$1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Winner for Seneca East - Paityn!
This blog is to help offer support to the Thomas Family and their daughter, Christi, in her battle against cancer. Please visit Christi's website at www.ChristiThomas.com to learn more. There, you'll find journals, photos and a lots of other information about this amazing child and her family.
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Grab a basket and bring your little ones to the annual Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt at Tiffin University on Wednesday, April 1st beginning at 3:30pm in the courtyard.
|Christi at the Tiffin University Egg Hunt, about 2000. She always loved it which is why we are happy to make a donation to the university each year in her honor.|
|Shayla with her best friends!|
|Shayla with sweet school friends!|
|Goofing around with friends!|
|Happy to see friends arrive!|
|Shayla with school friends!|
|Shayla with school and theater friends.|
|Shayla & Zach!|
|Josh was one of Christi's best friends! We love him so much! He gave Christi a bear a few months before she died. She loved her bear and named him "Bluie". Bluie was beside her when she left us. One of her last phone calls was from this sweet guy! He made her so happy, just goofing around and talking. It's wonderful to see that Josh grew up into an awesome young man. We are so proud of him and wish him the very best!|
|Shayla with her choir, show choir, theater and musical friends.|
|This guy has captured our hearts this year! Welcome to Tiffin! I hope to see you at BGSU next year!|
|A break for pizza and cookies!|
|Dancing the night away! Who knew these guys could sing too?!!|
|Parents working the lemonade and water stand!|
|Shayla with her sweet date! It must not have been easy to be Shayla's boyfriend Saturday night, but Nate is a class act and was so incredibly mature, supportive and helpful! What a gem!|
|Dance, dance, dance!|
|The DJ did a great job of keeping everyone on their feet!|
|Party's over! It's clean up time, Nate & Shay Shay!|
As I shared earlier, Shayla asked us if we would rent a space and hire a DJ to have a fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand instead of receiving gifts for her 16th birthday so we did. Last night was Shayla's "Lemon Ball Dance Party" where students from: Calvert, Columbian, Hopewell, Lakota, St. Wendelin, Seneca East, Buckeye Central high schools and BGSU danced for four hours. (Due to fire code at the theater, Shayla had to limit her guest list and she felt bad about not being able to invited everyone she wanted to invite.) Thanks to amazing friends, family and loving Internet "Christi fans" pulling together for a great cause, approximately $2,800 was raised. Shayla far surpassed her goal of raising $1600 for her 16th birthday and we believe Christi was proud of her little sister. Thanks everyone for your incredible generosity, and concern for children fighting the most horrible beast - childhood cancer! May God richly bless you all and keep you safe! If you did not give and would like to, here is the link: http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1121392
We now have a new driver in the family! It's hard to believe Shayla is old enough to be driving, but she passed her driver's test yesterday. My thanks to Shayne for all of his patience and work with her over the past months. (Picture: Her final practice with Shayne pretending to be a "cone". She told me I wasn't brave enough to stand out there and do that. Lol!) May her special guardian angel watch over and protect her - and all - as they travel.
Shayla turns 16 this week. She asked us if we would please rent a space and hire a DJ so she could have a second annual "Lemon Ball" to let everyone get another use out of their homecoming outfits, and to raise money for pediatric cancer research instead of receiving birthday gifts. Therefore, she will be distributing invitations this week. Unfortunately, she had to trim her list. Due to the fire code at the Ritz theater, she won't be able to invite everyone she would like to invite. Shayla wants to raise $1600 for her 16th birthday! If you are able and would like to donate, please use this link: http://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1121392