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 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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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rite of Passage

We now have a new driver in the family!  It's hard to believe Shayla is old enough to be driving, but she passed her driver's test yesterday.  My thanks to Shayne for all of his patience and work with her over the past months. (Picture:  Her final practice with Shayne pretending to be a "cone".  She told me I wasn't brave enough to stand out there and do that.  Lol!)  May her special guardian angel watch over and protect her - and all - as they travel.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Shayla's 16th Birthday!

Shayla turns 16 this week. She asked us if we would please rent a space and hire a DJ so she could have a second annual "Lemon Ball" to let everyone get another use out of their homecoming outfits, and to raise money for pediatric cancer research instead of receiving birthday gifts. Therefore, she will be distributing invitations this week. Unfortunately, she had to trim her list. Due to the fire code at the Ritz theater, she won't be able to invite everyone she would like to invite. Shayla wants to raise $1600 for her 16th birthday! If you are able and would like to donate, please use this link:

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Happy New Year, 2015!

Happy New Year!  It's hard to believe it's 2015 and Christi would be 17-years-old now and home from college for her Freshman holiday break.  Not a day goes by when we don't think of her and miss her dearly.  

We've been blessed with a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Shayla keeps us busy with her many friends and activities!  I did not get around to sending out Christmas cards this year so I apologize if I usually send you one and I did not this year.  

I am going to share some pictures from our amazing Thanksgiving trip to Dallas (with Dez Bryant #88 and Shaya with Cole Beasley #11) as well as photos from: Christmas Eve, Zoo Lights, a Show Choir performance, New Year's Day with Shayla's horse, and the "Dial-a-Santa" Shayla volunteered at in Mansfield, pretending to be "Sparkle the Elf" and talking with the children who called in.  

Here's wish you and yours a wonderful 2015 and may this year be the one where a cure for cancer is found!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Shayla meets the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders & Will be in Today's Halftime Show!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I'll write more later, but you may remember that crazy woman - Hope Jackson - who had pirated Christi's website and scammed about 25 famous people / groups.  There was an ABC Nightline about it in November of 2013.  Well, one of the groups she scammed was the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  As a result, we had the incredible opportunity of meeting them and watching their rehearsal on Tuesday evening.  Their directors Kelli & Judi are shown with the amazing jersey's from the Cowboys which were presented to us.  (Note the "12" for Christi's birthday)  Kelli asked Shayla to be in the halftime performance as part of the "mosh-pit" so she had practice with them for about 5 hours yesterday.

If you watch the halftime show late this afternoon and want to try to see Shayla, she will be wearing her new "12" Cowboys Jersey with "Thomas" on the back.  If you are looking at the stage, she is on the left-hand side, and right about where the stage and the start of the runway come together, kind of like in that corner.  She's about 2-3 girls back from the stage and she'll be waving an orange scarf.  She will be to Pillbull and Neo's right hand side and much of the time the artists are standing right above her.  Her biggest excitement yesterday was getting to shake Pitbull's hand.  She said his dancers are soooo nice!  This has been an unbelievable opportunity and we have strongly felt Christi's presence here in Dallas, so cool!  

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Heidelberg Lemonade Stand Raised $1,135 for ALSF!

Wow!  We could not be more pleased, shocked or excited to report that this year's Christi & Alex's Annual Lemonade Stand at Heidelberg University raised $1,135!  We thank all of the kind and generous donors and know that the online donations were instrumental in this great success.  Thanks to all who gave, organized and volunteered for this wonderful event!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christi's Annual Lemonade Stand - Tuesday at Heidelberg University. Please join us!

In 2004, with an invitation from Dr. Lori Arnold Gine, Christi held her first lemonade stand at Heidelberg University. Since Christi's death, Shayla has continued this work. On Tuesday, she will make a presentation about childhood cancer at the university and then she will be outside of the Education Department, where she has again partnered with the Ed. Department, Dr. Julie Green, Amanda Barger and KDP students to hold the annual stand. Shayla will be there from 11-1pm. Please stop by, chat with Shayla and make a donation. Every little bit helps! If you are unable to drop by in person, please donate through this link.

Many, many thanks!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Christi Remembered (5/12/97 - 9/19/06)

Eight years ago today, our cherished and beloved daughter, died of neuroblastoma. Christi was 9 years old on the 19th day of the 9th month of the year. It was 9:00am when she took her last breath. I thank God Shayne and I were both awake and with her when she left us. Shayne sat beside her and held her left hand; I sat on her bed and with my hands on her left thigh. Each time we thought she took her final breath and was gone, she would let out one more. That amazing girl actually had us giggling as she died, which was so typical of how it was in the fullness of her life. Through my tears, I told her she didn't have to be a superstar, she could just relax and go. I don't think she really cared that she was dying; she was in unbearable pain and just wanted to feel better. Not a day goes by when we don't think of Christi and long to have her back. I'm sometimes haunted by some of her last words, "I hurt all over" and Shayla's, "I don't want to be an only child! I love Christi!" I know it bothers Shayne that he had to give her painful shots, often every day for weeks, and that whole process - especially with a little girl fearful of needles - was horrific! He hated yet, yet all most childhood cancer parents have to do these horribly inhumane procedures and it is the most unnatural thing in the world.

It has been said during Christi's four year continuous battle with cancer, where she was always in treatment and never made it to remission, that I only posted her "cute and spunky" pictures on her website ( and that I rarely showed the true and ugly side of childhood cancer. I must admit that is probably true and I did hide a lot, not wanting others to see her when she wasn't "pretty". Well, in honor of Childhood Cancer month, and as I'm a bit "salty" over her death, I'm doing some of that today too! I'm sharing what childhood cancer looks like and I'm also not too happy that in the eight years since her death and in the 12 years since her diagnosis, the statistics of living for just five years after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage IV is only 20%. These poor kids only have a twenty-percent chance of making it through the next five years! Christi made it for four! Why has this not improved in 12 years?! Why are CHILDHOOD cancers not a priority?! Childhood cancers are not the result of poor lifestyle choices. These children and teens have done nothing wrong!

If you want to help children fight cancer, please don't donate to a "general" cancer organization, but to one designated especially for children and one for childhood cancer research - like Alex's Lemonade Stand. Shayla has partnered with Heidelberg University again this year and together they are holding their annual "Christi & Alex's Lemonade Stand" on campus on September 30th. If you can't attend in person, we invite you to use the link below to make a donation. As Shayla will tell you, even donating a small amount helps. It all adds up! Together we can help fund a cure. Thanks for your consideration!