is the moment we have been working toward for so long!! We are praying for clear scans and clear bone marrow, and also for total trust in The Lord no matter what the results are. Full results should be in by the following week and we will be sure to share."

We've Got a Great Looking Logo, Thanks to 45wall design!

We love our new logo! Thank you to 45wall design for always making us look so good! Since our very first year, 45wall design has donated countless hours in designing our logos, our posters, our postcards and our race day shirts. 

45wall design (http://www.45walldesign.com/) is a small design studio run by Traci Yau and specializing in custom and ready made invitation suites, quality paper goods, and freelance graphic design work. Traci's designs are rooted in a love of typography and simple, clean, modern lines. She loves working with her clients and customers, whether it be designing/making the perfect invite suite for their special event, designing the perfect logo, or lovingly packaging up the goods they have ordered.

Traci graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (GD '08) and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, 5 year old daughter, and their cat Dexter.

Thank you 45wall design and Traci Yau for all that you do for Boise's Got Faith, and for all of these kids fighting cancer that we seek to support, each and every year!

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Story of a Real Hero

This morning, we wanted to share a hero story with you. A young man, named Blake, recently celebrated his 13th birthday. Blake selflessly sacrificed this opportunity to receive gifts for himself. Instead, Blake asked all of his friends to donate to Boise's Got Faith to help kids who are fighting cancer. Thanks to Blake, $145 was raised. Thank you Blake for your selflessness and sacrifice for these kids who are in the fight of their life. You are a true hero! Boise's Got Faith will be recognizing you as an honorary participant for this year's event, and we'll be sending you, your family and all of your friends who donated, Boise's Got Faith shirts soon to thank you for celebrating your birthday in sacrifice for others! Thank you for your big heart, Blake!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Post-Race Meal Sponsored by Ryan Martin of Northwestern Mutual

We've got some new and exciting changes for this year's event!  One great change that we have made is that we will be serving a meal to all participants following the Kids One-Mile Run and the 5K Run/Walk events.  We are only able to do this, thanks to the sponsorship of Ryan Martin of Northwestern Mutual.  Several of us at Boise's Got Faith use Ryan Martin for his wealth management and financial services.  We can say, with all sincerity, that he is simply the best in his industry.  He's got a big heart, and did not hesitate at all when we approached him about sponsoring post-race meals for all of our participants.  We give a BIG THANK YOU to Ryan for his BIG heart, in helping us make this day a success for Linzi, Brylee and their families.  THANK YOU!!

Now, you don't have an excuse not to register.  For only $15-$25 (depending on your selected event), you get to participate and show your support, you get a Boise's Got Faith T-Shirt AND you get fed an amazing post-race meal.  So, what are you waiting for??  Register NOW!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Robie's Got Faith is now: BOISE'S GOT FAITH!

Robie's Got Faith is now BOISE'S GOT FAITH! Why did we change our name? Because these amazing young ladies have shown all of us that our faith is much bigger than a teeny-tiny creek in Idaho. Get ready to show us how much faith you've got, Boise! Registration for this year's event opens soon. So, stay-in-tune with us at boisesgotfaith.org. Please spread the word and let all of your friends and family know about our name change! We look forward to seeing all of you at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, May 4th!

Brylee is Training for the Boise's Got Faith One Mile Run!

A pic of Brylee this past weekend at the St. Baldrick's event in downtown Boise, as she watched folks getting their heads shaved to raise money for childhood cancer. Brylee's mom told us yesterday that Brylee has been working very hard in physical therapy, as her goal is to participate in this year's Boise's Got Faith Kids Race. Only a few months ago, Brylee was unable to walk without the use of a walker. Now, she's bound and determined to toe that starting line on race day. Go Brylee!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Great News! Linzi Gets Released from the Hospital!

An amazing answer to a lot of prayers today. We are thankful! Here's a current update from Linzi's mom:

"Good news! The docs are hoping Linzi simply has a cold and after receiving some fluids and antibiotics she's been cleared to go home. We'll be "on call" for positive blood cultures from her central line for the next 48 hours. Headed home to try to kick off our Phoenix visit the right way (no hospitals!). Thank you all for your prayers!"

Please Be Praying for Linzi as She is Admitted to Phoenix Children's Hospital

Yesterday we were excited to report that Linzi and her family had been allowed a 3 week break from treatment by her oncologist, and that they were taking advantage of that opportunity to drive down to Phoenix to spend some time with family.  This morning we learned of this update from her mom.  Please be praying for Linzi and her family today as they deal with this unexpected and undesired turn of events:

"Please pray for Linzi. After a long day at Legoland, then driving all night from San Diego to Phoenix, Linzi developed a temperature of 101.3 at 4:30 am this morning. After an entire night of no sleep, Jon and I are in the ER while Linzi gets labs and antibiotics. She will most likely be admitted to Phoenix Children's Hospital this morning. Please pray for no central line infection! She is already on line #3 since her diagnosis."

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Linzi Gets a Much Needed Break from the Hospital!

On February 26th, Linzi's oncologist cleared her for a 3-week break from the hospital before she starts antibody therapy and scans in late March. Therefore, with this 3-week window, Linzi's family has decided that after 9 intense months of cancer treatment (Linzi's doctor says no other cancer treatment is as intense as stage 4 Neuroblastoma) they are ready for a break!! They are currently en route to Phoenix for a couple of weeks to see family...and some palm trees. Her mom and dad ask for you to be praying that they survive days of driving in a suburban with 4 little kids!!  :) 

The family is looking forward to getting some time away from the hospital life for a few weeks so that they can relax and recharge.

We love you, Linzi!!