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Saturday January 3, 2004

Hi Everyone,

Arriving in So CalI hope your holidays were wonderful and that you're having a great start to the new year! We made it down to California and back safely and in style!!!! We would like to thank the company that flew us down and back. Your generosity is overwhelming and our pilots were wonderful. It meant so much to us to be able to get Alex down to Orange County. We would also like to thank Corporate Angel Network for bending the rules a bit for us. You're awesome!

Alice & AlexOur trip was great. We were able to go to Disneyland with my parents, sister and niece on Christmas Eve and had a ball! Alex was in heaven! She got to see most of her favorite characters and rode her favorite rides. Nick got a real kick out of the characters. It was very funny watching him staring at them. Christmas Day was wonderful and the kids had a great time opening presents and playing. The day after Christmas we had luxury box seats for Disney on Ice. Thank you Sandie, Nitza and Impac!! We had a ball! Saturday was Nick's second cake mashing and we had a great time with friends. Unfortunately, I forgot to take the cake out of the fridge and it was pretty much frozen solid so he had a really hard time with the mashing part of it! He did put in quite an effort though!

Nick's First SnowWe got home on Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night it snowed! A perfect welcome home! Alex had a ball playing in it and it snowed again today. Wednesday also brought some troubling news in the form of Alex's blood counts. Not only had her hemoglobin dropped, but so had her platelets and ANC. I immediately called Alex's oncologist, and we scheduled a bone marrow aspirate for today, Friday. That made for a long New Year's Day of waiting. We went in Friday morning and before we even had the aspirate we were relieved that her ANC had come back up quite a bit. Doug looked at the sample immediately for us and it is clear. They are also running a ton of other tests to see if we can find out what's going on, but the results will take longer. At least it's not a relapse! Talk about your answered prayers!

He's Standing!!!Nick has been doing great. He continues to be a maniac! The strength and energy of this kid is amazing! He's climbing all over daddy at the moment. HeHeHe!!! He has started to pull up on all the furniture and is very proud of himself for it. We fear that he may be walking by the end of the month, then we'll be in REAL trouble!

Please continue to pray for all the families that are starting the new year without their children. The holidays are always hard, no matter how long it has been.

Thank you again for all your love and support over the last five years. We could never express how much it means to us. We have included a ton of pictures for you! Enjoy!

Take Care,

Andrea, Todd, Alex and Nick

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We are in the process of raising money for the expenses we incurred during Alex's 2nd Transplant At Duke. We have 3 ways in which you can make a donation:

Mail to: Frontier Bank
c/o Alexandra Elaine Martini
P.O. Box 527
Lake Stevens, WA 98258


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