I had other plans in mind for today, but these two little guys have been on my heart for some time now and. . . well, NOW is the time. I’m going to give you a brief story and a lot of links. Please say a prayer for these two little ones and then move as you are led to. Their families would love it if you could spread the word on what’s going on with them and help out. Most of all, though, they covet your prayers for their beloved children.
Noah Estes (above). I have been following Noah’s story since he was. . . oh, maybe 2 years old. He’s now 4. I wish I could tell you things have gotten better for him, but he has mitochondrial disease. It doesn’t get better. Noah was just fitted with a custom wheelchair as his mobility is getting worse. It’s a power chair. It weighs a ton. His family can’t get it in & out of their van without a lot of huffin’ and puffin’ and muscle. They need a wheelchair accessible van. Dad is out of work and has been for quite some time. There are 8 children in this family. And now, thanks to lots of concerned folks both local and online, there is a fundraiser going on called Wheels for Noah. You can go to the site and see what’s happening. There’s a local affair going on in South Carolina and an online event, too. They are still accepting donations for that, I believe. You can read all about it at Wheels for Noah. Every penny raised will go towards the cost of this van, which is used but in reasonably good condition and has the wheelchair lift equipment already installed. You can subscribe to Noah’s Blog, too, to keep up with him.
Christian Smith. I started following Christian Smith last year through the Caring Bridge web site. Christian is now 9 years old. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, challenge enough, but last year he was diagnosed with 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was declared in remission in November, but the cancer has reappeared as of a few weeks ago. He has a lot of treatment and a bone marrow transplant in front of him. One thing I love about Christian, he always has a smile on his face no matter what he goes through. Everyone that’s written about him says the same. He’s got the sweetest smile, too. Christian has 3 brothers. His Mom, Cassey, is so thankful to have her dad for support. He stays with her 3 other sons while she’s in the hospital with Christian. They live more than an hour away from the hospital, though, and the gasoline bill is killing them. Toward that end, they have established Team Christian. Please donate if you’re able, but everyone can pray for this dear young man as he bravely fights cancer for the 2nd time.
Christian’s Caring Bridge Site Read the “My Story” tab to get background and information.
Christian’s “Dear God” Link This is a sweet video and the song is sung by his Mom, Cassey.
I always think. . . how would I feel if it were one of my kids? I honestly don’t know. But I know I read every day of the brave children and parents who fight this battle like they eat their Wheaties. I sign more and more Guest Books over at Caring Bridge. And, yes, I cry when one of them gains his or her angel wings. I’ll share a few more of them with you in the future. These little guys are very special to me, though. I know their parents appreciate each and every prayer said for their special child. . . and so do I.
Tomorrow it’s back to business. See ya there!