Many months ago I asked you to pray for my uncle, Wayne the Pain. One night he woke up choking on blood, only to find out he had throat cancer. It didn’t make any sense. He never smoked. Why him?
Unfortunately the question is more like Why not him? Why not any of us?
Cancer does not discriminate.
It afflicts the young and old, the strong and fit, as well as the person who abuses his body. I suspect each of us are touched by cancer in some way, whether you are a fighter, a survivor, a friend, or family member. It’s a disease that destroys, but in the midst of devastation, there’s HOPE.
Back in February, I took the above picture in The Hope Lodge in New York City. I can’t say enough good things about The Hope Lodge. I know similar “homes” are set up around the country for cancer patients and their families. The work they do is so important. It blesses people in a way they’ll never forget. They literally change lives.
If you ever have the opportunity to help a home run by the American Cancer Society or similar entity, don’t ever hesitate. Go and see what they do; learn how they give hope every single day.
This is my aunt and uncle at The Hope Lodge back in February. Don’t let their smiles fool you; they were going through the toughest times of their lives.
This is them today. Both cancer survivors. They are more than just survivors though, they are conquerors and that didn’t just begin with the diagnosis of cancer. They’ve been through some tough times in their lives and they’ve never let go of hope.
I’m proud of them, but above all, I’m thankful. So very thankful.
God gave them life and hope to live that life.