Support For Christi Thomas

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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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer Vacation in Europe

In mid-June we flew to London, rented a car and drove to Oxford where we spent four lovely days as a family before settling Shayla into her dorm room at the University and leaving her. She was in a group of 75 high achieving 16-18 year olds from around the globe who spent two intense weeks studying things like philosophy, psychology, debate, etc. at a summer academy.  There were four students from the USA there and students from 30 different countries. Shayla's sweet roommate was from Norway.  While Shayla was in Oxford, we then explored the Cotswolds, especially enjoyed Burford and Stratford-Upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace).  Then we flew on to Ireland and spent two weeks biking from village-to-village and staying at lovely B&B's and the amazing Ashford Castle for two nights.  It was a sign from God that we were able to meet up with our Philadelphia friends (the Grants) and huge Christi supporters when we were in Ireland and we enjoyed a lovely day with them.)  When we flew back to London for Shayla's graduation in Oxford we were surprised and happy to learn that she was appointed Valedictorian of her class and she gave a lovely speech.  We wrapped up our three week vacation with time together in London.  Our highlight was bring "groundlings" at the Globe theater. After coming home for two days, we took off to Macinaw City, Michigan where Shayla spent a week with friends and we were blessed to spend the week with our sweet Webby (Eric) and his wife at their cottage in northern Michigan.  Now we are back home and filled with great memories!  God is good!
Shayla and her roommate at "The Boat House" outside of Oxford for the Mascarade Ball.

Shayla and her roommate (from Norway) enjoyed Bristol, England on a day off of campus.

Touring the Warner Brothers Studio, outside of London was a huge hit for our little Harry Potter fan.  I could only laugh when she ran out the battery on her audio tour guide and had to get it replaced.  She spent FIVE hours enjoying it all.  (Shayne and I spent some time waiting for her in a cafe.)

Shayla made friends with girls from around the world during this amazing experience she had in Oxford, England.

Back from Europe and now enjoying Macinac Island, Michigan - lovely!

Cannot even believe we were blessed to spend two nights here, but we did!  WOW!

Shayla's arrival on campus.

Shayla in her dorm room at the university.

What a God event to learn the Grants would be in Ireland at the same time.  It was fabulous to get to spend a precious day with them all.  Lovely, people!

Biking with my bane on the largest Arlan Island -  Ishimor

Cycling up to our "home" for the next two days was a dream come true!  I still can't believe we stayed here.  It was amazing!

Lovely cycling, so scenic!

Proud moment!  Shayla, the Valedictorian, after graduation with the Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster.

We had lots of rainy days in Ireland.  Good thing we packed our ponchos!

Shayla made so many friends and learned so very much!  It was the experience of a lifetime for her.  What a blessing!

We had a ball being "groundlings" at The Globe Theater and enjoying, "Measure for Measure".  Earlier that same day we sat in seats and took in "As You Like It".

Gotta love those London taxis - impressive!  Photo by Shay Shay

Shayla captured this lovely photo of the grounds at Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.  She went with her school.  Shayne and I enjoyed it another day, on our own.

At our first inn in Oxford, The Bath Hotel.  Great location, tiniest room EVER!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

2015 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarships Awarded to Dance Unlimited Students

This year's Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship applicants for the Dance Unlimited Scholarship were all simply amazing!  We love them and are very proud of of them all. We understand why Christi loved going to dance to be with them whenever she could.  Congratulations to this year's Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Winners!  $1,000 - Elena and $1,000 - Marissa.  Because of awesome applicants, we added three $100 Book Scholarships which were award to Paityn, Madison and McKenzie.  I was so relieved Shayla Thomas​ gave the speech for me. This whole scholarship process we do each year is emotionally draining.  It feels like life is being sucked out of me.  No one was closer to Christi than Shayla so my thanks to her for doing this for our family. Congratulations, ladies! (Three minute video clip of announcement attached.)
video

Thursday, May 21, 2015

$1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Winner for Seneca East - Paityn!

As always, we had many wonderful applications for the annual $1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship we award to a Seneca East graduating Senior.  This year's decision was very difficult, due to all of the students being so fabulous.  After careful review, prayer and deliberation, we selected Paityn Caudill as this year's recipient.  Congratulations, Paityn!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 Christi Thomas Memorial $1,000 Scholarship for a Seneca East Graduating Senior

We will award the 9th annual $1,000 Christi Thomas Memorial Scholarship at Seneca East again this year.  All interested Seniors are encouraged to apply.  The deadline is what would have been Christi's 18th birthday, May 12th.  To apply, follow the information on her scholarship website at:  www.ChristiThomas.org

Friday, March 27, 2015

Christi Thomas Memorial Egg Hunt

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.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Lemon Ball Dance Party Pictures Here!

I can't say enough good things about all of the wonderful teens who attended Shayla's Lemon Ball fundraiser on Saturday night at the Ritz Theater.  They danced for four straight hours and we all had a lovely time.  There were about 65 students in attendance from seven different area high schools, all coming together to raise money for childhood cancer.  What a fabulous event!  After Shayla announced the total, nearly $3,000 her sweet friends even broke out in singing her a happy 16th birthday.  She is blessed and we believe Christi must be proud of her too!  Thanks to all who were able to donate for a cause so near and dear to our family's heart!  THANK YOU!!
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!

Snack time!

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 Invites

Party's over!  It's clean up time, Nate & Shay Shay!


Sunday, March 01, 2015

2015 Lemon Ball Dance Party: A Fundraiser for Alex's Lemonade Stand in honor of 16th birthday and in memory of Christi

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

I will post more pictures later, but here is our latest family photo: