Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Exciting news!!

Hello, blog friends! In the last six months since I wrote on here we have moved to Nashville, Allen started his new job as a pediatrician, and we had a new baby, Noah. Then, just to add to the excitement we received a letter from  the researcher at UCSF we have supported through the Joe P. Rally Run to tell us some fantastic news.
The last time we heard from him they were still doing tests on rats and their research was really in the beginning stages. But because of all the funds we have sent them from the last two Joe P. Rally Runs they have made some pretty incredible progress. He said they have been funded almost exclusively by the Joe P. Rally Run, which has led to several publications, and by the end of the year, hopefully a clinical trial! This is absolutely awesome news. Considering only one new pediatric cancer drug has been approved by the FDA in the last twenty years, this is huge. This drug may be the hope that some little boy and girl or parent needs when he or she is faced with the devastating news that they have a malignant brain tumor.
So, let's keep supporting this much-needed research. The 3rd Joe P. Rally Run is scheduled for Labor Day weekend--Saturday, September 1st, 2012 at Centennial Park in Nashville, TN. If you would like to sign up or donate click here. It is just 7 weeks away! There will be a 5K for adults and big kids and a 1K fun run for little kids. That Chick Fil A cow will be back again to see if he can outrun just one kid. Each child who beats him will get a special prize from Chick Fil A. And, the overall man and woman winners will receive a year's worth of free Chick Fil A meals! It promises to be another really fun day, celebrating Joseph's life while raising money for other kids who might need it for the fight of their lives.
Ok, I can't leave out another very special little guy we have welcomed to our family: Noah Luke Peabody. Noah is such a sweet, easygoing baby and we are so thankful for him!






The girls are just ecstatic about him and have both taken on the role of big sister/second mommy really well. :) Everyone tells us he has his own look, but we think he definitely resembles Joseph and the girls quite a lot. We definitely feel blessed and are super busy and tired keeping up with all these little ones, but we wouldn't have it any other way. :)

8 comments:

Sarah-Jane said...

wow...that is pretty incredible news.
love you sista

Anonymous said...

ditto to your sister's comment!:) So nice to see an update on the blog, hope you guys are having a good summer. -shim family

Melanie said...

Loved reading the wonderful news! So thankful that drastic progress is being made to help other children. Hoping we can make it to TN for the run. It was great seeing you!

Missy at Its Almost Naptime said...

That is SO EXCITING!!!! YEA!!!!

lauren dickstein said...

Gillian,
That is wonderful. My cousin's daughter was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. They will be going to St. Jude's for treatment. I have given them the link to your blog. You are an inspiration and I hope your words bring them some comfort. Noah is beautiful! Love, Lauren

Anonymous said...

I love reading your updates. What a beautiful family. Hugs. What an amazing victory for Joseph!
Randi

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for all of you. Noah is adorable. I worked with Allen in residency and have prayed for y'all for the past few years and occasionally check this blog to see how everyone is doing. I know August must be a hard month and I always pray extra hard for you this time of year.
Bethany Jackson

Sue said...

I am so excited about little Noah. I used to read your blog and pray for Joseph and was wondering how y'all were doing. What a fun surprise! I am so happy for you all. The girls look like they are so proud of him!