Kids shouldn't get cancer
Teague Webb
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This geeklist is a tribute to my daughter, Lillian. She is 5, and is being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I will refrain from detailing her treatment here, but direct those interested in her journey to this link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lillywebb

Instead, I would like to share some of the great things about her, and some of the games she enjoys. Even though our lives are very different now, playing games together is one thing we still do just as we did before the cancer.

UPDATE 10/1/10
Thanks to all the well wishers, both in comments here and in geekmail. It's exactly that kind of support that is helping us weather this. Lilly says "Hi!"

UPDATE 12/19/10
Lillian's treatment continues to go according to plan. What didn't was her Wish. Check out the Caring Bridge link to read why we don't have Obi but had a wonderful experience at a special place!
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1. Board Game: Lilly the Witch [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Before you get the wrong idea, I mean that she casts her spell on everyone she meets. Everyone falls for her as soon as they see her silly smile or hear her infectious laugh.

The secondary reason for this one is that one of her favorite shows is Wizards of Waverly Place. She has a lot of the mischievousness of the main character, Alex, in her. I'm hoping we can help her learn to keep some of that while actually enjoying school, too.
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2. Board Game: Star Sisterz [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Madeline is Lillian's big sister. She's 6 (going on 16), and very protective and supportive of Lillian. My wife and I are constantly trying to make sure she still gets the attention she deserves, but the reality is that she sometimes misses out on things because of Lillian's condition. She is an amazing little girl, and she and Lillian are nigh on inseparable.
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3. Board Game: Shhh!... Mom's Asleep [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My wife, Amanda, is a truly incredible person. She deals with the majority of Lillian's treatment, and it can be very taxing. Whether it's staying overnight in Lillian's hospital room during her occasional multi-day stays, or dealing with Lillian when the various medicines are making her cranky/hungry/hyper, Amanda deals with it all during the day while I am stuck at work. As a result, the girls and I play a real life version of this game whenever we can on weekend mornings, and Lillian is always wanting to make her mommy breakfast in bed.
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4. Board Game: The Family Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Where would we be without our family? Probably a little saner. Even so, Lilly's grandparents, cousins, etc. are fantastic, and she loves them all like crazy. So, my wife and I suck it up and spend more time with our (and especially each others' ) parents than we would normally like, but it's worth it to see her run for the door every time they arrive.
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5. Board Game: Spider-Man & Friends Gotcha Card Game [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
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Lillian loves Spider Man anyway, so I picked this one to talk about all the great friends that have been there for her. Her BFF, Morgan, is like another sister, and Morgan's mommy, Cindy, is my wife's best friend, and they are truly the best.
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I can't say enough about the people at Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, especially the nurses. We have spent many days with them over the months since Lillian was diagnosed, and they never cease to amaze with their compassion and understanding. The treatment plan is designed to get the whole family through it, and there are so many facilities, programs, and resources besides Lillian's actual medications and treatments.
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In addition to our friends and family and all the medical professionals, there are many more people who have been a tremendous help to us. We are very grateful to all the families who dealt with this before us, and allowed what was learned to be put together to create better and better treatment plans and options. We are doing the same with our information in the hope that it might help in developing further options/treatments.

I also want to mention her teacher and all the other super people who have been so helpful in keeping her on track with school. She loves it when she gets to go!
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8. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:523]
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This may seem like a weird choice, but it'll make sense once I explain. Really. Just keep reading, okay?

You know how in Diplomacy you can't succeed without support? There are many organizations and groups outside of the medical profession that are incredibly helpful to families dealing with cancer.

Make a Wish is one most have heard of. Lilly has wanted us to have a dog for a long time, but we didn't think we could handle training a new dog, and couldn't afford one that was fully trained. When they asked Lilly what her wish was, she said a dog, so we are getting a beautiful, adult, fully trained black lab. Lilly picked the name Obi (yes, short for Obi-Wan), and we will get him in about 2 weeks.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides a lot of funding for educational material and expense reimbursement. We are doing a fundraising walk for them soon that we have actually done for several years. This year, our team is called Lilly's Crusaders, and our page is here: http://pages.lightthenight.org/coh/CntlOhio10/LillysCrusader...

Kids n Kamp does some wonderful events and trips for families dealing with cancer. We have participated in several, and have funneled some of the funds raised for us back to this charity. Find out more at: http://www.kidsnkamp.org/

UPDATE:
Another fantastic organization is the Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida. You can guess from their location what they specialize in, but you should really take a minute to check their website out. www.gktw.org

Of course, there are many others, but these are a few that we have dealt with directly.
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9. Board Game: RattleSnake [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4307]
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Now to get to some of Lilly's favorite games!

Of course, there's not much actual game here. It's just a simple way to incorporate those crazy powerful little magnets into a board game. The game does present some dexterity challenges, but of course Lillian loves playing with the magnets even when not actually playing the game and the game itself helped her work on her patience and concentration.
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10. Board Game: Round-Up [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:10934]
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This fun little co-op game is part of a great series. We have 3 of them, but this one is Lilly's favorite. When my mom found it thrifting, both girls were just starting into the horse-loving stage that so many little girls seem to go through, so it really hit home for them. We like our competitive games, but this one is a nice one for teaching basic teamwork and resource management strategy. Lilly loves working together to get those horses home safe!
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11. Board Game: Pretty Pretty Princess [Average Rating:4.27 Overall Rank:16203]
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Lilly likes the theme of this game, but because it is like so many crappy kids games, she got bored with the game itself. It has nice bits, though, so she has adapted them for use with her sister for dress up. Sound familiar....?
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