|A print from one of Baylee's paintings.|
|Cards from a church class.|
|It's a big pill!|
It's World Cancer Day, and International Childhood Cancer Day. According to the WCD organization website, 8.2 million people die from cancer every year, and 4 million of those are of pre-mature age, it says. It clarifies that "pre-mature" is age 30-69. Anybody else go
|Caleb discovered Magic Tree House books.|
We have been up to the school to watch Caleb participate in chapel this week, and just errands and chores otherwise, plus a lot of car show prep. We are waiting on some posters that are being framed
|Making a birthday cake for a special friend.|
|Bruce with his new wheels on.|
And, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hijack Eli’s post with his siblings, but it is another example of how cancer affects a family, and the trials and struggles that go on whether you are dealing with cancer or not. Anyway, just things that most would take for granted, all the every-day logistics, concerns, stresses don’t automatically stop or automatically get done just because you are distracted with cancer, and just because you have beautiful people to help you. I can’t even think of the right wording to describe the eliteness of support we have had and continue to enjoy over the last four years. Still even with the perfection of “The Machine,” which I called it, there are residual, peripheral costs of cancer, and I think Abbey is paying one of those.
I am very sad to learn that little Charlie, I believe age 4, fighting the same relapse cancer as Eli, but different subtype, has been sent home on hospice care as the cancer has overtaken his body, metastasized outside of his central nervous system. In addition to the devastating nature of the situation in general, to have brain cancer metastasize outside the central nervous system is unusual, as I understand it. Young family, it is just heart-wrenching, and I am so sad about it. Just pray for him and his mother Scarlett, dad and baby brother. And for a little boy named Preston, as well, who is fighting relapse.
Remember to get in your Eli shirt orders, it’s been a little slow, so I may wrap it up early if it seems like we are done with the orders. The form is http://goo.gl/forms/zMFVM4oDaQ They are $5.50 each, add a shipping guesstimate if you want yours shipped. These are just the original shirts from four years ago.
Lastly, I am excited about a fundraiser this month that Team Victory 4 All is getting ready to announce. We will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on February 26th to raise money for our Healed and Home fund. This is the fund that we are growing and holding to help pay the funeral expenses of children lost to cancer in North Alabama, for right now. I thought it would be neat to hold a fundraiser exclusive to that effort. We are excited to have married duo DEAN perform at the dinner, and they are absolutely incredible. It is going to be a great night to just hang out together, with dinner and entertainment, makes for a fun family night, date night, friend night, or if you can’t stay, a take-out night. We will have call-in, carry-out available and will run your order to your car. It will be at the Athens State ballroom, and dinner includes AYE spaghetti, plus a side salad, bread, drink, and a dessert. Pre-order tickets before February 22 at $8 each, $3 for kids under 5. At the door, tickets will be $10, and $5 for kids under 5. I hope to build this fund, and hold it, never use it, but it will be nice to have it if ever a family needs it. You can pre-order tickets through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/xSwl1rjYpX You can also visit our website at www.teamvictory4all.org or join our Facebook page to keep up with all that we do.
Thank you, as always, for your prayer efforts. I hope that you can see how your petitions are being answered.