Sunday, June 28, 2009

July 8th Welcome Home Party

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 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


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...

Friday, June 5, 2009

Home! (still in Houston)

Beau got to go home from the hospital this afternoon!  He was so glad to leave the hospital but is still getting IV antibiotics at home for a little while.  He has a meeting with his doctor on Thursday for a checkup and a chest x-ray to see about the pneumonia.  This whole ordeal is going to push his last round of chemo back by a couple of weeks.  We're thinking it might be a lighter dose this time but still waiting to hear what Dr. Benjamin will recommend.  Thanks for continuing to keep Beau in your prayers...

I would also like to ask all of you to please keep Summer Neel and her family in your prayers as well.  They are long-time friends of our family and Summer is battling cancer again (and recovering from a stroke).  Go to her Caring Bridge page here to read about her situation and please keep this precious family in your prayers along with Beau!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Still in the hospital...still doing better

Beau is still in the hospital but he is now on the Sarcoma floor where he normally gets his chemo treatments. He is doing much better than last week and he has been up and walking around some. The doctor told him he needs to do that to help get his lungs working and get rid of the pneumonia. I'm still not sure what they are going to do about the last round of chemo or when they will be able to start it. Beau will have another meeting with Dr. Benjamin on Monday and I think they will decide then. He will probably be in the hospital through the weekend. I believe they are lowering the number of antibiotics that Beau is on for the E.Coli, so that is a good sign. Please continue to pray for Beau to be healed from the blood infection and the pneumonia. He is so ready to get out of that hospital!

On another note, I am going to direct you all to my cousin, Jimmy Ewing's blog. He wrote a hilarious post about Beau today called "He Never Needed a Helmet" and all of you who follow this blog need to read might learn some things about Beau that you never knew before!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Out of ICU

There isn't much to report today which I think is a good thing!  Beau still feels pretty much the same as he did yesterday (MUCH better than Saturday) and they have moved him out of the ICU into a regular room.  I'm not sure how much longer he will be at the hospital but I know they wanted the pneumonia totally under control before he could leave.  Jessica said all of his vitals and levels are so much better so it should just be a matter of time before he is able to fight it all off.  Thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers headed Beau's way.  It truly make a difference....

Since I didn't have much news to give, here are some long overdue pics....

Beau and his buddy, Jerry Honeycutt at the Texas race

Jessica, Beau, Buster and Jeanne at Pappadeaux

Beau and Sam (they are staying in her house while in Houston)
Beau and Jessie

Mom, Shu (Dr. Benjamin's nurse practitioner that they love), Beau and Dad
Jessica's parents, Jerry and Mona with Beau and Jessica at the beach in Galveston

Beau working on his swing on a good day