Blog Archive 09/2011

Fight For Owen Bowling Night

September 27, 2011 by Victoria Strong

If you've been reading this blog for long, then you already know about our love for the amazing Shuler family and their beautiful baby boy, Owen. Owen Vincent Shuler was born March 7, 2008. Just like Gwendolyn he was diagnosed with SMA Type 1. And just like our family the Shulers immediately...

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Miss G’s 4th Birthday Photos

September 25, 2011 by Victoria Strong
This week we took Gwendolyn's 4th birthday photos with the incredible Jennifer Foster from Z's the Day Photography. Yep, in just a little over a week our baby will be a big four-year-old -- and she knows it. Miss G has been so proud of herself lately. She loves helping plan her party. She lights up...
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Gwendolyn Becomes Honorary Vaquero | Game This Saturday

September 23, 2011 by Victoria Strong

What a positive night. Yesterday evening Gwendolyn became an "Honorary Vaquero Captain" at Santa Barbara City College's football practice. The big game and her "official" Vaquero Captain duties will be this Saturday at 5:45 pm, but the coaches, team and cheer squad wanted to meet her ahead of time...

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Morongo Casino Donates $20,000 to the GSF

September 22, 2011 by Bill Strong

We are humbled and honored to have been selected as one of only three charities to benefit from the 15th Annual Morongo Charity Golf Tournament put on by the Morongo Casino, Resort, and Spa in Cabazon, California. And we are simply speechless by their incredible generosity. Morongo donated $20,000...

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Health Net Health Insurance Premium Increase: 18% this year, 136%

September 20, 2011 by Bill Strong
Health Net -- our health insurance provider -- is at it again this year raising our health insurance premiums at ridiculous rates. This year it was a clean 18%. Yup, 18%. That number is crazy on its own, but what % do you think Health Net has raised our health insurance premiums over the last 4...
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Team GSF SB Marathon: Help Us Reach Our $26,200 Team Fundraising

September 19, 2011 by Bill Strong

Thirty Team GSF runners are challenging and pushing themselves for the SMA cause in the Santa Barbara International Marathon on November 12, 2011. 30 competitors! And on top of the immense personal physical commitment they've made, they have collectively set a team fundraising goal of...

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First Day of Preschool! Miss G is a Big Pre-K Girl!

September 16, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Yep, you read that correctly. Miss G had her first day of preschool yesterday and it was AMAZING! Absolutely positively a very, very "Good Thing for Gwendolyn!"

The second we asked Gwendolyn if she would like to start going to school again, her little fingers tapped so fast and her eyes rolled up...

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SBCC Supports GSF and Makes Gwendolyn Honorary Vaquero Captain

September 15, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Are you ready for some football? Come on out Saturday, September 24th at 5:30 to support the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation and cheer on Miss G as she becomes the Honorary Vaquero Captain.

We are very excited and honored to have been selected as one of five charities the Santa Barbara City College...

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Super Miss G Is Home Rocking New Super Powers

September 14, 2011 by Victoria Strong
Super Miss G is doing great. Really great. As in almost fully back to normal. The blood transfusion was a success and we were sent home after just one day with Gwendolyn's lips more ruby than we have seen in weeks.

I'm so sorry we are just posting now. I know that worries people. To be honest we...

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In PICU: Gwendolyn Had a Blood Transfusion

September 08, 2011 by Victoria Strong

Well, crud. We are in the PICU again. Little Miss Gwendolyn had to have a blood transfusion. I know -- What the heck! Over the last week Gwendolyn has been really pale and so her doctors wanted to check her red blood count. Well, yesterday her hemoglobin came back a 5. Now all of this is new to...

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