Seven months ago we got the terrible news that 10 year old Nicholas had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Dave (Nick's dad) is a good friend and neighbor and long-time member of our mo7s cycling family.
Well, I am THRILLED TO REPORT that Nick came home for good yesterday having completed surgery, radiation therapy, and four rounds of chemo.
In true Lyndenwood fashion he was greeted by MUCH fanfare - a parade down Kaiser drive which included a firetruck, a 15' Nick-A-Palooza banner, two marching bands (middle schoolers and high schoolers), a handful of tricked-out lawn tractors/ATVs/cars, unicycles, baton twirlers, and about 150 friends and well-wishers on foot - and ended with a nice welcome back ceremony, a kids dream-feast of all you can eat hot dogs, cookies, candy, and lemonade, followed by hours of games, laughter, and quality time with friends.
Oh, and the adults had a good time as well.
This neighborhood has thrown quite a few block parties over the last decade, but the unanimous feedback from the kids (probably 75 of them) was that this was the best Lyndenwood blockparty ever and we should not be surprised because it was fueled by love and admiration for a spirited and inspiring 10 year old friend and neighbor who is HOME FOR GOOD and looking forward to a summer full of family, friends, fun and the freedom to FOCUS ON BEING A 10 YEAR OLD AGAIN!