have decided to have Mo's surgery performed by the staff at St.
Judes Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Actually,
Boop, the surgeon who will perform the surgery is on staff at
St. Judes, but the surgery will be performed at LeBonheur
Children's Medical Center, a separate hospital located near St.
Jude's in downtown Memphis. Mo will be admitted to LeBonheur,
I'm not sure if he will be transferred to St. Judes after surgery.
Anne, Mo, and I will be flying to Memphis on Monday (9/8) morning.
We will meet with Dr. Boop and an Dr.
Gajjar, an oncologist at St. Jude's, on Tuesday. Mo will then
be admitted to the hospital, an MRI will given for use with one of
the high-tech surgical devices (frameless stereotactic microscope)
which may be needed to help find the growth we want to remove. The
surgery will take place on Wednesday. If all goes well, Mo could
be discharged in 3-5 days. I'm not sure if he will be ready
to fly home right after discharge or not. We have begun discussions
of what therapies lie ahead, but we won't know until after the surgery
and the biopsy of the tissue which is removed. Once again the
paint has been washed off the canvas of the future; we will let you
know as soon as we can see a new picture. I am hoping to update
the website from Memphis.
I mentioned in the last post, our Summer finished with a bang. Here's
a glimpse of our adventures:
Saturday, 8/16, Afternoon
July and August of this year, Karate America, the school where
Mo and Becky study Karate, held a fundraiser for the UW Children's
Hospital. One of the activities was a "kickathon",
where the students collected pledges for the number of kicks they
could kick in 15 seconds. Mo and Becky came in first and
second in dollars raised (thanks to a little help from Uncle Steve).
At the end of the fundraiser they held a Kicknic, attended
by students from several of the academies, where several more
fundraising activities were held. Because of his fundraising,
and especially because of his Blackbelt attitude in dealing with
cancer, Mo was the guest of honor at the Kicknic.
Becky, Bucky, and Ms. Sherman watch Mo present
the UW Children's Hospital with a check for $50,000!
Mr. Tracy raises $400 by breaking a stack of 4
I gave a short speech at the beginning of the Kicknic, you can read
the rough version here.
Heather and Uncle Steve visited from 9/17 - 9/21, so they, as
well as Grandma and Grandpa Eglash were in Madison to attend the
Kicknic. After the Kicknic we headed to Milwaukee to have
dinner with other friends and relatives.
Partying w/cousin Heather and Uncle Steve.
The photographer, the only member of the family not in the
photo, is being given the "square" sign for not joining
in the dancing.
The scarf is authentic Elvis (who can be seen
in the background).
happened to be the 25th anniversary of Elvis' death, so we were
treated to an Elvis impersonator at the restaurant, and the guy
was good. After dinner some of us joined the dancing and low
and behold Mo was snatched away by a blonde who couldn't keep her
hands off him the rest of the evening!
When we left, even Elvis was addressing Mo by name. I'm going
to shave my head before we go back to that place...
8/17 - Lake Waubeesee
Rafting with cousin Heather
Out for a spin with cousin Rod.
Goodbye party for Mary Brady, who has moved on
to greener pastures in Baltimore.
Debut performance of "The Hooked Fish" playing Arkansas
Traveller (their only tune) in a farewell
!!!!Good luck Mary!!!!
8/28 - Lake Waubesa
The final fishing trip of Summer vacation.
Mo caught 10 fish in an hour!
Note to mom and Dr. Puccetti - we washed all the germs off the fish
before he kissed it...
Day Weekend - Chicago
of the Summer was cousin Robert and new-cousin Pam's beautiful wedding
in Chicago. There were parties and dancing and lots of celebration.
I put several pictures into one graphic - here's what you're
looking at (top to bottom):
1. Riding in on the Metra train from Harvard Ill. 2. Mo w/Aunt
Pam (mother of the groom).
3. Lovely ladies. 4. The newlyweds cutting the cake. Yo
Robert - What's up with marrying a woman with the same name as your
5. Uncle Neil and soon-to-be-Aunt Marie (who announced their engagement
at the wedding). 6. Two remnants from the seventies.
7. Cousin David (brother of the groom) and soon-to-be-cousin Adeena,
who asked Mo to be the ringbearer at their wedding in February.
8. Robert and Mo at the brunch on the day after the wedding.
9. Bad dude at the Harley store.
2 - School Begins
was definitely ready for school to start, he kept telling people
that he wanted "to keep himself busy". I guess fishing,
bowling, go-karting and stuff like that get old after awhile...
He is showing more interest in school than in years past.
He has the same great teachers - Ms. Stimac and Ms. Kebbekus,
which makes organizing schoolwork easier as they are already very
familiar with our situation.
Thursday, we were treated to a pleasant example of the strength
of Madison's community. Two men from Madison Water Utility
stopped by to give Mo a late Kickathon pledge to bring the total
amount of money he raised to more than $3000! We're not quite
sure how it came about, but someone at the Water Utility heard about
Mo's fundraising efforts and remembered that he had sent them a
card 3 years ago, praising their trucks (He sent out about 20 such
cards back then. Not only did he like trucks, but he liked
receiving souveniers in the mail). They made a great card
which includes a copy of his drawing, which still hangs on a wall
at their facility.
What goes around comes around.
this long entry just about brings things up to date, except to add
that my friend Abe Megahead stopped by with his telescope on Friday
night to show us the moon, Mars, and a nebula near an edge of the
Milky Way. It was quite phenomenal, especially the moon, which
none of us had ever seen through a telescope before. It was
a nice break from a rather hectic week of organizing the trip to
Memphis, which we will embark upon in a few hours. In writing
these pages, it is my goal to show the positive side of our lives
- that one of the challenges of this ordeal is to make an effort
to appreciate and enjoy each day. And so, if I could be excused
for a bit of a complaint, I would say that I have never spent so
much time organizing for something I wish I didn't have to do, and
Anne feels the same way.
much to everyone for your support. Several people have offered
to let Becky move in with them, watch the dog, or just do whatever
they can to help out. I wish there more that folks could do,
but there really isn't. Everything is setup, so now we just
have to take the steps. We, and especially Mo, are prepared.
as our journey in this landscape takes a turn, this will be the
last entry on this page. If possible, I will post an update
or two from Memphis.