On April 11th, 2011, our lives changed forever.
While traveling to a dentist appointment, my eldest son Noah complained of arm and chest pain. My wife detected something more than a snug seat-belt and detoured to an urgent care facility. After hours of testing, the on-call Doctor discovered a mass in my son’s chest, pressing against his heart and windpipe. By nightfall, a Lifeflight Crew transported my son to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, a three-and-a-half hour trip from home.
To make a long story, quite short, he’s now in remission with six months of treatment remaining. Though SLC administered the bulk of my son’s care, Noah also received a portion of his chemo at a St. Jude’s Satellite Clinic much closer to home. Hence, the St. Jude’s Walk.
Last November, one of the young ladies in the youth group I lead, rallied a team of walkers for a local St. Jude’s fundraising event. When she asked permission to name the group “Noah’s Hope,” a lump formed in my throat, tears welling in my eyes. Of course I consented. On November 17th, “Noah’s Hope” walks again with the same teenage girl serving as Captain. This year it’s possible Noah might even walk with the team! God has been so good.
Well, over the last 18 months we’ve learned much about childhood cancer, and we definitely consider monetary contributions to help children battle the dreadful disease a wonderful cause. So, would you consider sponsoring me on this walk taking place in a few days? Every dollar raised helps St. Jude’s care for child oncology patients. If you want to help me raise funds for this event, click on the following link: Noah’s Hope . (I’d encourage everyone to donate $1, but the online giving requires the donations to begin at $5 or more….)
For a week, give up a Value Meal or five trips to the vending machine at the office. I’m raising money for children battling cancer. I’m raising money in honor of my son.
Can you spare $5?