Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We Need Volunteers!

We are in need of volunteers for our event on May 3rd.  If you're interested in helping us out during the event that day, please send an Email to our volunteer coordinator, Carlyann (carlyann@boisesgotfaith.org).  Carlyann will promptly respond to your Email letting you know how you can help us out.  Thank you, in advance, for volunteering for the Boise's Got Faith event.  It's going to be a very beautiful and special event for two very beautiful and special little girls. 

Home Sweet Home

It's "home-sweet-home" for Alanna. Here is the happy update shared by her mom:
"Alanna is curled up in Daddy and Mommy's bed watching movies and cuddling her Lucky dog. She says this is right where she wants to be smile emoticon she is feeling a little tired and nauseous from chemo, but that's to be expected. We are all just so happy to be home!"

Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank You Sports Authority!

Sports Authority has come on board as an official Boise's Got Faith corporate sponsor for our 2015 event. Thank you, Sports Authority for your very generous contribution and for the love and support you have shown for Brynlee and Alanna!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thankful for this Brylee Update!

Brylee was another one our beneficiaries in 2014. She remains in Portland following her transplant, and from the sounds of the update below, her body is responding to the transplant better than could be expected. Of course, we are thankful that God has heard and answered so many cries and heartfelt prayers for this sweet girl, that we love so much. Boise's Got Faith loves you and is praying for you, Brylee!
"Uneventful has been the name of the game this week and we are very grateful!!! So far Brylee has been feeling well and playing each day since transplant. Naps are not even a part of her vocabulary and she continues to eat well and maintain her weight. This is so amazing because typically after a transplant there are about 4 weeks that are critical where symptoms are expected and watched closely due to the chemotherapy side effects, low blood counts and zero immunity. The longer Brylee maintains health during these initial weeks ahead of engraftment, the better.
Her spirits remain high and she continues to amaze the doctors with her resiliency. Several nurses and doctors have noted that they only remember one other transplant patient that did not experience mouth sores. She is showered in prayer and we are thankful for your continued dedication to keeping her in prayer."

Linzi Received Some Great News This Week

Very thankful for this news that was shared by Linzi's mom, earlier this week. Linzi was one of the Boise's Got Faith beneficiaries in 2014. We are all so grateful that she remains cancer-free, and that she received this clean bill of health from the doctor:
"Good report from the GI specialist in Anchorage. Linzi "looks great" and her physical exam is negative for anything concerning. Getting labs now to check her liver enzymes again. Linzi thinks it is so much fun to be back "at her hospital....she is running the halls and getting a snack with Dad in the caf. Thank you all for your prayers!"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some Very Good News!

Alanna's most recent update, shared by her mom, last night.  Boise's Got Faith​ loves you and is so proud of you, Alanna!  We are praying for you!

"Results from the Bone marrow aspiration are in: HER BONE MARROW IS COMPLETELY CLEAN! No neuroblastoma was present on either side! This is the best news we could receive and just proves that prayers really do work! She will have her last chemo treatment of this round at 5am, and then will be able to go home tomorrow evening. Although she's been pretty tired, she's still fighting strong!"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boise's Got Faith is Now a Recognized Non Profit Charity of "It Takes a Village" in Nampa!

"It Takes a Village" on Karcher Road in Nampa has selected Boise's Got Faith as a non profit charity partner. When you donate your furniture, household items, etc. to "It Takes a Village", 50% of the proceeds from the sale of your donated items, goes directly to Alanna and Brynlee's funds, to help their families with medical-related expenses. So, if you have stuff to donate, take it to "It Takes a Village", and they'll turn your old items into much-needed cash for these two girls battling cancer!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Happy Alanna Update!

Happy to share this Alanna update from her mom this morning!
"Our prayers are working warriors!!!! Alanna's ANC was 200 yesterday and needed to be above 1000 to be eligible for harvest. Today it is 1410! We are waiting for more results to see if her harvest can happen today, but will definitely happen tomorrow if not. We are very excited to be one step closer to home and our family! Thank you everyone, we feel your prayers everyday and they guide us through our journey with ease."

Monday, March 16, 2015

Auction Items Needed for the Boise's Got Faith Silent Auction on May 3rd!

Boise's Got Faith Community: WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
It is time to start collecting items for our silent auction! Here’s what we need from you:
1) Get together with one of your groups (book club, co-workers, church group, play group, friends, etc.) and commit to creating a themed basket for the auction. It can be any theme that you think others would want to buy (e.g., date night basket, family games, outdoor activities, bookworm basket, summer fun, homemade crafts, sport themed basket, etc…).
2) Donate an individual item or service that we could include in the auction
3) Ask your employer if they would be willing to donate an item or service for us to include in the auction
4) Let Crystal know what donations you are working to get (crystal@boisesgotfaith.org or comment below)
All donations will need to be collected by 4/24/15. Remember 100% of the proceeds from the auction go directly to Alanna’s and Brynlee’s families to help with expenses related to their battles with cancer!!
If everyone works together to do a little, we can make a HUGE difference in the lives of these families!!
Feel free to share this post with anyone you think might be interested in helping support these little fighters!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pray for Linzi Today!

This is Linzi (one of our Boise's Got Faith​ beneficiaries from last year).  Please also keep Linzi in your prayers today, as she is going in for her 6-month post treatment scans at Providence Children's Hospital in Alaska. Blood work, urine tests, and CT of the chest are on the agenda for her today. Here she is waiting for her IV, while watching the Little Mermaid.

A Boise's Got Faith Connection at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland

A Boise's Got Faith connection was made earlier this week at the Ronald McDonald House in Portland, as Brylee (one of last year's Boise's Got Faith beneficiaries) met Alanna (one of this year's Boise's Got Faith beneficiaries). Both girls were very happy to have each other's company, as they remain in Portland, continuing their amazingly courageous fight. Please pray right now for these two girls, and please make sure that you do register for our event on May 3rd, to come out and encourage the beautiful kids that we support, so that they can feel your love for them. They need your prayers, they need your love! REGISTER TODAY!

Thank You Clif Bar!

Good morning!  We want to take just a moment, to recognize and thank the good people at Clif Bar​ for their support of Boise's Got Faith​ in 2015.  Thanks to Clif Bar, everyone who registers for this year's event to support Brynlee and Alanna, will receive some tasty and nutritious Clif Bar products to enjoy.  We thank Clif Bar for their ongoing support, ever since our first event in 2012.  Thank you, Clif Bar!

If you own a business, or know someone who does, and would like to be a corporate sponsor to help in supporting Alanna and Brynlee, please Email us:  info@boisesgotfaith.org.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

An Encouraging Brynlee Update!

We are so excited to share this update from Brynlee's mom:

"Today is Brynlee's last big dose of chemo and the end of Interim Maintenance. Her numbers are awesome!! We are all on cloud 9 and couldn't be happier. Kellen and Ashlyn joined us today and I'm so glad they are here because we got some really fantastic news. We got word that Bryn will be completely done with chemo on her 8th birthday!!!!! We thought we had another 2 years from now before she was done but that's not the case. She will be done in September of 2016 and the last day happens to fall on her birthday!! We are so happy and so excited and so are the doctors.

Maintenance will begin on March 25th which will be another back poke. We will eventually be up here once a month for vincristine, every 12 weeks for back pokes and she'll be on oral chemo at home with steroids off and on as well. We will get more information on the 25th. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This morning, we thank Mandi Feely Swain and her company, American Pacific Mortgage​, for their sponsorship and support of this year's Boise's Got Faith​ event.  American Pacific Mortgage sponsors our event and volunteers at it each year.  Their caring and supportive hearts for the kids we serve, translates over into how they run their business, too.  Many of us at Boise's Got Faith have used Mandi and her team for our real estate lending needs.  You will not find a a group of people who care more about your home purchase, than these guys.  Truly special people with big hearts, and we thank them for their love and support for Alanna and Brynlee in 2015.  Thank You, Mandi and American Pacific Mortgage for your love and support!

If you own a business, or know someone who does, who would like to be a corporate sponsor to help in supporting Alanna and Brynlee, please Email us:  info@boisesgotfaith.org

Monday, March 9, 2015

This Evening's Alanna Update

This evening's update from Alanna's Mom:
"Just checking in with our warriors: we are now at the Ronald McDonald house which is so wonderful and comfortable! We were able to spend the weekend with our Uncle Raymond and cousins Christina and Victor. We did a little exploring in Portland and went to OMSI on Sunday. Health wise Alanna is feeling fantastic! She's a little more tired than usual, but no other symptoms. Today is our rest day and tomorrow we have an appointment to check our counts. She will be at her lowest this week and when her counts come up next week, we will start the stem cell harvest. I will post more details about her medical treatment soon as I know we have a lot of warriors who are curious. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. Our girl is battling hard!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Please Keep Alanna in Your Prayers Today

Just a reminder for you all this morning to keep Alanna in your prayers as she is in Portland at Doernbecher Children's Hospital receiving another round of chemo and scheduled for a bone marrow harvest. Only her mom was able to go with her to Portland, which means she had to leave her dad, her baby brother and her sisters here in Idaho. Please pray for this little girl, that she would have the strength and confidence to fight strong this day, while surely missing her home, her dad and her siblings that are here in Idaho. God bless you, Alanna. Boise's Got Faith loves you!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Register Your Child for the Boise's Got Faith One-Mile Kids Run!

What better way for your kids to spend a spring Sunday afternoon, than getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air, while running in honor of other kids fighting cancer? For those who have never been a part, Boise's Got Faith is all about the kids. Our event is kid and family-focused, and for only $15 your child can be registered to participate (many have called it the best kids race in all of Boise). Registration includes a Boise's Got Faith t-shirt, a post-run meal provided by Famous Dave's of Meridian, as well as bounce houses, face painting and lots of other fun activities for your kiddos to enjoy. Also, each child will receive a medal as they cross the finish line, which will be handed out by some very special local celebrities. The best part of all? 100% of the $15 registration fee goes directly to help support Alanna and Brynlee's families as these two beautiful little girls courageously fight cancer. Be sure to register your kids, and make sure their friends register, too! Your family won't want to miss out on this very special once-a-year event! REGISTER HERE!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Thank you Atlas!

Today, we recognize and thank Atlas Products for being the catalyst behind the corporate giving that has developed through the years for Boise's Got Faith​.  Atlas was the very first sponsor of Boise's Got Faith when our organization was first established back in 2012.  Every year since then, Atlas Products has covered the cost of t-shirts, facilities and operational expenses that are involved to make our event happen.  We are thankful for Atlas Products, as their sponsorship ensures that every single dollar received from registrations and donations to Boise's Got Faith, goes directly to the kids that we are serving.  Thank you Atlas for your ongoing support in all that we do, and for helping Brynlee and Alanna as they bravely fight in 2015!

Please Pray for Alanna and Her Family, Today!

Please keep Alanna and family in your prayers. She and her mom are off for a 3-week stay at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for a round of chemo and a stem cell harvest while her dad (and "army") hold down the fort here with Alana's three sisters and 5-month-old baby brother. Please be praying for all of them!
...and don't forget to show your support by getting registered for this year's BGF fun run, community festival and silent auction.  100% of the proceeds go to Alanna's and Brynlee's families to help with expenses related to their battles with cancer!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Registration is now OPEN!

The 4th Annual Boise's Got Faith

Kid's One-Mile Run - 5K Run/Walk 
& Silent Auction

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 @ 1pm
at the Julia Davis Park Bandshell

100% of your registration goes directly to the benefit fund of 4 Year-Old Alanna Schiffhauer and 6 Year-Old Brynlee Nebeker, to provide their families with financial assistance for medical expenses related to their illness.