Friday, June 26, 2009

"Nate's MRI came back today with 3 spots on the brain that had not been there before. Dr. Bowers is not saying that it is cancer, just that it was looked at for a long time by many well qualified people, and no one honestly knows what it is. The spinal tap shows no sign of cancer, which is great, but leaves a mystery. He overnighted the images to St Judes in Memphis and a team of neuroradiologists will try and figure out what the three small spots are hopefully by this Monday or Tuesday. Of course this is not what we wanted to hear, but we know that God is good and is with Nate. Please pray that whatever it is will not harm him and that Nate's brain is protected from all abnormalities. We thank you all for the prayers and please keep spreading the word, Nate needs your prayers as much now as ever. God bless you all. --Wes"

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nate has an important MRI tomorrow morning to check and see if the chemo has kept the cancer away. This is big not only for us but also for research. Please pray, we know that this could help many other children in the future.

Friday, June 19, 2009

From Jackie - "Nate is having a great week, he is getting very strong. He had a transfusion on Tuesday and his counts are very low, so we are just trying to continue to stay fever free and avoid a hospital stay this month. He has another MRI on the 26th and after this he will begin the maintenance phase of his treatment. We are very excited about moving forward.

We wanted to thank everyone who took part in the event on Saturday. Nate had a great time and once again we were blown away by all his supporters. Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the day with us, and for all the prayers and preparation that went into the planning.

Let's all continue to pray and lift up the doctors, nurses, families and children with cancer."

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Giving Back - A Benefit for Nate

Just a quick reminder... the event will be THIS SATURDAY!!!!!!! :)

"Giving Back" is a charity event honoring the supportive community that has helped the Oxford Family, through prayers and support, deal with their battle of childhood cancer. This special event will take place on June 13th from 11-4 at Pullen Elementary in Rockwall, Texas (Horizon Rd & FM 549). This is a family event for all ages. Everyone is welcome!

We will be having pony rides, bounce houses, fishing demo, vintage car show, a liberty bell replica that people can ring, live music, bungee bouncers, photo booth, door prizes, chalk artist, chili cookoff, circus clowns, golf training for kids, games, and a blood drive, just to name a few. Most of the activities/games are FREE. (There will be a nominal fee for some food items.) We will also be having a silent auction, a live "celebrity auction," and a really unique raffle called "Golf Balls from Heaven."

The raffle tickets for "Golf Balls from Heaven" will be numbered and will match up with numbered golf balls. Those golf balls will be dropped from a helicopter at the event (into an unoccupied field, of course) where there will be golf holes. Numbered balls in the hole or closest to the hole will win the prize. Prizes will include: $1000 television, His/Hers watches, $500 gas card, $300 Wal-Mart gift card, and a round of golf for 4 at Buffalo Creek Golf Course. Raffle tickets are just $10 each and available at the event. The Golf Ball Drop will start at 3:00 PM.

All of the money and donations raised that day from the raffle, auctions, donations, etc. will be used to cover the Oxford family's expenses during this trying time and also a donation will be made to Nates' doctor for research of childhood cancer.

Please mark your calendar and plan on attending this wonderful event for the whole family! A free shuttle will be available from the Baylor building across the street, if needed.

There will also be a blood drive at the event. There were 57 donations of blood on May 2nd, we would love to top that on June 13th. Please contact Rhonda Mishler at - 214-500-3093. We will have a limited number of slots open that day for walk ups too.

If you would like to get involved, please contact the following people:

Blood Drive registration: Rhonda Mishler -- - 214-500-3093
Volunteers: Justin Hall --
Silent Auction donations: Wendy Rathje --
(We are collecting baskets of merchandise, crafts, gift cards, etc. If you own a business or would like to put together something, we would love to have it. ABF's, groups, etc can get together and put together baskets from the whole group too. It's not to late if you'd still like to donate an item. Just contact Wendy asap.)
Sponsorship & Monetary Donations, Event Coordinator: Lana Carlisle --

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jackie provided this update and prayer requests for Nate and others they have come to know. Please remember them all as we continue our prayers.

"Nate seems to be doing very well. He is still eating and keeping his weight up this round. We went in yesterday and he has another infection, but I think we caught it before it caused fever. He also got a transfusion today and his blood counts are very low. All that being said Nate is feeling good and still playing with his brothers. Thank you for your continued prayers.

Prayer Requests:
-Nate's friend Ryan (2 years old) just relapsed and had a tumor removed today and will begin chemo again soon.
-Dakota's family
-Zach (12 year old boy) going through chemo for the third time"