Thursday, July 30, 2009

The First Miracles for Harrison

My parents just had a call from Germany and Harrison has been sitting up on his own for the past 10 minutes or so; this is the first time in his entire life he has been able to sit up alone for more than a few seconds. It has been less than 48 hours since he had the stem cell treatment and they are certain this is directly attributable to the care he received.

Additionally, he is exhibiting greater muscle control in his arms, he is holding his head up much better, and his right hand seems to be improved and relaxed (previously his hands were typically in fists). Even Harrison's overall demeanor seems calmer, his parents reported.

We are waiting for the internet to deliver pics of Harrison sitting up. As soon as I get one I will update this post with one.

As a family we are feeling so blessed and grateful for these miracles. Please join with us and add a word of gratitude in your prayers tonight for Harrison's miracles.

Scripture of the Day: Daniel 2:44-45

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Just Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale...

A month or so ago I realized my kids had no idea what Gilligan's Island was--and I was shocked. How could they not know about Gilligan's Island, one of the shows I was practically raised on!?! Every day after school I watched Gilligan, the Skipper, "and the rest" perform their funny antics trying to get off that darn island. Such good memories! After this realization I added Gilligan's Island on my Netflix queue and waited.

Early last week disk 1 of season 1 came. I made the kids sit down to watch it and could not wait to see how much they would love it. I was not disappointed! They watched all eight episodes on the disk at least three times before I sent it back (when it is 115 degrees here you watch a lot of movies and stuff). Yesterday the second disk arrived and I have been walking around the house singing along with "the millionaire and his wife, the movie star, the professor and Mary Ann..."

Did you do it?

Mentally you added " on Gilligan's Island", didn't you?

I knew it!

Just a little side note: I was surprised to read on Wikipedia that Gilligan's Island only ran for three seasons originally. There were also three movies. But the real popularity came with syndication. Another interesting tidbit is the actual names of the characters: the Skipper's real name was Jonas Gumby; Mrs. Howell's real first name was not "Lovey" but Eunice; the professor's name was Roy Hinckley; and Mary Ann's last name was Summers. No last name for Gilligan was ever given in the show or movies.

Sorry for that little tangent--I always am interested in little details like those. But what I love most about Gilligan's Island now is how great it is for kids to watch. It is clean and funny. It teaches kids to be problem solvers and to keep trying despite great odds. And it teaches that despite coming from varied backgrounds people can cooperate and work together to succeed. All great lessons.

Thanks, Gilligan.

Scripture of the Day: Ezekiel 37: 15-17

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Patch's Big Accomplishment

Last December I told Patch I would buy him an iPod if he would read the Book of Mormon before he turns 12 in October. So all year long, every few days, he would report to me (without me even asking) where he was or how many chapters he had read the previous night. Last night before he went to bed he had four chapters left, but about a half an hour later he came in to tell me he had finished! I am really proud of him and this accomplishment. In my mind it is totally worth the cost of the iPod to know he has been reading his scriptures regularly and has read the whole Book of Mormon. Tonight we will be heading off to Costco to make the purchase! Way to go Patch!

Scripture of the Day: Jeremiah 16:16

Sunday, July 26, 2009

An Update on Harrison

My nephew Harrison and his family made it to Germany for the stem cell treatment, which starts tomorrow. You can read about their first few days there on Harrison's blog (click and scroll to beneath the law mowing pictures). We are so excited for this week to see what happens!

Member Missionary Moment #11

Kitty (left) and her friend

This post is part of a year long series where each week I strive to complete and item from a list of 101 Ways to do Member Missionary Work. Feel free to join me in the work!

I think this is a repeat (section 6, #7), but worth mentioning: This week was our ward breakfast for Pioneer Day. In addition to the breakfast the Primary was having a little parade for the kids to dress up and march around the parking lot. Kitty wanted to invite a friend to attend all these festivities. She invited a cute schoolmate of hers to spend the night Friday and then go with us to the activity. They both stayed up late playing and watching movies, but were up and ready to go for the Pioneer Day activity as well. It was a bit on the hot side, still we had a fun time.

Then after the Pioneer Day party we headed inside to take care of our assignment to clean the church. Kitty and her friend played more the cleaned, I think, but somehow (as far as missionary work goes) I don't think that mattered.

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, July 24, 2009

Police Beat #48

Happy Friday!
Have a great weekend!

July 15: Money was reported stolen from a vendor working at the Stadium of Fire.

(Comment: Strange it took him more than a week to report it. My guess is that that those earnings have gone up in smoke. {I know, bad pun.})

July 11: An officer responded to a report of a child found at the Creamery on Ninth. At the same time, a man from Wymount Terrace reported his child missing. Father and child we reunited.

(Comment: Smart kid running away to the Creamery. That's exactly where I would run away to if I could.)

July 13: A young lady reported that an ex-fiance keeps harassing her through e-mails, texts, phone calls and Facebook messages.

(Comment: Definitely someone who will likely be un-friended.)

July 12: A couple took their dog into the JRCB. A custodian told them dogs are not allowed in the building.

(Comment: The blind couple complied by leaving their dog outside and then felt their way to the classroom.)

July 15: Juveniles were reported doing tricks and jumping over stairways on their bikes near the ESC. They were gone when police arrived.

(Comment: There are now skid and tred marks marks on the Foucault Pendulum.)

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 53:3-5

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Night on the Town

Tonight we are going here.

By way of this.

To eat this.

At this location.

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 29: 13-14

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Movie Night Suggestion

If you are looking for a good, clean video rental here is a new suggestion for you: Bride Wars (rated PG; see trailer for the movie here). I did not see this in the theater and was only mildly interested in renting it, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The plot actually had some good themes and messages, especially for girls. And I particularly liked the ending -- it was grounded and more fulfilling than a formula movie would have been.

Drawbacks: 1. The two main characters are living with their boyfriends/finaces--but there are no bedroom scenes. 2. There is a scene at a strip club where a guy is shown in his underwear, but otherwise everyone else is clothed. 3. Short skirts, strapless wedding dresses, and other non-For the Strength of Youth compliant outfits are worn (still, pretty mainstream for modern standards).

Scripture of the Day: Isaiah 1:18

Monday, July 20, 2009

Member Missionary Moment #10

This post is part of a year long series where each week I strive to complete and item from a list of 101 Ways to do Member Missionary Work. Feel free to join me in the work!

This week's moment was taken from Section 2, the first idea there--namely, "Have the missionaries over for dinner. Use this time to become familiar with the people the missionaries are teaching and focusing their reactivation efforts on."

So I signed up to have the sister missionaries over for dinner. Lately when I have signed up I have had to take their meal down to them at the Visitor's Center at the temple. But this time I had the option of having them to our home for dinner, so I took them up on it knowing I could use it for my blog.

Sisters Beazer and de Oliviera {I just can't seem to pronounce the latter one no matter how hard I try!} came over on Friday night for pizza and salad. Sister B. is from Idaho and Sister d'O is from Brazil. They serve in three different wards and are only teaching one person in our ward area currently (which is not surprising since the ward is about .33 square miles--talk about your high density LDS area). But they also serve down at the Visitor's Center and get to meet people from all over when there.

Before leaving Sister B. shared a few scriptures with our family about having enthusiasm for missionary work. She chose verses associated with the sons of Mosiah and their missionary service to the Lamanites, noting how they had a vision and worked hard to achieve that vision. She then challenged us to write down our vision of missionary work as a family and make a list of things we could do to work toward accomplishing that vision. We will need to work on that during FHE tonight.

I did mention to them I was going to blog about their dinner visit. I even got my camera out and had it ready to take their picture to post, but then decided not to. Not that they did not look nice, but I figured I might be asking too much at that point.

Scripture of the Day: Proverbs 3:5-6

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Police Beat #47

A special edition of infractions made on the 4th of July!

July 4: An owl was found in the former president’s Home. An officer communicated with the owl and it left.

(Comment: Do you think the conversation went something like this? Officer: "Whoo, whooo." Owl, "Whoo, whoo, whoo." Officer, "Whoo, whoo." Owl, "Whoo.")

July 4: A decorated flag was found at the Y trailhead. Police removed the flag.

(Comment: Guess the BYU Police lack something in the patriotism department.)

July 4: Several people in the parking lot of LaVell Edwards Stadium during the Stadium of Fire got into a heated argument. Police arrived and were able to calm them down.

(Comment: Pun intended.)

July 4: A report was made of a child seen alone outside at 1 a.m., in lightweight clothes while it was raining. Police found no child and no parents ever reported a missing child.

(Comment: The veil was thin that morning--some people just have a hard time telling the difference between spiritual experiences and reality.)

July 4: A couple with a small child was reported trespassing in a dangerous construction zone on 450 East. The couple was gone when police arrived.

(Comment: Another Bob the Builder fan -- that or a Primary music leader trying to get inspiration to teach the song My Eternal Family.)

Scripture of the Day: Psalms 24:3-4

Friday, July 17, 2009

Angel's Inspiration

Some friends of mine are currently visiting Germany and sent me some pictures (last three shown below) of a church in Wiesbaden. This church was one of the ones studied by Truman O. Angel, the architect of the Salt Lake Temple. Angel was sent by Brigham Young in 1856 to Europe to study the architecture there. I think it is pretty cool to see the similarities and inspiration he received for the temple. Below is a picture of the Salt Lake temple for you to compare. What do you think?

Scripture of the Day: Job 19: 25-26

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scriptures Made Easier

If you have not discovered the genius of works by David J. Ridges yet then you are in for a treat. Ridges has a background of 30+ years in the CES and has published numerous books that help to make scripture study "easier." What I love about the books is that they are the actual verse-by-verse scriptures with the commentary written right in them. For example, this is a small section from his New Testament Made Easier volume:

Matthew 5
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

Note: You may wish to make a cross reference here to 3 Nephi 12:1-3, wherein we are told that the Sermon on the Mount which follows is addressed to members of the Church, and is a series of instructions for entering celestial glory.

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit (who come unto me. 3 Nephi 12:3): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (celestial glory).

4 Blessed are they that mourn (for their sins; in other words, those who repent): for they shall be comforted (by the Holy Ghost).

From this you can see that Brother Ridges has taken a lot of work out of studying scriptures. I love that he has explanations right there. His books would be awesome for both personal and family scripture study.

Scripture of the Day: 1 Samuel 16:7

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lazy Wednesday

There is not much going on around here. Still hot. And a little slow.

- Yesterday I went to Michael's to pick up a few art supplies and I found this cute tote bag for $6.50. I walked past it once and thought it was super cute, but left it on the shelf in an effort to be frugal. But when I walked past it the second time I could not resist. I like that it says, "Happy Go Lucky" on it; that makes me smile. I will use it to carry all my new Primary stuff. Kinda fun to have something new.

- Today I helped Patch write a 100 word essay on the California Condor for a merit badge he is working on. Really (being only 100 words) it was only a paragraph. But I really had to walk him through it. Guess I can't expect a 6th grade graduate to be too professional of a writer.

- And tomorrow I will get up early and cook a few make-ahead meals for my freezer before the temperatures go sky high. And the kids wake up to drive me crazy :-).

Hope you are having a great day!

Scripture of the Day: Joshua 24:15

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We're Having a Heat Wave

Oh, it is so hot out today! It is making me sluggish. And the thought of cooking dinner is not good. In fact, instead of thinking about making dinner, I have compiled this list of things I would just rather not do when it is 110 degrees or hotter outside. Feel free to add your own ideas in a comment:

- Drive anywhere, especially if you don't have a/c. Or get stuck in a traffic jam.

- Wait. Like when you arrive a few minutes early to pick up your kids and you have to wait and end up in a puddle of sweat.

- Cook. Oven and stove should be off-limits! Pressure cookers are the worst.

- Use the dryer. Yikes! Maybe fluff is okay.

- Exercising, especially outside (except for swimming). Even at 5 am it will be 85+ degrees.

- Get the family ready for church. Or for family pictures. Not fun!

- Going to the drive-in movies or restaurant.

- Shopping at an outdoor mall. The alternating blasts of heat with cold air conditioning does a number on my skin.

- Yard work. Occasionally I will get up with the sun to pull a few weeds, but even then...

Scripture of the Day: Joshua 1:8

Monday, July 13, 2009

Member Missionary Moment #9

(What I wish it looked like here in the hot summer while I am out walking.)

This post is part of a year long series where each week I strive to complete and item from a list of 101 Ways to do Member Missionary Work. Feel free to join me in the work!

This week's accomplishment is from section 7, #3: "Invite a friend to participate in activities at the church."

This week I went out walking and was approached by a woman who was lost. She was also out exercising, but was new to the neighborhood and got a little turned around. I walked with her for about five minutes and got to know her a little bit. She and her family moved here six weeks ago from Chicago. She asked me what summer activities I do with my kids, so I suggested cub scouts for the boys and some other activities my girls do (where the teacher is LDS and additional missionary opportunities might come up). She does not live in my ward boundaries and she home schools her kids, so the likelihood I will run into her often is low. But I hope I do get the chance to meet her again--she was nice and it was fun to talk with someone while walking.

Scripture of the Day: Deut. 7:3-4

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Police Beat #46

Hope you are having a great weekend!

June 26: A domestic violence complaint was made at Wymount Terrace. Officers discovered the couple to be having a loud argument.

(Comment: Sounds like the honeymoon is over for those newlyweds!)

July 3: Officers responded to a suspicious person at the Bookstore upset about the deodorant selection. The person picked up a stick of deodorant, kicked it across the floor, then paid for the deodorant and left.

(Comment: Maybe this guy would have better success with his deodorant selection if he used it in his armpits rather than on his feet.)

June 29: Officers responded to an oven fire in Bowen Hall. Occupants had put out the fire before officers arrived.

(Comment: I know for sure that I would not think to call the cops if the oven caught on fire. Maybe the fire department... but when it happened to me I called my mom. Am I abnormal?)

July 1: A report was made of a group of people trespassing on the baseball field. Officers were not able to locate the group of people.

(Comment: They must have hid under the bases or behind the pitcher's mound.)

July 3: Two female students were found trespassing in the Smoot Courtroom at the J. Reuben Clark Building. The women were identified and asked to leave.

(Comment: Judge Judy was helping Judge Sonia Sotomayor prep for her upcoming Congressional hearings.)

Scripture of the Day: Leviticus 19:18

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Storied Scriptures

If you are wanting to help your children (or yourself) learn Old Testament stories this list by Penny Gardner is very helpful and would make a good family scripture study series. Sister Gardner has broken the Old Testament up into six parts and lists story names and references of where to read. There are a number of stories I myself and not very familiar with, so I may be using this soon. Gardner has also put together lists of stories and their references for the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. Enjoy!

Scripture of the Day: Exodus 33:11

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

4th of July Pics

Now that the new fridge is here and installed (YAY!), I am trying to catch up with normal life. Here are a few fun pics of things we did on the 4th of July.

Here are the kids right before we headed out to a neighborhood pancake breakfast. Patch is not looking too happy to be up at 6:45 am. But the girls look cute in their star headbands (thanks Mimi!).
Kitty looking ready to chow down.
Sweetie Peach right before getting her breakfast.

This is my good friend and manuscript editor Mary with her daughter Abby.
Lastly, Steve and I attended the wedding of his co-worker, Bob. There was a nice service and luncheon immediately following here in town.As you already know, the weekend went downhill after these pictures were taken. But things are back on the upswing now. I am practicing positive thinking and sending good vibes out into the universe.

Scripture of the Day: Exodus 20:3-17

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wendy Whiner

Yep, just a little whining fest today:

1. My fridge died on Sunday and I have been trying to keep fridge items cold with ice ever since. We bought a new fridge last evening and it will be delivered tomorrow.

2. My van is not working, but at least I have the car back now to drive (for the past six weeks we had loaned it to my MIL). Still, a van repair is in the near future.

3. The lawn mower has been on the fritz for several weeks now.

4. I just made some repairs to my laptop, but the router still needs to be replaced.

Odds are on Saturday (when the temp is supposed to hit 115 degrees here) that my air conditioning will die (it is 20 years old). Or maybe a water heater will flood. Or the roof will leak. Or we could get termites. I am all excited to see what it will be next {said with dripping cynicism}.

I feel like I have had my fair share. So my plea to the angels governing fix-it costs is to move on to the next victim. I am more than done!

Thanks for listening.

I feel much better.

Scripture of the Day: Genesis 39:9

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mexican Pork Chops and Rice

I am a native born Texan. And although I have not lived in Texas for more than a few months of my life I seem to have an affinity for Texan/Mexican food. This is a good no-fail recipe for Mexican rice and pork chops. Sometimes I even put it in the crock pot and let it cook during church.


Onions, raw, 1/3 cup, chopped
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 1/3 cup, diced
Zucchini, 1 cup, grated and squeezed of excess water
Canned Tomatoes, 1 can
Beans, Kidney beans dark red, 1 can
White Rice, medium grain, 1/2 cup
6 Boneless sirloin pork chops

Brown pork chops briefly in a frying pan. Combine all ingredients except pork chops in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Pour rice/bean mixture into a 9" x 13" baking dish (or crock pot). Place pork chops on top of rice/bean mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes (in crock pot on medium for four hours).

Makes 6 servings of beans/rice (at 1 WW point per serving); count one point per ounce of pork.

Scripture of the Day: Genesis 1:26-27

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Member Missionary Moment #8

This post is part of a year long series where each week I strive to complete and item from a list of 101 Ways to do Member Missionary Work. Feel free to join me in the work!

This week's accomplishment is from section8, Church Media: "Photocopy an article from the Ensign, New Era or the Friend and share it with someone you know who could use the message."

This past week we received a cute letter in the mail from a niece (age 4; her mom helped her write it). I had each of the kids write a note back and draw her some pictures. Then I photocopied a cute activity (maze) from a recent issue of the Friend magazine. We mailed it back that same day. This cute little niece does not get the chance to attend Primary except when visiting relatives, so I hope to send her little snippets from the Friend now and then.

Scripture of the Day: Abraham 3:22-23

Friday, July 3, 2009

Police Beat #45

Happy Friday
Fourth of July!

June 23: A BYU operator received a call from a juvenile from the Wilkinson Center courtesy phone stating there was a bomb. Police responded but could not find anyone. There were many EFY participants in the area. No bomb was found.

(Comment: I think about half the boys who go to EFY do something like that. You'd think the campus police would be onto them by now.)

June 16: Someone reported seeing a man in the stadium with a rifle. The police responded and found out it was a grounds employee sent to eliminate pigeons with a pellet gun. Officers stopped him. The man was not able to shoot any pigeons.

(Comment: A lucky day for the pigeons! Maybe tonight's fireworks will get them, though!)

June 20: A stray cat fell into a mechanical well and couldn’t get out. Officers responded and rescued the cat.

(Comment: Three lives down, six lives to go.)

June 18: A 10-year-old girl was found wandering in the WSC crying. She had wandered away from a sports camp and was returned.

(Comment: This happened to me, only at Circus Circus. Yeah, my parents liked Vegas. Do you have a problem with that?)

June 23: A juvenile attending a sports camp on campus was caught stealing headphones from the Bookstore. The juvenile was arrested and released to parents.

(Comment: More sins are caused by that evil rock and roll music than should be!)

June 25: Graffiti was found at the bus stop next to the law library. The phrase “There are angels among us” was written in black permanent marker.

(Comment: They should be more grateful for celestial-themed graffiti. At ASU they write, "There are devils among us." [sun devils are the mascot there])

Scripture of the Day: Moses 7:18

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Nephite Temple

Ok blog buddies. I am finally posting my picture of Nephi's temple, which I drew a few weeks back. What do you think? It is based on a ruin of a temple in Tulum (Central America), seen in the following photo--just a different angle.

I am not sure I like it well enough to use. Nephi writes that he based his temple on the architecture of Solomon's temple, so I am not sure this is close enough. But this was one of the least pyramid-y type ruins I could find to use as a source of inspiration. (**Be sure to read David G. Woolley's comment about Nephi and Solomon's temple--very good info!**)

Other personal critiques I have of it: 1. Should have done palm trees instead of leafy trees and 2. It needs greater contrast.

Maybe I will make one more go of it...

Scripture of the Day: Moses 1:39

New Month, New Theme

I love the scripture mastery scriptures from Seminary! They are definitely some of the best verses out there! For the next few months I will be using the scripture mastery verses for my scriptures of the day. This month I am starting with the Old Testament. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Stem-Cell Treatment Offers Hope to Colorado Boys

This article about my nephew Harrison and his friend Dominic appears in today's Denver Post. I thought you might enjoy a little update. They leave on their trip in 3 weeks.

Dominic King didn't have much to say.

Worn out from horseback riding, the 10-year-old sat quietly on a recent summer afternoon, smiling, amused by his best friend, Harrison Spiers.

Harrison, for his part, was hosting a one-man yak-fest, and his topic was one any 10-year-old boy, or former 10-year-old boy, should relate to: baseball.

Neither boy, though, volunteered comment about what will surely be the most memorable event of their activity-packed summer: the trip to Germany they're about to take. Asked about it, the boys shrug it off. No big deal. We've flown in airplanes before.

No big deal, except that this trip isn't about a relaxing summer getaway to the land of bratwurst and the Brandenburg Gate.

This is a trip about hope.

Dominic and Harrison, friends, classmates since preschool, have cerebral palsy.

And after years of watching physical therapy and speech therapy, of watching their sons — who are as smart as anybody else's 10-year-olds — struggle inside their own bodies, the boys' parents have found, maybe, real promise.

That promise is a stem-cell treatment, one that isn't available in the United States. So both boys and their families will head to the XCell Center in Köln, Germany, late in July.

There, technicians will collect stem cells from the boys' bone marrow. According to the clinic, the marrow is then checked for quality and quantity of stem cells. Then, several days later, the cells are re-injected, through the spine.

"It's not invasive, but they will have to be under anesthesia because you don't want them to move around," said Dominic's mom, Christina King.

According to XCell's website, "these re-injected stem cells have the potential to transform into multiple types of cells and are capable of regenerating damaged tissue."

XCell statistics indicate that 70 percent of patients who undergo the treatment for cerebral palsy experience some improvement, including decreased spasticity, better coordination and motor function, improved stability or better speech.

Voicing tentative hope

Cerebral palsy is a group of chronic conditions that affect body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, usually during fetal development or during or shortly after birth.

The March of Dimes estimates it occurs in two or three of every 1,000 births.

For many of the 800,000 people in the United States who have it, the disorder causes difficulty controlling movement and speech. Some with the condition experience spasticity.

For Dominic and Harrison, the condition has meant life in wheelchairs. It means that Dominic often communicates via a computer and that Harrison doesn't get to play football and baseball.

Neither boy's intellect is impaired. As Harrison's mother, Alicia Spiers, puts it, he understands everything he's missing.

"But he has a really good attitude. He doesn't get down too often," she said.

The boys' mothers can't let themselves voice their hopes for the treatment.

Dominic and Harrison, with their 10-year-old trust, have no such hesitation.

"He's hoping his speech becomes clearer," Christina King said of Dominic.

And improved motor skills would be nice, she said. "He drives his wheelchair and uses his computer with his head. He's hoping he can touch the computer screen."

Harrison wants nothing less than to play football.

"His wish from Santa last Christmas was new stem cells," Alicia Spiers said.

The boys, who just completed fourth grade at Cottonwood Creek Elementary in the Cherry Creek School District, spend most of their days in regular classrooms — aides help them eat, move around school and get their books out of their backpacks.

They go to birthday parties and have buddies they eat with, their moms said.

But the relationship between the boys is special.

"He has lots of friends," Harrison's mom said of her son. "But Dominic gets him."

A community united

The treatment isn't approved in the United States, and it definitely isn't covered by insurance. So the families and their friends and relatives have been pitching in, hoping to raise $12,000 apiece for the treatments.

On June 14, a hair salon offered "Haircuts for Hope," which raised about $1,600. Before that, runners and walkers tromped around the boys' elementary school and raised hundreds.

"And some little girls at swim team made bracelets they sold for $1 each and are giving the money to us," King said.

One of the girls' moms told King she was learning a lot during the fundraising process, about cerebral palsy, about stem-cell treatment.

Both moms said they've learned a lot too — about their neighbors.

"We're not alone," King said. "This community is just wonderful."