Sunday, April 29, 2012

Relay for Life — Thank you Team Taylor!

There would not have been a "Team Taylor" if it wasn't for our good friends and neighbors, the Hebelers. Lauren—Taylor's long time friend and classmate— wanted to do something to support Taylor along his road to recovery, so she and her best friend, Alex, and sister Veronica signed up for  The American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" race. Their team, "TEAM TAYLOR" raised over $1000 for The American Cancer Society. Way to go girls!

Lauren Hebeler (right) and her sister Veronica (left) with Taylor at the Relay for Life Walk
We all know that behind every wonderful leader there is an equally wonderful Mom!! Thanks JoMarie:)

The whole Team Taylor Gang! 

All these wonderful friends and more set up camp for a night under the stars and took turns walking for Team Taylor. What a wonderful show of support.

Painted Mustaches were a hit during the Walk! (That's Tyler on the Right—the mustaches were his idea.)
When Tyler pulled out his mustache painting supplies and yelling, "Painted Mustaches for a dollar!" as all the Teams passed by our tent, we all thought it was kind of lame, but surprisingly mustaches quickly became the "must-have" for the night! Tyler's hair brained idea raised almost 100 bucks for Team Taylor! And guess who was the number one customer— Taylor himself. He sported a mustache, beard and eyebrows, saying it was nice to have some hair again!

These guys and gal took a break from walking for a game of late night football. 

The "crazy's" come out after 2:00am!!! This was the "beach and bikini" lap!
A long day for the Grandparents, but they wouldn't have missed it for the world!
Like so many other days along Taylor's Road to Recovery, Ya-Ya and Pop-Pop's love and support never cease to amaze us. Their day started with a 9:00am Auction decorating session at St. Andrew Catholic School that ended up lasting all day! Then we quickly headed home to pack up camp and relay supplies! Before we knew it, it was 12:00am...Ya-Ya and Pop-Pop walked many laps, got mustaches, set up tents and chairs! Mom and Dad have been our rocks, we are so blessed to have them here to help with everything!!!!

It was a fantastic event. Thanks so much to Team Taylor!

Taylor will be checking in Monday morning bright and early for his next round of chemo (a 5-day stint). Please keep him in your prayers. God bless!

Friday, April 27, 2012


RELAY FOR LIFE WALK, CLERMONT FLORIDA— A crowd of friends and family gathered at Tent #8 to cheer Taylor on as he and other cancer survivors made the first lap around the track. It sounds kind of weird saying that Taylor is a a cancer survivor, even though he's in the midst of his treatments, but he is a survivor! He has been through so much in the last seven months, and his attitude is fantastic. He was all smiles at the Walk and really enjoyed being out and mixing it up with his friends.

Melissa and Spencer stayed the night with the Relay for Life Team. Stay tuned for more pictures!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Weekend with the Family!

Taylor and Melissa arrived home last Thursday just in time to spend the holiday weekend with family! The Thurstons made this cool welcome home banner for Taylor.
Taylor joined us at church on Sunday and then the whole family had a wonderful dinner together, prepared by Sam and Cheryl! Thanks Ya-Ya and Pop-Pop!
T got a little Basketball in.

 A family that prays together, stays together!
And finally, we celebrated cousin Kaylee's 9th birthday!

It was a very Happy Easter indeed!

Taylor went in for his 2-Day chemo session this week and was sent home because his white bood counts were low. Hopefully, they'll come up over the weeknd and he'll be able to get back on track on Monday.

What are low blood counts?
Many of the chemotherapy drugs temporarily stop cells from dividing, especially the cells that divide quickly. Blood cells; red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are made by the bone marrow. These blood cells divide quickly. Chemotherapy may lead to low blood counts, causing the possibility of a variety of symptoms. like fever, fatigue, etc. 

Thanks for keeping Taylor in your prayers!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Proton Radiation Therapy Complete!

We're so glad to have accomplished this milestone! Six weeks in Jacksonville away from the rest of the family was tough, but we made it through! Just wanted to share some pictures of the actual Proton radiation therapy Taylor went through six days a week for 6 weeks.

Proton Therapy has been used as a form of Radiation since 1954. Since then more that 60,000 patients worldwide have received proton therapy. It is a form of radiation that uses protons which are easier to control instead of X-rays. The UF Institute is one of the busiest in the world. They have treated over 250 children within the past 3 years.

Taylor would lye in a customized body mold for each treatment. Lasers would align the beam so that proton therapy is delivered precisely to the tumor site each time. His daily treatment would take 45 minutes. Most of this time is spent replicating and verifying the correct body position for treatment. The average time to actually deliver proton therapy is only one to three minutes. During this Taylor did not feel or see the proton beam. 

Pretty amazing stuff!