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My Gia Joy's Holiday Gift Card Drive for CHLA Oncology Patients

By September 24, 20142 Comments


Here we are.  Me and my amazing family.  Mike (daddy), Gia Joy and baby Olivia Grace!  

This was taken in July! 

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On the left is Gia during the end of her chemotherapy and on the right is about 7 months after we finally came home from the hospital and she was declared CANCER FREE!

Many of you know that my oldest daughter, Gia was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at 16 months old.  We spent almost all of 2013 living between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) while she received her chemotherapy treatments and underwent surgeries.  It was a season in our lives that will forever mark us.  Once you live in the world of childhood cancer, your eyes are opened to the very real tragedy that exists today.  Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world a child is diagnosed with cancer.  And they say 1 in 5 will not survive.  We thank God that our Gia survived misdiagnoses and made it through all her treatments successfully.  There is nothing more agonizing than watching your daughter suffer.  We are no longer trapped inside the walls of CHLA or RMH, but our hearts are still very much with the families who are there, where we were, living with all the fear and uncertainties that surround a diagnosis of cancer.
So we are giving back!  We have been selling t-shirts and tank tops in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month (September) and the proceeds will go to purchasing gift cards for the families on the oncology floor at CHLA.  We want to bless 50 families with a $100 gift card! So we need $5000!  We are dreaming that big because that is our heart! They deserve that and so much more.
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To order a Gia shirt in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness and to support our CHLA GIFT CARD DRIVE go to
If you’d like to make a financial donation towards Gia’s CHLA Holiday Gift Card Drive you can make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation by making your check payable to our church!
Make checks out to, “Church on the Mountain”
Mail to:
Gia Joy Gehringer
1335 Rocking W. Dr. #158
Bishop, Ca 93514
Or to give online CLICK HERE and you can donate through the Church on the Mountain website!  Just select “CHLA Gift Cards” from the drop down menu on the page!
Thank you all so much for helping to make this holiday season brighter for these amazingly strong fighters!! God bless you!


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