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Our own Uncle Jimbo and Evan Pertile playing at St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis, TN.

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We have an update on Evan and the Pertiles that we'll provide after the Jump. He's going back for scheduled testing and could use some good thoughts and prayers.

I'll post this message that Evan got from a paratrooper in Afghanistan:

I just read about you and I would like to say you are truly a soldier I'd like to serve with. You live the Army's soldier creed as you will never quit, you will never accept defeat, and I will never leave you, my hurt comrade. I am in Afghanistan right now, but if I could I would love to call and chat with you one day. You Evan have given me the extra bit of motivation that I will need to get through this deployment. I hope that when you read this it will at least put a smile onyour face. I saw a picture of you in your uniform and I want you to know that you really are a great soldier. When I get home next month I'd love to send you a T-shirt with the airborne on it becuase there are soldiers and there are paratroopers. Paratroopers lead the way, all the way. Next time I jump out of a plane, I'll think of you and your courage. ALL THE WAY, AIRBORNE!!!!

SSG Chris Bridgeman

Dear Evan's Army,

It is that time again - the three month check-up. Alex and Evan flew to Memphis last night and will be there until Wednesday. Due to some mechanical and weather delays, we weren't even sure they would leave. Saint Nana volunteered Saint Papa's assistance. Saint Papa stepped in and rushed them to Charlotte to catch a later flight as Columbia was not going to happen.

Evan will have the usual battery of tests and then some additional ones he gets annually. He will have the MRI of the head and spine, lumbar puncture, echo, PFT and have various appointments with the doctors.

Evan is doing well. He really is enjoying second grade and being a normal kid. He is playing soccer again this fall and loves it. His stamina, which still has not returned to pre-cancer levels, continues to improve. His team won today and Alex said Evan scored a goal but Evan said he was offsides and it didn't count. Just having him running around on the field is what is so precious to us! And our humble son who told me "I am awesome on offense and defense!" We will give him another year or two to go with that one.

We haven't mentioned some important family news on this site but we are expecting our 5th child soon. Yes - after four wonderful sons we are going to have a little girl. It is really fun to buy pink after so much blue! We still haven't picked out a name yet. She will make her debut in a few weeks so hopefully we will figure it out by then.

William and Jonathan continue to do great in school. William is having a ball playing football and Jonathan is doing boy scouts and soccer. Xander is working on being a precious three year old and causing his own source of drama. Alex of course was working at the hospital and I was supposedly "taking it easy" when Xander flipped backwards off of a stool and cracked his head. Well, after the vomiting started, all I could think about was a subdural hemorrhage. Melissa Irvin (number one across the street neighbor) got a frantic call to hold down the fort so I could rush Xander to the ER. Alex met me out front to get his stinky boy who got a stat head CT (which thankfully Alex did not have to read). It was "just" a concussion. How funny it is to be thankful for "just" a concussion. It was a complete flashback to December 2008 when Evan had a stat CT about a week after his first surgery. We were thanking God he "just" had chemical meningitis instead of post-op fluid build-up on his brain. Recently I thanked God that our friends' son "just" had new onset epilepsy instead of a brain tumor. I am not sure what that means in terms of the larger picture - someone wiser than me would have to comment on that.

We will update when we have some good news. I think Alex, Evan, and Col. Bill Bradshaw will be enjoying some Chili's for dinner tonight in Memphis!

Love,

Rachel

PS This was a recent guestbook entry from a REAL HERO!!

Evan,

I just read about you and I would like to say you are truly a soldier I'd like to serve with. You live the Army's soldier creed as you will never quit, you will never accept defeat, and I will never leave you, my hurt comrade. I am in Afghanistan right now, but if I could I would love to call and chat with you one day. You Evan have given me the extra bit of motivation that I will need to get through this deployment. I hope that when you read this it will at least put a smile onyour face. I saw a picture of you in your uniform and I want you to know that you really are a great soldier. When I get home next month I'd love to send you a T-shirt with the airborne on it becuase there are soldiers and there are paratroopers. Paratroopers lead the way, all the way. Next time I jump out of a plane, I'll think of you and your courage. ALL THE WAY, AIRBORNE!!!!

SSG Chris Bridgeman

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