You may have noticed some changes to my website. At the time of this entry I added a banner on the home page and a ribbon in the upper right. I wanted to take a second to write about something a little off topic. If you know me personally than you know my 3 year old nephew Noah Vega was diagnosed with Germ Cell Cancer almost a year ago. I will never forget that phone call for the rest of my life. I was in Vegas at a poker table and my mom called. She said I hate to tell you this while your on vacation but I feel like you need to know. It was tough on me but all I could think about was Noah's parents and what they must being going through.

I kept asking my brother and his wife to let me know if there is anything I could do to help out. My brother and I got to talking one day and thought it would be a great idea to put together a website up that would tell Noah's story and allow others to follow his progress. I had some help from a friend at work on some graphics and a couple weeks later we had the website up. We also wanted to allow others to donate knowing medical bills were going through the roof. I had so many of my friends that didn't even know my brother donate money. Some of you I may of never met in person. For that I am truly grateful and can not thank you enough.

So fast forward past all of the time Noah spent in the hospital to today. I am so happy to share the news with you that Noah is Cancer free! He had his port taken out a couple weeks ago and you would never know what this young man has been through by looking at him. Noah and his parents are truly an inspiration to me. They stayed positive and with strong support from family and friends, they pulled through it. Below is a recent picture of my brother with Noah and his sister Zoey.

Not everyone is as lucky as we are and my heart goes out to anyone who has had to deal with this awful disease. With that I just wanted to try and bring some visibility to Livestrong. While they didn't have any immediate impact on Noah, they are one of the many great organizations out there fighting cancer. So who are they and what do they do?

We provide support to guide people through the cancer experience, bring them together to fight cancer--and work for a world in which our fight is no longer necessary.
I think that is what we all would love to see in our lifetime. A day where cancer is no longer a threat is a day I will celebrate forever. Until that day this is a great resource for finding information on getting help and taking action. I encourage you to donate anything you can today to Livestrong or any other organization out there fighting cancer, every little bit helps!

http://www.livestrong.org/Donate