Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Caroline Clinical Update / Vanderbilt Ambassador

Caroline had 2 visits to Vanderbilt in the last 3 days. On Friday, she had a scheduled monthly clinical visit, and today, she visited as an Ambassador of the hospital to help open the brand new 10th Floor!

Clinical Update - All of her blood tests and urine makers (can aid in early detection of a relapse) looked great, and the doctors are happy with her current level of health. She will return to Vanderbilt in July for her 3-month post-treatment MIBG and CT scans, as well as a full day of labs and clinical testing.

Giving Back - She always has a fun time representing Vanderbilt in any way she can!  Caroline was able to tell her story, and tour the new floor, which will take care of young patients just like her for many years to come.  The video she worked on today should be published in the fall and we will certainly share when available. We are very grateful to the Carell family for being so generous and supportive of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, as well as all of the other donors that made the expansion possible.  It's a true blessing to have access to the kind of care that saves lives so close to home!

Much Love,
The Lantz Family

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Caroline's Make-A-Wish!

We just returned from Caroline’s Make-A-Wish trip to the Cayman Islands! She originally picked a trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but because of the timing of her treatment last November, she picked an alternate...riding ponies on the beach...and much, much more!

The Cayman Islands were gorgeous, and we’re so thankful Caroline is healthy enough to travel and truly enjoy the water, as well as everything the Island had to offer. We will let the pictures do the talking, but two very special shout-outs to those that made this all happen:

~Franklin Girls Cotillion: they raised the funds to sponsor the trip! What an amazing organization led by very kind and generous young ladies; we hope Caroline grows up with the same servant heart.

~Make-A-Wish of Middle Tennessee: They really do make wishes come true! Everything went off without a hitch!

Thankful for so many things, but especially time together relaxing as a family!
Team Lantz

Living her best life!

One the way to the Grand Cayman Islands - so excited!

Snorkeling in the crystal clear water

Cayman Turtle Center


Girls' Pool Day

Horseback riding along the ocean

Stingray City

The kids discovered (virgin) Pina Coladas while we were there... 

Oceanfront dinner on the last night

Jet-skiing with Daddy

Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Starfish Alley

Thank you Make-A-Wish and the Franklin Girls' Cotillion for an amazing vacation!