Monday, April 28, 2014

Registration Fees Increase $5 at Midnight Tonight

Currently, the registration fee for the Kids One-Mile Run is $15 and the 5K Run/Walk & "SPIRIT" participation is $25.  But, after midnight tonight, those fees go up by $5 (of course, 100% of every registration dollar goes directly to Linzi and Brylee, so paying an extra $5 isn't necessarily a bad thing).  If you were planning on registering, and would like to save an extra $5 per registration, be sure to REGISTER NOW!

ALSO IMPORTANT:  Many have asked, online registration will be open until 12pm on Saturday, May 3rd.  After that, you can still register at our registration table the day of the event.  We will take registrations all the way up to the start of the event on Sunday May 4th.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Boise's Got Faith Packet Pick-Up and Other Important Info

For all of you who have registered, we want to begin by thanking all of you for the love and encouragement that you are providing to Linzi and Brylee by participating in this year's, 3rd Annual Boise's Got Faith event.

T-Shirt and packet pick-up will be held this coming Friday, May 2nd, from 4:30-6:30pm at Veterans Memorial Park (930 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Boise, ID 83703).  We highly encourage everyone to come out and pick up your shirts and packets at that time, as it will allow you, your family and friends the opportunity to have your shirts in-advance, so that you can wear them to the event to show your support and encouragement to Linzi and Brylee.

For those of you who simply cannot make it to Veterans Park on Friday, May 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm to pick up your shirts and packets, you may pick these up from the registration table prior to the start of the event on May 4th.  For those of you who will be picking up your shirts and packets prior to the start of the event, please do your best to show up early, to ensure that you, and others picking up their packets that day, have plenty of time in getting everything needed for the events, which will start at 1pm that day.

As a reminder, the 3rd Annual Boise's Got Faith event will take place next Sunday, May 4th, at Veterans Memorial Park (930 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Boise, ID 83703) beginning at 1pm with the Kid's One-Mile Run.  In addition to the run & walk events that will be going that day, we also have a lot of other fun activities for the kids, as well as a silent-auction that will be taking place throughout, which features a lot of great items to bid on.  As with everything else associated with this event, 100% of the auction proceeds will go directly to supporting Linzi and Brylee's families with medical-related expenses.  So, don't forget to bring your wallets with you!  Also, don't forget, that Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que will there to make sure that all registered participants are well fed with a tasty BBQ lunch.

Also, important reminder for all of the kids:  In memory and honor of Michaella "Lula" Coe, we are encouraging all of the kids to wear their most colorful, brightest and craziest socks.  If the socks don't match, even better!!  Bright, colorful and crazy socks were one of beautiful Lula's most favorite things to wear.  So, let's see those bright and colorful socks kids!!

We look forward to seeing all of you at packet pick-up this Friday, May 2nd from 4:30-6:30pm, and at our 3rd Annual Boise's Got Faith event on Sunday, May 4th, beginning at 1pm that day.  It's going to be a great day full of fun, smiles and lots of laughs!

Thank you all for your love, support and encouragement for 2 year-old Linzi Shoemaker and 7 year-old Brylee Gabby!!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Faith's Final Infusion Treatment!

Today, Faith's mom sent us this photo of Faith, which was taken just after receiving her very last infusion treatment this morning. Our hearts are full of happiness and thanksgiving to God for the love and mercy He has given Faith in her healing. We are just so thankful. We love you, Faith!

Here is Faith's mom's update:
"We're officially done with infusion treatments!!! Two more weeks of chemo pills. Next we're headed to ride the tram...Faith's request since day one in the hospital."

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Ultimate Street Party!

Picture you and 20 of your friends, hanging out on a nice sunny afternoon, when suddenly, the Boise State Fire Truck pulls up in front of your house. Immediately, firefighters jump out of the truck and begin barbecuing a tasty meal for you and your friends. Talk about the ultimate street party! This can become a reality for you and 20 of your closest friends, as we will be auctioning off a 2 hour BBQ hosted by Boise Firefighters, featuring the Boise State Fire Truck, at this year's Boise's Got Faith event on Sunday, May 4th. Haven't registered, yet!? Well, you better get on that! REGISTER NOW: BOISESGOTFAITH.ORG.
Here's this morning's update and report from Linzi's mom. Please keep Linzi in all of your prayers this coming weekend, and pray also for speed and endurance for Linzi's Mom & Dad, that they might be able to keep up during those times when Linzi decides to run the halls of Doernbecher with her IV tower in tow.  :)

"Despite all the rain, we are having a great week here in Portland. Linzi is feeling energetic and we can barely keep up with her appetite. A little bit of dry skin from the Accutane, but nothing a little lotion won't clear up. Linzi will be admitted to the hospital Sunday night to receive a 4-day infusion of Interleukin to prepare her immune system for the 2nd round of antibody (to take place the following week.) We're told she will feel fine while on the interleukin, and it will basically be an admission where we'll be chasing her in the halls with an IV pole for 4 days. We can handle that! Linzi has told us she's excited to go back to the hospital and see her "Dr Sue.""

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Thank You to Glanbia Foods!

Today we thank Glanbia Foods for becoming a corporate sponsor of this year's Boise's Got Faith event. Thank you, to our good friends at Glanbia, for helping Boise's Got Faith in honoring and supporting Linzi and Brylee in their fight against cancer!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lula's Family Enjoys the Broadway Musical, "Wicked"

When it was learned that the Broadway Musical, "Wicked", was coming to Boise this spring, Boise's Got Faith had made a promise to Lula that we would send her, and her family, to a performance. In keeping our promise to Lula, on Saturday night we arranged for her family and her best friend, Piper, to go to the performance. The management, cast and crew of "Wicked" went above-and-beyond, providing them with some of the best seats in the house. Following the performance, the family was allowed a back-stage VIP tour, where they were able to meet the cast, and see how all of the props and special effects of the show work.

Boise's Got Faith sincerely thanks Nicole Laeger and Ryan Lympus ("Wicked" Company Manager) for all that you did behind-the-scenes to make this happen and to make it such a special night for Lula's family. Also, thank you to everyone who supports Boise's Got Faith. What all of you do to help through your love, prayers and support for these families that we assist, cannot be put into words. But, it CAN be put into smiles. The smiles of Lula's family in this photograph, along with the cast and crew of "Wicked", says it all. THANK YOU to everyone who helped Boise's Got Faith keep our promise to Lula, and for giving this family an evening away from home to be together, to laugh and to smile.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Running Robie in Tutus for Lula!

Stephnie Homer dedicating her Race to Robie Creek in honor of Brylee & Linzi, and running the race in tutus in memory of Lula Coe. Get that hill, Stephnie!

Good Luck to Team Boise's Got Faith!

Today is the Race to Robie Creek! Good luck to Casey Klobas ByingtonSara DiGrazia GrebeBrigitta GruenbergMelissa Drollinger, Andy Lovell and Dan Conlin (and his cousins) who are dedicating their race today in honor of Linzi, Brylee and Faith, and in Memory of Lula. We're rooting and cheering for all of you! Go get that hill, and have a great Robie! 

"It Takes Guts to Conquer Robie, But It Takes Faith to Conquer Cancer."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thank You to T.J. Forest Products!

This morning, we recognize and thank T.J. Forest Products for pledging their support for Boise's Got Faith once again this year, by becoming a corporate sponsor. Thank you to everyone at T.J. Forest for faithfully supporting Boises' Got Faith and the kids that we serve, year after year!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Help Us Get the Word Out!

For those of you who were wanting to help us distribute Boise's Got Faith postcards, we do have more cards that are now available, and can be picked up at Shu's Idaho Running Company (1758 W State St, Boise, ID 83702) for you Boise people, and at Atlas Products (131 N. Kings Rd., Nampa, ID 83687) for you Canyon County people. Thank you all for your help in getting the word out, so that we can generate as much love, support and prayers as possible for Linzi, Brylee, Faith and Lula's family on Sunday, May 4th!

A Linzi Update

An update on Linzi, which was shared by her mother earlier this week:

"Linzi had a difficult weekend following her weeklong hospital stay for antibody therapy. Very moody, grumpy, clingy, and sleepy! Her daily GM-CSF shots are making her feel especially sore. We decided on a little "park" therapy to help the baddittude. Sure enough 2 hours on the baby swing left her all smiles today."

Volunteers Still Needed!

We're still needing just a few more volunteers to help us out for the Boise's Got Faith event on May 4th. If you, or someone you know, would like to help us out, please let us know, by emailing us at info@boisesgotfaith.org.  Thank you!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As they have every year since Boise's Got Faith first got started, Clif Bar has once again stepped up to support us through product sponsorship. On the day of the event, all of our registrants and participants can fuel up for the day's fun activities by enjoying a Clif Bar. THANK YOU Clif Bar for all of your support and love for Linzi and Brylee!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thank You to Lamar Advertising of Boise and the Chris Wing family!

This morning we thank Lamar Advertising of Boise, Idaho along with the Chris Wing family for their support and corporate sponsorship of Boise's Got Faith 2014! Thank you to Lamar and to the Wing family for their love for Linzi and Brylee and their support as these two girls continue their journey and battle against cancer!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Sneak-Peek at Our 2014 Shirts & A Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Our shirts go to print tomorrow. Here's a sneak-peak of the back of our shirts, which features all of our amazing and generous corporate sponsors. Thank you to all of the corporations who have generously supported Linzi and Brylee thus far. Just because our shirts are going to print, doesn't mean that it is too late to become a corporate sponsor. If your company steps up to sponsor, don't worry...we'll make sure EVERYONE knows that YOUR company supports Linzi and Brylee in their fight. We're never ashamed to promote those, who support our kids in their fight against cancer! Email us at info@boisesgotfaith.org, if you would like to pledge your support.

Tomorrow We Place Our Shirt Order, So Register Today!!

Two reminders:

1. We are placing our shirt order for this year's event first thing tomorrow morning, so to be sure that you and your family have your Boise's Got Faith shirts for the day of the event, you must register by midnight tonight! Everyone who registers after today will still receive a shirt, we just can't guarantee that you will have it for the day of the event. So, REGISTER NOW!

2. We still need lots of volunteers! If you would like to be a part in helping us out as a volunteer, please contact Carlyann McLaren at carlyann@boisesgotfaith.org. 

Thank you all for your love, prayers and support for Linzi and Brylee!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

THANK YOU to CH Robinson for Your Support!

A BIG THANK YOU to C.H. Robinson for stepping up in support as a corporate sponsor, once again this year, for Boise's Got Faith. Thank you to Vivian and all of the good folks we work with at CH Robinson for all of your support for Linzi and Brylee. THANK YOU!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BRIGHT, CRAZY, COLORFUL, MISMATCHED SOCKS!!!

BRIGHT, CRAZY, COLORFUL, MISMATCHED SOCKS!!! For this year's Boise's Got Faith event, in honor and memory of Lula Coe, we are asking for all of the kids to come wearing their brightest, craziest, most colorful socks. Bright, crazy, colorful and even mismatched socks were one of Lula's most favorite things to wear, and we want to honor her memory this year by having all of the kids wear some of the most craziest and colorful socks that they can find. Please take a moment right now to register you and your family to support 2 year-old Linzi and 7 year-old Brylee in their fights against cancer. Cost for the Kids One-Mile Run is only $15, and includes a Boise's Got Faith t-shirt and a tasty meal served by Famous Dave's Meridian on the day of the event. Please let your friends know that we're going to have the very best Kids One-Mile Race in all of Boise...you, your family and friends won't want to miss it! REGISTER NOW!

THANK YOU to United Wholesale Lumber Company!

This morning we say THANK YOU to Tom Thayer and all of our good friends at United Wholesale Lumber Company for, once again, supporting Boise's Got Faith as we seek support and serve Brylee and Linzi this year.  Thank you to all of the good people at United Wholesale Lumber Company for your hearts of love and compassion for these two amazing little girls!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Thank You to Advocates for Inclusion for Your Continued Support!

In our very first year as an organization Advocates for Inclusion was the very first corporate sponsor that stepped up to be a part of Boise's Got Faith. Each and every year, they have been a very loyal partner to our organization and our efforts in helping kids battling cancer. We want to just tell everyone at AFI, THANK YOU for all that you do, and for all of the support that you have provided and continue to provide to help us stand with these kids in this fight!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Linzi Has Started Her Antibody Therapy Today and Needs Your Prayers

Please pray for Linzi, as she began her antibody infusion this morning.  The infusion has taken a toll on her body, and she has had a difficult day.  So please keep sweet little Linzi in your thoughts and prayers.  Here is an update from her mom:

"Linzi started her antibody infusion this morning about 10 am. She was also started on a morphine PCA about the same time to help with the "nerve pain" that accompanies the antibody action. She was feeling pretty crummy and agitated about an hour into the infusion, but increasing her pain meds has helped her feel more comfortable. She's told me "I want a nap" and she's holding her water bottle like it's her baby, taking big gulps from it every few minutes."

Thank You to McU Sports!



Since our first year, McU Sports has been a faithful corporate sponsor of Boise's Got Faith. Without their support, it simply would not be possible for us to provide such good looking shirts to our participants each and every year. We say THANK YOU to Lora Loveall and the rest of the team at McU Sports for what you do for us every year, and for your love and support for the children that our organization serves. THANK YOU!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

We Are Needing Your Company's Support in 2014!

If you, or someone you know, owns a business and would love to support Brylee and Linzi in their fight against cancer, we would love for you to consider partnering with us as a corporate sponsor for 2014. 100% of your sponsorship will go directly to the benefit of these two beautiful and courageous girls. All of our shirts and promotional materials are being printed soon, and we would love to feature your company as a business partner. Please Email us at info@boisesgotfaith.org, if you have interest in being a Boise's Got Faith corporate partner in 2014!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Road Ahead

For those of you who have been thinking of Linzi, wondering how she is doing and have been keeping her in your prayers, below is a current update from her mom.  Please continue to keep Linzi in your prayers, as she is heading into an intensive and critical time as she begins the antibody therapy phase of her treatment.

"We met with Linzi's doctor today to discuss the next phase of her treatment. We are still waiting on bone marrow tests to give us the final word if Linzi's cancer is indeed gone. Many of you have asked if Linzi's good scan reports will be changing her treatment plan in any way. No, this is exactly where we hoped to be after 9 months of intense chemo, surgery, and radiation. In fact she would not be eligible for the next step if she was not in essence "cancer free."

On Sunday night Linzi will be admitted to the hospital to begin a treatment called Antibody Therapy. It is a medication that will strengthen her immune system by teaching her body to recognize cancer cells and then kill them. She will be in the hospital about a week a month for 4 months. She will also be started on oral Accutane (normally a medication given to teens for acne) for 6 months, which helps any returning Neuroblastoma cells to shrink. We spent a good portion of our office visit signing what felt like a massive amount of paperwork. Antibody Therapy is so new that it is actually still considered a study, so the consent forms were miles long. Neuroblastoma has a VERY HIGH rate of relapse, so this is the #1 attempt to prevent the cancer from returning. Please continue to keep Linzi in your prayers for the next 2-3 years as this is when the relapse rate is highest. Pray especially for protection for her brain--this is often where the cancer relapses and at that point is very difficult to treat. Antibody Therapy is also very hard on the body, so we appreciate prayers as Linzi starts on Monday morning, that she would be able to tolerate the treatment and that her body would allow her to receive the full dose."


If you have not done so already, please REGISTER to run, walk or simply stand in "spirit" for Linzi on May 4th.  100% of your registration fee goes directly to help in supporting Linzi and her family with medical-related expenses.  If you'd like to give more, beyond the registration fee, you may also simply DONATE.