Thursday, March 6, 2014

Touched By Cancer

I know many of you have been touched by cancer, whether in your own personal life or in someone's close to you and it is a terrible wretched journey. Recently a friend of mine's 12 year old son, Sam Day, relapsed for a 3rd time with Ewing's Sarcoma, otherwise known as the "forgotten cancer." It is a very rare cancer and with this being Sam's 3rd reoccurrence they are now pursuing a clinical trial for a cancer vaccine.

I'm hoping to help fundraise soon with this precious family to raise awareness and funds for researching a cure and better treatments for this sad and forgotten cancer that occurs most frequently in teens and young adults. I ask that you would please think and pray about how you can get involved with me through donations, fundraising help once we have a tangible plan, and to carry this family in prayer. Below is a video the Day Family made to share Sam's story and the poem throughout the video was written by Sam himself. It is beautiful and heartbreaking. Below that is an inspiring video discussing the treatment they will be pursuing for Sam. It is the story of Carley Rutledge who was the first to receive this cancer vaccine. Please watch them both and be inspired.

To read more about my friend Lorna and her son's battle against this cancer beast you can read his story at:

Sam Day's Video:

I am Sam from Jay McKenney on Vimeo.

Carley Rutledge's Cancer Vaccine Video

This disease, like any other trial or dark time in life can and will test our strength, our faith, our will to keep moving forward and God does not want us to walk these dark and lonely journeys by ourselves. He wants us to come along side one another to help comfort and support each other. He wants us to cling to Him for the peace that surpasses all understanding. Though both of these things may be practically impossible to do at times, He will give us the strength to do so if we allow Him to. I'm genuinely praying for the Day family as they walk this journey for healing but also for peace and growth. I ask that you would too.

"God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 
1 Corinthians 1:4

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." 
Matthew 11:28-29

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. What an amazing story. I will be praying for them.