St. Baldrick’s Day – March 14, 2014 – Foothill Technology High School


They say that police officers and firefighters are a family.  I have never seen such a large, happy, loving family in my life!  Talk about brotherhood!

One of the most shocking pieces of information Kevin learned this week, was that he was not going to be able to go to watch Courtney get her head shaved for St. Baldrick’s Day at her school.    He was seriously……devastated.  Thankfully, modern technology allowed for Kevin & I to watch via Skype.  It was amazing to see the outpouring of support from the ‘family.’     Kevin couldn’t be there….but more than 40 of his brothers from various departments in the area stood in his stead to support Courtney in her courageous act.   Courtney was able to raise over $3700 for cancer research….there is power in numbers.  Thank you to all of you who supported Courtney in this effort.

Courtney was planning to shave her head for St. Baldrick’s Day and donate her hair to Locks of Love.  A beautiful, selfless and brave act for a 13 year old Freshman in High School.  When life is often all about, “how does my hair look?”

Still got the hair                             Getting ready to shave

But when we found out on Sunday of this week that Kevin had cancer, the disease that is currently teaching her more about faith, hope and perseverance than she ever could have imagined, her participation in this event certainly took on a different meaning.

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Kevin & I are so proud of what she did today.  And she looks just gorgeous with her new ‘do!

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Kevin enjoyed watching her via Skype even though our feed was pretty pixel-ated.  It was clear enough to cause a few tears.

Today was a day of rest for Kevin.  He was up for the big head shaving, and a few visitors throughout the day.  He walked up and down the hall a few times, but is still having quite a bit of pain and discomfort and when he is medicated well, is very sleepy.

The current plan still involves chemo therapy to begin on Monday.  We feel so extremely grateful and blessed by the outpouring of love and support that we have experienced from friends, family and strangers as we are on Day 6 of our journey in the battle of our lives.

As we continue to prepare to keep calm and kick cancer’s ass we hold on to this verse tonight.

Exodus 14:14 

The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to keep still.
So we sit here, praying, holding on to our faith, and trusting that the Lord will fight this battle for us.
PS – if you would like to visit, please call or text Lisa or Kevin’s cell first to ensure he is up for visitors.  Thank you.

7 thoughts on “St. Baldrick’s Day – March 14, 2014 – Foothill Technology High School

  1. caroline brightenburg

    My prayers are with you and your family. We are also fighting cancer. My dad was diagnosed 1 week before his birthday. We are at the radiation stage. Keep strong he will win this fight just like my dad will too. One day at a time.

  2. Robin (Lidz) Adrian

    Kevin and Lisa, I was truly shocked to learn of what you are going through. But if I remember one thing about you after we were kind of tossed together when we 3 and from then on, it is that you are determined, and a fighter! And it sounds to me like you have an an outstandingly remarkable support system right by your side. Please know that your family are in my family’s thoughts and prayers and we believe in all of you! ~ Robin

  3. Melanie

    Your daughter is a blessing. I cannot wait to have her in my Leadership class next year. She is such a poised and serene young woman. My prayers are with your family.

  4. Amanda Locker-Kaufman

    Dear Kevin and family,
    I am heartbroken to hear all that you are going through! I wish you a quick, surgical recovery and hope the surgery will have relieved the excruciating pain that you have been forced to endure. Courtney, is truly an amazing person. I don’t know another teenage girl that is strong, compassionate, brave enough to take a stand as she has against cancer. And to plan to participate before it became so personal is truly remarkable. She looks beautiful on the outside and quite obviously is absolutely beautiful on the inside as well!! Today and all the days ahead, wishing you all strength and peace. Kevin, sending you many healthy thoughts and healing prayers!!

  5. carol light

    God will bless your family. You all show such love and courtney is amazing. Kevin will overcome this. I claim it and Christ will deliver it.

  6. James Velarde


    Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers! The journey will have it’s ups and downs but stay positive and know that YOU CAN BEAT THIS!

    Just went through a Cancer Diagnosis with my little sister Brenda last year. Thankfully she’s Cancer Free today- Lesson’s we learned: Never lose hope and faith, educate yourselves, be engaged in your treatment plan, ask LOTS of questions, surround yourself with LOVE and Positivity, It’s OK to be scared, Support Groups are AWESOME and a life saver for the whole family, BE A WARRIOR!

    KICK CANCERS A@#!!!!

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