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Some of you may have seen that beautiful picture of sweet Austin in the Plain Dealer last week.  It was just a short blurb in Tuesday’s Health section announcing him as one of St. Baldrick’s 2012 Ambassador Kids and can be seen here.

The funny thing is that we were away on vacation and had no idea it was being printed until I started getting random emails from people telling me they loved seeing Austin in the paper. I assumed it was about St. Baldrick’s since they’d sent press releases out to all our local news affiliates but wasn’t certain until I searched cleveland.com on my phone and found it.

The funniest thing was an email my dad received that afternoon from an old colleague saying that he’d just read about a little boy with Wilms tumor in the paper and it reminded him “of your grandson. How is he doing, by the way?” To which my dad replied, “That WAS my grandson!” And, of course, . . . “He’s doing great.”

Not bad at all.

We just completed what was undoubtedly the best year of Austin’s life. The only year of his life, so far, without hospital stays (those few overnight hours in the ER in Junein the ER were nothing). The only year of his life, so far, without surgery. The only year of his life, so far, without any significant health problems: no diagnoses, no recurrences, no major medical drama.

And the first year of his life, so far, in which he was nothing but a normal little boy . . .

Just a regular kid …

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Dancing (I think that’s what they’re doing) …

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Riding…

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Shaving …

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Celebrating …

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Skiing …

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Rescuing …

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Snuggling …

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Hunting …

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Learning …

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Snoozing …

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Fielding …

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Beaming …

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Hiking …

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Avoiding …

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Crashing …

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Big wheeling …

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Hot tubbing …

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Boating …

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Monkeying …

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Field tripping …

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Blasting off …

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Dressing up

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Living it up …

To many, many more ….

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