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    We were sitting quietly in the examination room at Anoka Riverway.... it had been more than 30 minutes since they decided to draw Jaela's Blood.  We sat wondering why they were taking sooo dang long.  I had more than 1 inclination that the delay equated an issue.  In my mind I told myself, [they are going to come in here and tell us we need to see an Oncologist],  someone was preparing me for what we were then told.

    Her counts were sooo high the clinic level machines could not provide accurate results, that they had been on the phone with the Hematology and Oncology experts at Children's and we needed to go, right then, to get the help we were going to need.  They recommended an Ambulance, but we didn't need to be that extreme, right??  They asked us to go immediately and expect to stay a few days.

    Against their wishes, I did take her home.  I let her take her time gathering what she thought would give her comfort and peace for the undefined next steps.  I frantically was updating my mom, her dad and my boss.  Unplanned -uncontrolled was not my style.  (well it really isn't still, but I have learned to let go of sooo much)

    This is where it all began.  The last 12 months of life defined by a treatment plan, expected and the unexpected response to that treatment plan and an AMAZING amount of support and prayer.

    As we follow so many of our new Cancer Families, those that have won, those that are fighting with us and those that have lost their fight, we pause and recognize the unquantifiable gratefulness that Jaela is doing unbelievably well, is being allowed to do what she loves, is growing curly strawberry blonde locks, has 6 A's and two B's in school (B+'s, lets be clear) and that the nightmare we had last summer has become just memories.

    The carwash, the Beef's beer bust, the ice cream social and grill out, the Blood drive and bake sale, TBox dinner, the MAXX night out,  the jewelry party, Drop the Puck on Cancer and ending the year with the legendary Golf & Silent Auction Benefit.  How lucky are we?  People are what make everyday doable.  Thank you.

    The sky is blue, the breeze is light, the day is full of moments.   Pause and enjoy a few. 

    1st Annual Cancer Shutout Shootout - Event Success!

    A huge thank you to all of you and your friends/family for attending our very first Cancer Shutout Shootout event! 

    We appreciate all the support and fun had by all.  The weather was outstanding as was the fun and entertainment. 

    We hope each of you enjoyed the event and left knowing you had a terrific day.  We welcome your feedback on our event for consideration in our future planning process.   Comments on facility, golf, dinner, raffle, or auction experiences are appreciated.

    Thank you again to our large sponsors for their support and generosity;
    1. DSTI
    2. Parent Custom Homes
    3. Bell Mortgage
    4. Jones Family Dentistry
    5. Warner Stellian – Jeff Warner

    Shout out to Blake, Chris, Christina at DSTI for the help with marketing materials and the video!  Video can be watched on You Tube at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF8MXqq-k04

    Thank you to my KEY volunteers with this event and those that made sure we ended the night successfully:
    1. The Wehr Family, Ger, Renee, Kate and Maggie
    2. The Gilbertson Family, Melissa, Jordan and Hailey
    3. The Wahlin Family, Janel and Kasey
    4. The Nikovics Family, JoAnne, Jenny and Chrissy
    5. Cara Parent
    6. Kari Behun
    7. Peggy Plasha and Ann LuConic
    8. DJ the DJ  - when I let him be…
    9. All of our wonderful hole/game volunteers!!!

    To our winners – NICE JOB!!!
    1. Signature Course
    a. Low Score – Team Dylan – Dan Webster and John Menard score of 57 (score was tied, playoff hole was the 5th hole for tiebreaker)
    b. Blind Draw – Scuba Divers – Jenny & Trent Buness score of 82
    c. Longest Drive – Men – Jon Kallestad
    d. Longest Drive – Woman – Katie Ogdahl
    2. Crossroads Course
    a. Low Score – Who’s your Caddy – O’Brien and Preisen score of 54 (score was tied, playoff hole was the 2nd hole for tiebreaker)
    b. Blind Draw – Jaela’s Mulligans – Phil Beto and Russ Arvin score of 93
    c. Longest Drive – Men – Paul Werner
    d. Longest Drive – Woman – Lyndsay Bertie
    e. Marshmallow Drive – Andre Chouinard
    3. Combined Courses
    a. Longest Putt – Men – Ed Witschen
    b. Longest Putt – Woman – Jenny Buness
    c. Closest to the Pin – Men – Zach Huth
    d. Closest to the Pin – Woman – Kelly Johnson
    e. Snipe the Goalie – Patti Horita

    Thank you again for being a part of this legendary day!!!  Hope to see you next year!

    The Shutout Team!

    Katie   Janel   Melissa   Kari   Chrissy   Cara


    Yea, thats Zach.... He is HOT



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    Jaela's Ultimate Cancer Shutout

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