Thanks be to God!  Because of the generosity of this community, we are on pace to reach the half million dollar goal by the end of September!  
This relieves a big burden allowing the Merricks to focus more on Daisy and their family.  We also wanted to let you know that Britt & Kate have expressed the heartfelt desire to help other cancer patients, especially children.  The trust was founded with the intention that any funds raised above and beyond what is needed to care for Daisy in the coming months and years will go towards helping others with cancer or towards cancer research.
We are overwhelmed and blessed that we have the privilege to provide fantastic care for Daisy and hopefully, in the future, for others fighting cancer.
Tyler MorganExecutive DirectorThe Daisy Merrick Trust

Thanks be to God!  Because of the generosity of this community, we are on pace to reach the half million dollar goal by the end of September!  

This relieves a big burden allowing the Merricks to focus more on Daisy and their family.  We also wanted to let you know that Britt & Kate have expressed the heartfelt desire to help other cancer patients, especially children.  The trust was founded with the intention that any funds raised above and beyond what is needed to care for Daisy in the coming months and years will go towards helping others with cancer or towards cancer research.

We are overwhelmed and blessed that we have the privilege to provide fantastic care for Daisy and hopefully, in the future, for others fighting cancer.

Tyler Morgan
Executive Director
The Daisy Merrick Trust

Super excited for the One Love Unity Concert tomorrow to support Daisy! Get all the details at love4daisy.com.

Here’s a group photo from the paddle event in Daisy’s hometown of Carpinteria. Grandpa Al Merrick showed up and paddled 3 miles with us! Thanks for coming out to Paddle for Daisy! Great time together!

Here’s a group photo from the paddle event in Daisy’s hometown of Carpinteria. Grandpa Al Merrick showed up and paddled 3 miles with us! 

Thanks for coming out to Paddle for Daisy! Great time together!

Another week has passed and the ball is definitely rolling.  As usual, there are ups and there are downs.  After having a very experienced radiologist examine Daisy’s scan results, Dr. Slavin has concluded that her lung spots are metastatic cancer.  So heavy.  The upside is that he said it can be a good indicator of whether the therapy is working or not.  He has chosen to go ahead with Oncothermia, twice weekly shots of a substance called GcMAF that stimulates her macrophages to destroy cancer cells, and a vaccine.  This vaccine will be comprised of her actual tumor which was cryopreserved after her last operation.  He will mix those cells with dendritic cells from Britt and Daisy will get that vaccine over the course of 6 months.  This coming Tuesday Britt will undergo the collecting of cells similar to what Daisy did at UCLA.  He is looking forward to being able to do this for her and considers it an honor.  I agree.
This is the plan for now.  All these therapies, or “modalities”, as Dr. Slavin calls them are nearly painless for Daisy and she can play and be around people all she wants which is a huge change for her.  It’s so fun seeing her gain strength and her step quicken.  She is learning to hold her head high when curious people look too long at her (she has ditched the beanie in the heat) and she gets this expression of dignity that is amazing.  
We are loving absorbing the culture and just being where we are.  As we choose joy in the situation it’s important to talk together at the end of the day of the highs and lows.  We get to rejoice over the highs, laughing and agreeing, and commiserate over the lows, affirming, sometimes praying over it, then moving on.  I’ll share some with you!
The Israeli people continuously fall in love with our plucky girl.  Two different times on the beach kind people have bought her popsicles, and at our favorite cafe they keep bringing out treats after almost every meal.  Last time they brought out a giant piece of watermelon!  We have made many friends both on the beach and elsewhere.  We have been invited to two Shabbat meals and even have plans for Rosh Hoshanna! (Jewish New Year)  Daisy has a play date with a little girl from London who spends summers in Israel named Alba, and her mom is taking us to a secret beach where turtles are laying eggs!  Britt has made friends in the water with some really nice surfers and we all have bumps, bruises, and rashes from too much fun at the beach.
The best of the best by far is the time spent together.  We understand that it is a gift to have the time to play cards at the cafe, to watch the sunset every night, to laugh together in the elevator and try to hold it in when strangers come aboard, and to take 7 wrong turns in a row and laugh about it.  This time is a gift.  We are slowing down, listening to each other, praying in accordance, and learning many lessons together.  We have few distractions and a very clear purpose.  For that we are grateful.
Love,
Kate
2 Corinthians 4
"We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.  And as God’s grace reaches more and more people there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory.  That is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now, rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone but the things we cannot see will last forever."

Another week has passed and the ball is definitely rolling.  As usual, there are ups and there are downs.  After having a very experienced radiologist examine Daisy’s scan results, Dr. Slavin has concluded that her lung spots are metastatic cancer.  So heavy.  The upside is that he said it can be a good indicator of whether the therapy is working or not.  He has chosen to go ahead with Oncothermia, twice weekly shots of a substance called GcMAF that stimulates her macrophages to destroy cancer cells, and a vaccine.  This vaccine will be comprised of her actual tumor which was cryopreserved after her last operation.  He will mix those cells with dendritic cells from Britt and Daisy will get that vaccine over the course of 6 months.  This coming Tuesday Britt will undergo the collecting of cells similar to what Daisy did at UCLA.  He is looking forward to being able to do this for her and considers it an honor.  I agree.

This is the plan for now.  All these therapies, or “modalities”, as Dr. Slavin calls them are nearly painless for Daisy and she can play and be around people all she wants which is a huge change for her.  It’s so fun seeing her gain strength and her step quicken.  She is learning to hold her head high when curious people look too long at her (she has ditched the beanie in the heat) and she gets this expression of dignity that is amazing.  

We are loving absorbing the culture and just being where we are.  As we choose joy in the situation it’s important to talk together at the end of the day of the highs and lows.  We get to rejoice over the highs, laughing and agreeing, and commiserate over the lows, affirming, sometimes praying over it, then moving on.  I’ll share some with you!

The Israeli people continuously fall in love with our plucky girl.  Two different times on the beach kind people have bought her popsicles, and at our favorite cafe they keep bringing out treats after almost every meal.  Last time they brought out a giant piece of watermelon!  We have made many friends both on the beach and elsewhere.  We have been invited to two Shabbat meals and even have plans for Rosh Hoshanna! (Jewish New Year)  Daisy has a play date with a little girl from London who spends summers in Israel named Alba, and her mom is taking us to a secret beach where turtles are laying eggs!  Britt has made friends in the water with some really nice surfers and we all have bumps, bruises, and rashes from too much fun at the beach.

The best of the best by far is the time spent together.  We understand that it is a gift to have the time to play cards at the cafe, to watch the sunset every night, to laugh together in the elevator and try to hold it in when strangers come aboard, and to take 7 wrong turns in a row and laugh about it.  This time is a gift.  We are slowing down, listening to each other, praying in accordance, and learning many lessons together.  We have few distractions and a very clear purpose.  For that we are grateful.

Love,

Kate

2 Corinthians 4

"We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.  And as God’s grace reaches more and more people there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory.  That is why we never give up.  Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now, rather we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen.  For the things we see now will soon be gone but the things we cannot see will last forever."

Thanks Dominic Balli & Britney Christian for your love & support!  Ventura County Star covers the One Love Unity Concert this Sunday in an interview with Dominic.

Thanks Dominic Balli & Britney Christian for your love & support!  Ventura County Star covers the One Love Unity Concert this Sunday in an interview with Dominic.

Our friends over at HopeMob are pushing this week to get to the $100,000 mark for Daisy.  Help out by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog!  Simply go to Daisy’s story at hopemob.org and use the social media buttons to share it with your friends.

Our friends over at HopeMob are pushing this week to get to the $100,000 mark for Daisy.  Help out by spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog!  Simply go to Daisy’s story at hopemob.org and use the social media buttons to share it with your friends.

Get your One Love t-shirt today to help us spread the word about the One Love Unity concert this Sunday! It’s going to be a super fun family event! Learn more at love4daisy.com. 

Get your One Love t-shirt today to help us spread the word about the One Love Unity concert this Sunday! It’s going to be a super fun family event! Learn more at love4daisy.com

Hello friends!  Oh, where do I begin?  It’s all such an experience!  Coming to an ancient land that has been a journey of hope for many, it’s hard to put into words.  I have waited to post, hoping we would have a definite plan for Daisy that we could share, but it could be another week, as first we have to determine exactly what the spots on Daisy’s lungs are with a radiology specialist and possible ultrasound and maybe another CT.  We have met with Dr. Slavin from the International Center for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy, a couple of times and have discussed different options for Daisy’s treatment.  They range from very safe to very risky.  The doctor formulates a very specific personal plan according to Daisy’s previous treatments, current condition, and progress.

The immunotherapies are designed to teach Daisy’s own immune system cells to search and destroy cancer cells, getting every last one.  Dr. Slavin says that since her tumor keeps coming back that her body is not recognizing those cells.  He will be doing a number of things that I will briefly explain on updates as he does them, crazy things with words like “T” cells, “NK” cells, Allogenaeic vaccine.  So far Daisy has been receiving Oncothermia, a new technology that weakens cancer cells through high heat at the cellular level.  It’s painless and doesn’t involve needles or nausea.

There is so much to hope for here, so many things to enjoy.  We are making the best of this crazy life that we know how.  In between doctor visits we are exploring meandering roads, checking out ruins, trying new flavors.  The Mediterranean Sea is so warm and clear!  We are determined to hang out at every beach in the country, as well as every Shwarma stand!  Daisy and Isaiah have a running game of who can find the most feral cats (Jaffa is chock full).  We have fallen in love with so many “Sabras” (native born Israelis), who we have found warm and helpful, and met hilarious people of all ages.  When I asked one old woman with a deep tan, white bikini and matching sunglasses where the bathroom was she tipped her head back, gave a belly laugh, and told me to “make pee pee in the sea!”  Britt has been driving like a local, laying on the horn.  At first we were offended by so much honking, but now, well…  when in Rome!

Thank you friends, for loving us.  Thank you for supporting us and helping Daisy get another chance.  Thank you for praying…

-Kate

ESPN Action Sports raises awareness about Paddle for Daisy in an online article! Awesome!

ESPN Action Sports raises awareness about Paddle for Daisy in an online article! Awesome!

The local paper in Santa Barbara covered the CrossFit event DAY4DAISY happening this Saturday, Aug 25th. Read the article in today’s Newspress.  Thanks to CrossFit for promoting health for Daisy!

The local paper in Santa Barbara covered the CrossFit event DAY4DAISY happening this Saturday, Aug 25th. Read the article in today’s Newspress.  Thanks to CrossFit for promoting health for Daisy!