Day 179: Cobb Family #WalkAcrossAmerica in Texas

Day 179: Cobb Family #WalkAcrossAmerica in Texas

We had the BIGGEST blessing upon our arrival in Texas! A friend we knew at our childrens’ school in Webster, Texas hosted a BBQ meet and greet at her house in Plano. Jessica and Wayne Williams invited everyone she knew to come and meet us. Even the family of Ju’s friend, Josh Strasner, came!!! What a shot in the arm and quite a HUGE TEXAS WELCOME!!! Thank you Williams family for opening your home for this BIG TEXAS welcome (and all you can eat BBQ)! :))
While we were at Jessica Williams’ house, ABC News channel 8 in Dallas came out and did our story.
We wanted to thank John Lane of channel 8 for the thoughtful questions he asked and for the huge compassion he showed us. We can’t wait to see his story tomorrow when it airs. What an added touch of class from a Senior Photojournalist- who reports thousands of stories a day- to write us a heartfelt email after meeting us. He said, “Thank you very much for taking time out of your busy day to meet and talk with me. I am fortunate to meet some very inspirational people through my job and the both of you definitely fall into that class. Julia is fortunate to have parents like you. I am sure that she is very proud of the foundation you have created for her and the efforts you are going through to help others.” What a compliment!
‪#‎JuCan‬ ‪#‎UCan‬ ‪#‎TeamJuCan‬ ‪#‎TexansCan‬ ‪#‎GodCAN‬ ‪#‎CobbFAMCan‬ ‪#‎WalkAcrossAmerica‬ ‪#‎Disney2Disney‬ ‪#‎WeWalkBiggerInTexas‬

Pray for Prancer (Prannie)

Pray for Prancer (Prannie)

As we were completing our walk for the day yesterday (North of the Texas border), we noticed our almost 15 year old Golden Retriever, Prannie, exhibiting symptoms of vertigo. Prancer had a severe attack in Houston, shortly before we began our voyage, so we were IMMEDIATELY anxious.
We googled the closest veterinarian and quickly made our way to Pauls Valley, OK. Upon our arrival, we discovered a “closed on Wednesday” sign. Isn’t that how life goes at times? As it was close to the end of the day, we googled another vet in Norman and made a call saying, “Hello, we’re a family walking across America and our Golden has vertigo. Can you please help?” We’re not sure if they thought we were crazy or not, but they did agree to see Prannie! After all, it’s not everyday a family of five, dressed up in bright neon shirts, with crazy Disney writing all over their car pulls up to your front door!
A special thanks to Dr. White (and staff) from McGee Street Animal Hospital in Norman, OK. for seeing us on short notice (and at closing time). Dr. White did a thorough examination and confirmed that our girl indeed had vertigo. Prannie was given a shot, an ear exam using her super cool video otoscope, antibiotics, a pat on the head, and a dog biscuit.
The Cobb kids have been inspired not only by Prannie, but through “Animal Art” at various zoos on our journey. As a result, they approached us about a “CANine” project with Prannie to raise funds for the “JuCan Castle” we are planning to build in Houston. This is a campus for out-of-town families traveling to the Texas Medical Center for treatment. There is a great need in the world’s largest medical center (Houston) and ‪#‎JuCan‬ is responding!
One of the greatest challenges the Cobb family of 7 (that includes Prancer) experienced in our 2 year battle with Julia’s cancer, was where to stay and how to keep our family together. We moved more than 8 times during Julia’s treatment, and quite often, our family of “seven” exceeded the limit allowed by certain organizations. The fact that we had Prannie, entirely knocked us out of most places. We walked a hard road in choosing NOT to split our family up. It cost us dearly. Many times, families are faced with who can and can’t come due to excessive restrictions. While you can’t change a cancer diagnosis, we believe YOU should be able to choose who comes with you to fight the battle! We believe there’s nothing more important than having family and close friends by your side during your cancer journey.
That said, keep an eye out for some Prancer ‪#‎CANine‬ art coming soon to help us build that ‪#‎JuCanCastle‬ in Houston. And, if by chance you are an architect reading this and/or have land in Houston, you CAN call us anytime!
We are wrapping up our last day walking through the state of Oklahoma and on into TEXAS!!!! We can’t believe we are almost there! The Cobb family appreciates your prayers and support! Julia would be so amazed by her ‪#‎TeamJuCan‬ champions!!! Thanks for helping us on our ‪#‎Disney2Disney‬ ‪#‎WalkAcrossAmerica‬ -Jonathan
As Jennifer so eloquently stated, ‪#‎PrannieCan‬ ‪#‎CANinesCAN‬ ‪#‎StayPAWsitive‬ ‪#‎CobbFAMCan‬

 

Day 178: #WalkAcrossAmerica Honors Alex

Day 178: #WalkAcrossAmerica Honors Alex

Yesterday was another extraordinary day of meeting people who been touched by cancer. Along the trail as we #WalkAcrossAmerica, we have enjoyed eating at any Chili’s restaurant we can find because of their participation in fundraising for St. Jude. We have enjoyed sharing with each staff about the impact that St. Jude had on our life. Our daughter Julia was treated in the Chili’s Care Center at St. Jude research hospital in Memphis Tennessee. We have had the privilege of helping to generate enthusiasm over the fundraising efforts at Chili’s at various restaurants.

Last night we were feeling down because Prannie had another episode of vertigo. We had just left the vet not sure if she would make another recovery. We walked into Chili’s and the young hostess immediately asked about our Team JuCan shirts http://www.jucanfoundation.org/get-involved/store/ and their significance . We began sharing about our walk when she looked at us and said I lost a brother to cancer in 2010. Taylor said her brother Ian had very rare Burkitt’s Lymphoma that occurred after he had mono. He spent 7 months in the hospital and sadly passed away.

We shared our loss with the manager who then said he too had been intensely touched by cancer as well. He was a young teen while he watched his older sister battle Hodgkins Lymphoma for 10 years. Fortunately she is in remission! He spoke through tears about the affect that had on his life. As our waiter shared about his life, he said he had lost his dad to colon cancer 2 1/2 years ago.

We are reminded today of those that suffer with this debilitating disease that so often robs us of our loved ones. We appreciate life and all of the joys and sorrows it brings. We especially want to honor an almost 13 year old boy named Alex. This brave warrior with a battalion of prayer warriors is fighting a brain tumor (Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade 3) with his awesome spirit! His mama reported last night that he has lost a lot of feeling on one side and his condition seems to be worsening, but Alex is strong in love and hope! Please keep him and his family in your prayers. https://www.facebook.com/229teamalex
#JuCan – AlexCan – GODCAN!!!

Day 176: #Disney2Disney for Grace Nelson

Day 176: #Disney2Disney for Grace Nelson

Yesterday we stopped the kids by guest relations at the OKC Zoo. They wanted to look at the animal art since my little zoologist protégés have been studying and researching all the zoo programs in the U.S. that are doing animal enrichment through creating original art. While we were there, the whole staff and personnel came out to meet the kids walking from Disney2Disney for kids cancer:). They also told me of a little girl in OKC who was just diagnosed with cancer this October. She is the daughter of Oklahoma’s House of Representative, Jason Nelson.
Grace was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Wilms tumor on October 14. A Wilms tumor is a childhood kidney cancer. This sweet girl has undergone two surgeries, one to remove the tumor and her right kidney. We are on a ‪#‎WalkAcrossAmerica‬ and today Team JuCan wanted to honor Grace of Oklahoma City. We know that if Ju were here today she would encourage her and tell her ‪#‎JuCan‬ – GraceCan- GODCAN!!! Please join us in praying for Grace to be healed and cancer FREE forever!
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/gracenelson2