Saturday, August 27, 2011

Rockstar Emma

This little light of mine, o! how she continues to shine!   
Emma is full of happiness, laughter, creativity, kindness, love, affection, caring.  
 Her spirit radiates peace, love, joy, grace, perseverance and most of all HOPE.
- Emma's Mom 

 Emma at Camp CARE {Cancer Ain't Really the End}; Summer 2011
Emma is one of our current Rockstars who is in remission!
Four and a half years ago, Emma was diagnosed with 
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia {ALL}.
Now, as she enters second grade, we celebrate with her and her family.
Emma is carefree and creative, curious and caring.

As a Rockstar, Emma was given an iPad 
which she uses to supplement her learning.  
{Finding free educational apps is one of her specialties!}
Emma has a heart for animals and has even learned to
take care of a "pet" turtle by utilizing her personal iPad!  
She put together a "turtle box" to create a home for a turtle that 
keeps wanting to be found in the woods behind Emma's house!

Emma is clearly committed to being a lifelong learner.
Over the summer, she worked with a private tutor, 
but, unprompted and on her own accord, 
she researched and wrote a report about caring for a potbelly pig.  
She presented her report to her parents bright and early one morning
in hopes of persuading them to get her a potbelly pig of her own!

What a smart little Rockstar! 
We wish you a rockin' year in second grade, Emma!
Let hope continue to flow from your sweet spirit.
You are an inspiration to all of us!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Rock On Hope

Written by David Britt for
 the Rohr Family Foundation.
"Rock on" Rockstars!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to School

Back-to-school shopping. 
{The perfect "first day" outfit.}

Brand new school supplies. 
{Sharp pencils, unbroken crayons, crisp paper}.

Reunions with old friends.  
Hugs from favorite teachers. 
First conversations with new classmates.
{Embracing the old and welcoming the new.}

Anxiety, anticipation, excitement. 
{Restless sleep on the eve before the first day.}

Such are the milestones in the life of a school-age student.
{Right-of-passage, social, emotional milestones 
that we all remember fondly.}

You may have had your first day today.
Or you might be sending your baby off for their first day tomorrow.
Maybe you remember stepping on to the school bus
for your monumental ride years ago.

We are committed to nurturing our Rockstars 
and giving them back this piece of their childhood.
To connect with friends, and be inspired by teachers.  
To experience school {during treatment} 
through the innovative and cutting edge approach 
of creating virtual classrooms.

The lesson plans are written; 
"class" should begin shortly.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thank You Smarty Pants

A BIG thank you to Charlotte Smarty Pants for sharing 
our 500 Penny Challenge with its readers.  
Check out the full article {as well as Sully and Riley's video} here!

All the Smarties are doing it! 
Donate your 500 pennies today.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Rockstar Zoe'

Meet our newest little Rockstar, Zoe'.
Isn't she such a precious diva?!
Zoe' is your average rising first grader;
She loves hanging out with her friends,
loves arts and crafts, and the girl knows fashion!

You wouldn't guess it because of her smile, 
but Zoe' is fighting her second battle with cancer.
In November 2009, she was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a type of kidney cancer that occurs in children; treatment included the removal of one kidney as well as chemotherapy.  In May 2011, Zoe' and her family found out that the cancer had resurfaced in two spots in her lungs; a stem cell transplant was necessary and additional chemotherapy is now underway.  Still Zoe' rocks on.  

Because of her treatment plan, it is estimated that Zoe' will miss the first 3-4 months of first grade with her friends.  While this will be a difficult time for Zoe', RFF is excited to walk beside her and her family.  We invite you to check out Zoe's story on her CaringBridge site.  

Please pray for her strength, her sass, and her sparkle.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Going Viral

It is our dream to make this video go viral.
Act on it, share it, and love it!
We did! And we do!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

So Good

“I believe that God is love
Jesus is a teacher and a friend
people are inherently good
there is truth I know {and more I will know},  
service is required of me to live my faith, 
and in the end all will be well.”
 -Rev. Elizabeth M. Strong

In the last few weeks, RFF has felt love.
Acts of service and an outpouring of pennies
have taught us that people are good.
So good.

And we are so thankful for each and every one of you.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Empowering Rockstars

The Rohr Family Foundation empowers 
children facing cancer to reach their academic goals 
and to continue building a foundation for lifelong learning. 

Are you ready to nurture, educate, elevate, sustain,
inspire, enrich, and empower our Rockstars?

Like us, do you believe that community advocacy and collaboration 
can help to support literacy and cultivate life long learners
throughout the Rockstars' journey to fight cancer?

Your 500 pennies can help!
Or you might want to become a Groupie!
For more information or specific questions, 
please leave a comment below,
or email us at

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

500 Pennies

{A quick introduction :: I am a wife, a mommy, a teacher, a friend, and a Christian.  I love to write ... and I have a newly discovered hobby:: photography!  Since my son was born 20 months ago, my husband and I started a blog to keep our {long distance} friends and family connected as our little man grows and grows and grows!  As of late, my heart has begun to beat wildly for Rohr Family Foundation.  I was amazed and intrigued to learn about RFF through the founder, Trish, a co-worker of mine at CCDS; after hearing about Trish and Eric's selflessness and desire to serve the kids {on a foundational, educational level} who are fighting cancer, I knew I had to help in some way.  Trish was also able to help and honor some sweet friends of ours whose 2 year old daughter, Claire, is also fighting cancer.  Two weeks ago, I took on the blogging responsibilities for RFF, and I must say that I am IN LOVE!}
Remember Sully and Riley {and their sweet friend Abby Scott -pictured far left}?  Two little kids that had a big impact in our community and in my heart.  They had an idea, they presented it to their parents, and after all parties accepted the challenge, they made it happen!  The kids raised over $500 from their produce and lemonade just a few hours!  That is over 50,000 pennies!  Along with a matching donation from a generous friend, they gifted RFF over $1,000... or over 100,000 pennies.  Sure there were $20 bills, crumpled $1 bills, neatly written crisp checks, but I promise you, there were prized pennies dropped in their donation jar as well.

In celebration of my 500th blog post here, and in support of the Rohr Family Foundation and the Rockstars they support, I am going to ask a favor worth 500 pennies ... a penny for every single one of my silly, serious, wordless, heartfelt thoughts {don't worry, many more thoughts, praises, and introductions will be disclosed here too!} ... a penny for every single future Rockstar out there that we have yet to meet

Sully and Riley, together, donated over 50,000 pennies.  Now it is your turn.

What I am asking of you, is to donate 500 pennies {just $5} ... or more to Rohr Family Foundation. Click on all the links, read the RFF blog, educate yourself about the mission, but know that I believe in this cause BIG time.  Maybe it is the mommy in me ::  the teacher in me :: the Christian in me, but seriously, this foundation is going to make a HUGE impact and I promise you that your 500 pennies {in exchange for my 500 thoughts!!!} will be appreciated and used directly to impact a little life that is fighting cancer.

Please donate here:

... or click on the "Donate" button on the left side bar.

Please leave a comment below to let me know you donated ... or if you'd like more ways to help.  Thank you for your support!

{Enjoy some sweet, silly pictures of my little man from my personal blog; 
Alekzander says "thane-coo" for donating and coming along for the journey!}
Alekzander's "treat" from the produce stand {courtesy of Sully}.  
Unwashed, unpeeled ... but he loved it!
The kids were concerned that he was eating it fresh out of the ground, 
but I promised them that he has had worse things in his mouth.

First taste of lemonade {courtesy of Riley}.  And still hanging on to his carrot.
If you look closely, there is a carrot 'crumb' on his collar!