“And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free, And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me, And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt, I love this land,
God bless the USA” (Lee Greenwood)
We are so grateful to the men and women who defend our country and sacrifice a normal life so we can have our freedom in America. We want to say thank you. God bless all of the people in the Armed Forces and their families on this Memorial Day! #JuCan #USACan #GodCan
As the “How to Train Your Dragon 2” movie is soon to be released, it only seems fitting to be working on this creative Sea Dragon. The Cobb Family children have been ambassadors for the Arts in Medicine program at MD Anderson for two and one-half years now. This is a program funded by grants and run by a super creative/genuine artist by the name of Ian Cion.
This dragon is one of many projects that he has pioneered whereby cancer patients have designed their own art pieces to be placed on a life-sized, 3D form. All of this art is original and special and gives the artist/patient the feeling of team work, accomplishment and pride.
One aspect that makes THIS dragon project unique is that it is a collaborative effort among patients, siblings, caregivers, doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
Ian was the first hospital visitor Julia had when she was admitted for her first chemotherapy Jan. 3, 2012. He was a welcomed diversion away from the fear and anxiety for Ju.
Ian pulled his art cart up to her bed side, pulled out drawing paper and markers and he and Julia drifted into their imaginary world. This would be the “happy place” Ju would go many days when Ian would come and rescue her during bouts of nausea, fear and exhaustion from daily cancer treatments. The veil of sickness and irritability would always lift within minutes of Ian’s arrival.
Ian has always welcomed all of the Cobb kids (Jonathan, Jenna, Julia, now Jaxi:)) to be a part of this Arts In Medicine world and it has fostered a love for art and spawned creativity in their minds. They have a passion for art now…all because of one man who took the time to include them and make them feel special. Jonathan, Jenna and Jaxi will continue to enjoy their weekly art sessions and forever cherish “Art with Ian” time. Thank you for making a difference in the Cobb Family’s lives!
You only have one Mother in this life. It is the one who knows you best and loves you in spite of your faults. It’s the one who rocks you to sleep with a fever, cleans up your throw up, hugs your sweaty body without hesitation and kisses you with or without your morning breath! It’s the one who will wake you for morning swim practice at 4:30 am for years on end with your bad attitude and wants to see you succeed. Your one and only mother makes you clothes that are one of a kind, makes you look like an angel, and can’t be bought anywhere! She sews all night while you sleep and outfits magically appear on the end of your bed, ready for you to slip them on in the morning. Your mother makes your lunch every day with hot homemade cookies that make other children angry with jealousy. This one of a kind mom never complains of lost sleep and never seems to mind waiting for hours in traffic as she drives from private school to swim practice or softball practice, then on to private music lessons. Then perhaps she will take you to Wednesday night choir practice where she makes her humble living so she can support all of the before mentioned activities. She never misses an event or a chance to see her child shine- NOT EVEN ONCE!!! She isn’t the loudest and most outwardly enthusiastic parent in the stands, but she is the PROUDEST on the inside! This was MY MOM!
I knew my biggest fan was in the stands and I was going home loved and feeling like I had the gold medal- WIN or LOSE! There wasn’t a critique on what I could have done better because that wasn’t my mom. She didn’t know a thing about swimming, other than the fact that it was a race to the end of the pool and back, but she could have offered plenty of feedback on my oboe solos. Her perfect pitch, and the fact that she was a gifted organist, pianist, and vocalist, certainly gave her the credentials to offer her feedback. But, not my mom:). She was an unselfish loving soul, who gave my brothers and I her undivided attention, support and love. I only had one in this life and I miss her dearly. I could have used her help and a little advice these last 2 1/2 years. Her spirit was with me though and I carried her best trait-loving-close to my heart. Because of how I was loved and mothered, I was able to love, care for, encourage and mother Julia. Thank you for a priceless gift- the lesson of how to be a mother- the gift that keeps on giving. -Jennifer Cobb