ASK Fun Walk and 5K 2015

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We're back! Team Callen is on board for the upcoming ASK Fun Walk & 5K on Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 a.m. We have our team all set up and we hope you'll join us!

The ASK Fun Walk & 5K celebrates the strength and courage of local children who are battling cancer. Every dollar raised will provide children and their families with assistance, support and kindness through the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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Great Expectations

It’s that time of year again: December 31. New Year’s Eve. Reviewing and reliving the events of 2014 is, for all practical intents and purposes, unavoidable lest I choose to remove myself from all of mainstream or social media for the next week or so (which I do not).

Once upon a time I truly enjoyed year-end tributes and welcomed the opportunity to remember and reflect on people or plights that had captured our interest and captivated our conscience, whether fleetingly or for months on end … dates and faces and memories set to a carefully crafted soundtrack and beautifully scripted words, chock full of images shared by a community, nation or world.

But this year I do not relish the opportunity to relive or rehash. I am struggling too much with the present to grapple again with the past.

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Red Cross Blood Drive Round 2

There will be a blood drive on Friday January 9th, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Weinstein JCC [directions to 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond]. In addition to supporting Callen, this blood drive also benefits Kevin Hayden, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

You can schedule your appointment to come and help save lives by going online to the Red Cross website and entering the sponsor code: JCC in the upper right hand corner of the website.

What? You need a better reason than saving lives to donate blood? Read on to find out what else you get.

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Countdown

Every time we near the end of a treatment phase, Jim and I are handed the next page in the leukemia playbook. There it is, in impossibly small and deceptively tidy black and white print: the names of the drugs, their routes of administration, the dosage, the days that each is to be given, and the timing of requisite assessment studies. At the top of the page, in slightly larger bolder print, is the name of the phase as ordained by the Children’s Oncology Group, with the parenthetical (and for Callen, generally hypothetical) number of days to be spent in each. Induction (35). Consolidation (56). Interim Maintenance (63). Jim, upon completion of each of these three phases, has renamed them the “It Sucks”, “It Really Sucks”, and “It Totally F---ing Sucks” phases. And while perhaps less scientific or “appropriate”, I have to agree that his monikers have been far more representative of the actual experience.

But this last one? Oh, they nailed it.

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