Monday, November 2, 2009

Clear Scans!

Beau just had his first visit with Dr. Benjamin (his oncologist at M.D. Anderson) last week. He had blood work, a chest x-ray and a CT scan and everything came back clear!! For the next two years, Beau will have to go to M.D. Anderson every four months for scans and appointments. Right now, he's looking forward to racing a few more races this year and hopefully finding a full time racing position for the 2010 season. He and Jessica will be getting married on January 16th and then plan to move to the Charlotte, NC area to be closer to the racing scene!

Thanks for all of your continued prayers and support for Beau!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back in the race car this Friday night!!!

Beau Slocumb to Make ARCA RE/MAX Series Debut at Chicagoland Speedway

The 24-Year-Old Will Pilot the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota for Win-Tron Racing

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (August 26, 2009) – Turner Motorsports, LLC is pleased to announce that Beau Slocumb will be making his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, piloting the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota Camry. Turner Motorsports and Win-Tron Racing, owned by Steve Turner and Kevin Cywinski respectively, have teamed together for Friday evening’s race, which will allow Slocumb to compete for the established Win-Tron Racing team. Slocumb, a native of Macon, Georgia, has raced in numerous Legends Pro Division and ASA Late Model Races, collecting over 129 feature wins. In addition, the Ansell Cut Protection 150 will be Slocumb’s first race at a one-and-a-half mile track. “I’m very excited and appreciative of the opportunity that Steve (Turner) and Kevin (Cywinski) have given me,” said Slocumb. “To make my first ARCA RE/MAX Series start for two gentlemen who have a winning history is awesome. I went to the shop in Minnesota earlier this week to hang out with the guys and make sure the seat fit, so we are going to have a lot of fun. Hopefully we will leave Chicago with a solid finish and maybe make a trip to Victory Lane.” Slocumb’s path to this weekend’s race isn’t the standard story. It all started a few weeks before the 2009 season-opening ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona International Speedway, when Slocumb coughed up blood, leading doctors to perform a chest x-ray. The results showed a tumor on Slocumb’s lung, which was a rare-form of soft tissue sarcoma, also known as Synovial Sarcoma. This cancerous disease caused Slocumb to put his racing career on hold and travel to Texas for health treatments. Today, Slocumb is in remission and ready to return to the center stage. Turner and Cywinski are pleased to make this dream a reality. “My family and I have been through a lot so far this year, but we are ready to start an exciting new chapter,” continued Slocumb. “Racing has always been something that I have loved and enjoyed to do, and going through the cancer process showed me that life is not to be taken for granted. I’ve been blessed to be in remission, but there are a lot of others out there still fighting this disease. Hopefully my racing career will bring awareness.” In the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Win-Tron Racing has posted two wins and numerous top-10 finishes. Driver James Buescher took the No. 32 Toyota to Victory Lane both times, at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in February and at Kentucky Speedway in May. “I have been able to collect a lot of victories in my career,” Slocumb said. “But to add an ARCA RE/MAX Series win would be a very proud accomplishment. The No. 32 Toyota has proven that it can go to Victory Lane and compete up front every week. Friday’s race is going to be a learning experience since I haven’t raced at a mile-and-a-half track before, but I’m up for the challenge. I will be surrounded with good people and it is going to be a fun ride.”

-TMS- Media Contact: Samantha Jones
Director of CommunicationsTurner Motorsports, LLC
James Buescher Racing, LLC

Friday, August 14, 2009

More pics from the Jam...

Walter Mallard took some awesome pictures at the Bolingbroke Southern Jam and was kind enough to let me use them on Beau's blog...

We can't thank everyone enough for making this such an incredible event...everyone that put the event on and everyone that came out to support the cause!  Our family is forever grateful to David Prim, Henry Davis, Tommy Campbell, Kenny Greene and Dre Faulkner for all they have done...

video

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More pictures & video to come...

Some more great pictures from Saturday night courtesy of Gregg Goodwin...









Molly Stevens
September Hase

Nick Malloy


Handing out door prizes...Mrs. Georgia, Henry Davis and Beau



Henry, Beau and Mrs. Georgia

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thank You!

If you weren't in Bolingbroke on Saturday night you missed out on a huge party!! What a great night! There is no way to properly thank David Prim, Henry Davis, Dre Faulkner, Tommy Campbell and Kenny Greene (and countless others) for what they have done for our family through this awesome event. I will be posting pictures and video as soon as I can get it all organized but in the meantime...how 'bout this shot??!!




Friday, July 17, 2009

Bolingbroke Southern Jam - July 25th!!

Hey everybody! The Bolingbroke Southern Jam is only a week away! I hope everyone can make it out for a great evening of music...and also to help welcome Beau home! Please get your tickets as soon as possible. If you are going to buy them through eBay, you only have until Tuesday July 21. Click here to buy on eBay....

There are many other places to pick up tickets around town:

All Atlantic Southern Bank Locations
All Monroe County Bank Locations
Security Bank - Zebulon Rd.
Macon Frames - Vineville Ave.
Utopia Salon - Forsyth Rd.
Save the Date - Forsyth Rd.
Head Over Heels - Forsyth Rd.
Midstate Pools and Spas - Tom Hill Sr. Blvd.
Campbell Collision Center - HWY 41 in Bolingbroke
Chuck Thompson's State Farm - Forsyth Rd.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate on July 25th
(Children 12 & under are FREE)
Starts at 4:00 and goes until Midnight!!

Bands that will be playing:
Wes Heath
Ashutto Mirra
Molly Stevens
A 2 Z Band
September Haze
Big Mike and the Booty Papas
Shane Bridges Band
Acoustic Workshop

Chicken plates, burgers, hotdogs and drinks for sale! Coolers welcome! Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs!!

Hope to see everyone there!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Welcome Home Beau!

Follow this link to see the news story and video on Beau that was on 13WMAZ...

http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local_story.aspx?storyid=66537

What a night! Thanks so much to everyone that helped out with the Welcome Home Celebration last night. We had a great turn out and Beau was so glad to see everyone! Thank you Chuck Thompson for helping to plan everything. You've been such a good friend to Beau and our family...you'll never know how much we appreciate you. Thanks to Ed Clark for the kind words you said about Beau and our family. You've been a big part of Beau's racing career since the very beginning and he's blessed to call you a friend. Thanks Joey Hancock for using your unique humor and a great message to remind us that God is in control. Thanks to Dawn Thompson, Toni Slade, Pam Glore, Caroline Harvey, Tom Rule, Dan Wallace, Matt McDonald and David Garrett for providing the music. I've always believed our church has the best worship team and y'all proved it last night! Thanks David Wall and Joanna Hardy and all of the Tech Team for setting up the program and making everything run smoothly! Most people have no idea what goes into putting on a program like that (I know I didn't) and we really appreciate all of your hard work. Thanks also to Kevin Mills and Jack Gregory for representing our church family and for the kind words about Beau. And finally, thank you to everyone who showed up last night to officially welcome Beau home. He said it twice while he was up on stage.."It is SO good to be back in Georgia" and we're so glad to have him back!
I know a lot of people weren't able to make it last night so here are some pictures from the Celebration. It was also recorded so hopefully I will be able to get some copies of it if anyone would like to see it! Also, I will be posting the slideshows from the night when I can figure out how to do that :)
Thanks again for supporting Beau through all of this and for continuing to pray for him in the days ahead!


Beau thanking everyone...

All Beau's friends :)

More friends...

Ashley and Shannon

Greeting Beau

Beau and Allison Parker...his biggest fan :)

Beau and his buddy Crawford Edwards

So sweet...

Beau and Mr. Parker

Beau and Dr. Bob (Lane)

Mrs. Joy..kept us all in the nursery when we were little

Coach Mac!

Coach Mac

Beau looking at the hood that Max Gresham had autographed for him...thanks Max!

Beau and Ed Clark

Jessica, Beau, Jody and Danielle

Marlou, Beau and Charles

Beau and Levon Kitchens

Beau and Joey Hancock with the keychain from the story...

Beau being interviewed for the news...13WMAZ

The Gresham family:
Tony, Frances, Charlie, Beau, Jim, Max and Gail

Max and Beau

Joey Clanton and Beau

Jessie and Beau

Chuck Thompson and Beau

Beau, baby Julia, Charles and Carla

Beau with his Dale picture from Melvin

Mom and Beau


Beau and Maggie

Sunday, June 28, 2009

July 8th Welcome Home Party

UPDATE:  
There has been a change of plans with the food and we will no longer be providing Chic-fil-a for everyone.  This is an open invitation event and it had to be planned on somewhat short notice since we weren't really sure when Beau would be coming home.  There is no way of really knowing how many people we will have and it's too hard to plan food around an unknown like that.  I'm sorry for the confusion...please come out and welcome Beau home on July 8th!  He would love to see you all!!

Here are some more details on the Welcome Home party set for July 8th:

Where:  Northway Church (5915 Zebulon Rd. - Across from Chic-fil-a)
When: Wednesday July 8th - 6:30 pm
Free to everyone..no tickets necessary...

There will be a short "program" of sorts with some singing and videos and some people will be talking about Beau, etc.  Hang out for a while after it's over and visit with Beau!

Thanks for traveling this road with us!  We're almost home!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Done!

It's official...Beau met with the doctor today and he is done with chemo!  He has to have some scans done next week and then meet with Dr. Benjamin on Thursday, July 2nd.  As soon as his appointment is over, they will be driving home to Georgia!  We are so ready for them to come home!!!  We are also so thankful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at M.D. Anderson that have taken such good care of Beau while he's been out there...especially during the pneumonia/E.coli ordeal.  Thanks to Sam and Dave Mosley for giving Beau, mom and Jessica a place to stay while they were in Houston.  But most importantly, thanks to all of you who have prayed constantly for Beau and our family during this difficult time.  You will never know how much that has meant to us and to Beau!

Please plan to join us on July 8th and July 25th as we welcome Beau home:
July 8th - Northway Church (Across from Chic-fil-a on Zebulon Rd.)
                - Details to come

July 25th - David Prim's in Bolingbroke 
          -  Eight different bands playing 4:00 pm to midnight
                  - $20 advance tickets/children 12 & under free
                  - Go to Buckhorn Farms for more info.



Friday, June 19, 2009

Done with the sixth round...

Beau is done with what might be his last round of chemo!!!! He is going back to Sam's house today. Mom said all of his blood counts are great and he didn't get sick at all this time. He had a little trouble sleeping one night but never threw up or anything. Beau will have to be in Houston for about 2 1/2 more weeks. He has to get all of his scans done again and meet with Dr. Benjamin but we are expecting him to be headed home on July 2nd. I say we "hope" this is his last round because Dr. Benjamin had mentioned possibly giving Beau another round of Doxorubicin after this last round but he said he was leaning towards Beau being done. They will make a final decision on that sometime next week.  I will let everyone know as soon as possible when they decide if Beau is through with chemo...

I can't believe he might finally be done and I can't thank all of you enough for the prayers, thoughts, cards and gifts that were sent Beau's way. Beau has been in Texas since February 23rd! We are so ready for him to come home. Right now, we are planning to have two different parties for Beau. One will be a "welcome home" party that is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th. This depends on Beau coming home on time so we will have to play it by ear. The other party is actually the "Bolingbroke Southern Jam - Benefiting Beau Slocumb" on July 25th. This is going to be an awesome night of concerts and fellowship to celebrate Beau and what he means to all of us. It will be held in David Prim's front pasture on Pea Ridge Rd. right off of HWY 41. I will provide more details about this concert later this weekend.

Please keep remembering Beau in your prayers and plan to join us on both of these nights as we welcome Beau home!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

We miss you!!!

This post is going to be especially for Beau...

We just got home from our yearly beach trip to Pawleys Island, SC.  We missed you, Mom and Dad so much!!!  We can't wait until next year when we will all be there again...unless you're too busy racing to go, which would be really nice :) 
Beau, we can't WAIT until you come home to us!!!  Now that it's getting close, I think we are all starting to go a little crazy waiting for the day to get here!  Know that we love you so much and we are all thinking about you and praying for you constantly...if you need a reminder, check out the pics below :)

All of us with our Beau tattoos

Jimmy was so proud...all I have to say is Wow

This was much harder than it looks...don't try it at home.

Daniel, George, Seth, John & Thomas (who is allergic to the tattoo ink but insisted on getting one anyway)

Jan, Maggie, & Ashley

 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sixth Round....

Beau met with Dr. Benjamin today and they decided to start his 6th round on Sunday night/Monday morning.  They will only be giving him the ifosfamide part of one of his normal rounds.  He will not be getting the doxorubicin part...they may decide to give him the doxorubicin if he does really well on the ifosfamide, but they probably won't.  Beau is doing really well now and we are so glad he came out of that bout of pneumonia and E.coli as well as he did!!!  Please pray for Beau to come through this round well and for nothing to keep him from coming home on time!


Monday, June 8, 2009

Thanks Max Gresham!

This past weekend, Beau's buddy Max Gresham raced in the ASA Southeast Asphalt Tour race in Cordele, GA. He had the idea to dedicate his hood to Beau...and they made an announcement for everyone to come down and sign the hood during the autograph session. Buster said every person in the stands came down to sign it and it took an hour to get it done. The Gresham's will be giving this hood to Beau when he gets home. Thanks, Max, for thinking of and praying for Beau and for being a great friend!


Max Gresham







Buster with one of Beau's fans...