I Am

I am a generous girl who likes to read.
I wonder if someone will ever create the flying pill.
I hear lines from stories tumble around in my head.
I see people creating great things.
I want to be able to fly.
I am a generous girl who likes to read.

I pretend I am the smartest scientist ever.
I feel people hugging me lovingly.
I worry if someone else in my family will die.
I cry when I remember Max.
I am a generous girl who likes to read.

I understand that death is as natural as birth.
I say everyone is equal.
I dream about my life in the past, present and future.
I try to be helpful.
I hope no one else in my family will die.
I am a generous girl who likes to read.

By Hannah
September 2009


Buy a Hyundai, Help Find a Cure for Childhood Cancer

I admit the title of this post sounds a bit trite, but it's also true. I figured it was time to recognize automaker Hyundai for their amazing support of childhood cancer. By the end of 2010, through their Hope on Wheels charity program, Hyundai will have awarded more than $23 million dollars to children’s hospitals and non-profit organizations across the U.S. to support the fight against childhood cancer.

Dr. Giselle Sholler at UVM was just awarded a $100,000 grant that will be used to help finance the work that her lab is doing and the clinical trials available through the NMTRC. That's a lot of money for a corporation to donate to a specific program. And they're doling out 68 of these $100K grants this year (that's more than the American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society doled out for childhood cancer causes last year combined!) Kudos to Hyundai for taking a leadership role amongst companies that sell products to parents, by tackling what we all know is a challenging and emotionally charged issue like childhood cancer, instead of something "easier" like literacy. There are many fine companies that support childhood cancer research such as Volvo and GLAD, but Hyundai leads the pack.

My next car will be a Hyundai, for sure.


September 13

Quick post here. Today is a special day here in the Mikulak household...

Our little Nicky turns 5 today and isn't so little anymore!

We're celebrating as a family tonight and then this weekend will be holding a birthday party for Nicky and his buddies.

Max Run was on Saturday and a great success! We'll post a more complete entry about it later, but preliminary estimates are that it generated over $12,000 in money that will directly be applied to research and clinical trials for kids fighting cancer. Christine Bowen/Sole Warrior Sports did an awesome job playing ringmaster, and all the volunteers, vendors, sponsors and attendees we can't thank enough for making this first annual event a success! We were especially glad that Team Sam showed up and ran, as did Kalea's Cancer Crew and other folks running in honor/memory of those affected by cancer.

Today, September 13 is Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. 'Course we think (and live/breath) every day around here as childhood cancer awareness day so its really not that different for us.