Paxton Andrews's Journal
Cool Treats and Fancy Feet
Written Jun 11, 2012 11:57pm by Amy SiodlarzTaliah Plach is pictured on the right.Warm weather and a good cause made Taliah Plach's lemonade stand very successful this past weekend. This little girl, the daughter of Danna's friend, worked to raise over $75 at her stand. Thank you, Taliah for taking the time to help little Paxton. You are clearly a special girl.In a show of support and because she truly loves Danna, Lenny (just Lenny, much like Cher or Madonna) tattooed her foot with Paxton's name using a design she created. The photo of her work is in the photos section of this site. If you know Lenny, you would not be surprised by her gesture. Despite her colorful exterior, multiple piercings and sharp hair (potentially painful if you go in for a hug at a bad angle) this woman is a kind, kind soul. What may surprise you is that there is a square inch on her body that is not already tattooed. I should have had her donate a $1 each time she swore or squeezed the stress ball while getting her tattoo. Paxton, could have had college paid for.again, the only way to donate to Paxton directly:
Round 3 Set for Tomorrow
Written Jun 10, 2012 11:45pm by Amy SiodlarzIn this corner, we have cancer.(the crowd boos loudly, sneers and gestures appropriately)And in this corner we have Paxton B Andrews. Don't let his sweet appearance fool you--he's ready to kick cancer's butt.(crowd goes wild; several people do chest bumps)Everyone's favorite baby is scheduled to begin round 3 of chemotherapy tomorrow. If all goes as planned, he will begin treatment tomorrow and complete a 5 day dose. The hope is that the Andrews will return home on Sunday June 17th. At some point during or following this round of chemo, Paxton will undergo imaging of his head to obtain information for a potential round of radiation therapy.I know that updates regarding Paxton have been slow to come this past week. It would be over simplifying matters to say no news is good news but Paxton has been stable for much of this week and thus the lack of updates.Danna and John continue to work literally around the clock to ensure that he is very comfortable. For much of this week, they moved sleeping quarters downstairs and have Paxton set up nicely on the couch while they camp out of the floor.He continues to wear a patch on his left eye in attempt to heal the scratch in his cornea. It does not seem to bother him too much but it is unfortunate that it covers the eye that most likely has vision. He is eating a very high calorie diet and is fed about every 3-4 hours. The food is working because he has a very cute tummy, nice cheeks, has graduated from newborn diapers and I am pretty sure he grew overnight. He is so long! He has many moments where he behaves like a 4 month old baby should. Unfortunately his illness unfairly adds many other potential answers to the question "why is he crying?" outside of gas, hungry, tired. Because parenting isn't scary and confusing enough.What is without question is that he is so sweet and adorable. It is always uplifting to see him and to see Danna and John interact with him. They are completely exhausted but Paxton would never know the difference. They are happy to make him happy. They do not approach diaper changing, tube feeding, eye drops, bathing, rearranging their home as a chore. It is seen as part of the cure and more importantly protecting him.More posts will follow tomorrow regarding efforts to support the Andrews family however I would again like to clarify donations to Paxton versus this website. THE ONLY WAY TO DONATE MONEY TO PAXTON ON THIS SITE IS TO USE THE FOLLOWING LINK:Making a "tribute donation" (seen in the right hand column of this website as well as at the end of this journal entry) does NOT go to Paxton. It maintains this site.I say this not to be a Caring Bridge Grinch but to address honest mistakes by donors.Continue to send Danna, John and Paxton your words of support as well. They look forward to them.
Blood Drive at Brookfield Central
Written Jun 6, 2012 11:46pm by Amy SiodlarzPlease do not forget to mark your calendars for the Brookfield Central Blood Drive at Brookfield Central High School.
Friday June 8th9 am - 1 pm16900 Gebhardt RdBrookfield 53005
Thank you, again, to the Key Club, Bruce Follo and Ronn Blaha.
Paxton has needed three blood transfusions during his first month of treatment. Wouldn't it be great to get enough donations to represent a year of transfusions? If you have never donated blood before, what a perfectly perfect reason to do so. Some, I know, are admittedly afraid to donate--don't care for needles. I'm pretty sure Paxton doesn't like needles either, but he's enduring.