June 12, 2008
The U.S. House of Representatives UNANIMOUSLY passed the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act (now called the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act) today with 416 positive votes (as if anyone in Congress would have the huevos to vote against cancer kids). Thank you for the over 20,000 letters, faxes, and e-mails you have sent that helped sway your representatives. Hopefully, the Senate will follow suit soon, and of course, that the President will sign the bill into law. When those two things happen, we will have a new mission. We must once again return to full action to get appropriations to support the bill.
Erin and I are already back in town. Days three and four went as scripted and we're set to go sledding tonight (for those of you trying to figure out Texas geography, A&M has a ski mountain with artificial turf where they teaching skiing as a PE class and let locals schedule sledding parties. Once you get over the idea of sledding on damp, green plastic grass, you can have a great time). Erin will do physical therapy in the pool while I teach tomorrow, then we will depart for the final day of chemo with our friends Tonie and Janice Sahm (her real name not just a pseudonym for stay-at-home-mom). The IV version of irinotecan has required more zofran for stomach upset, but less imodium (actually no imodium) for diahrrea.