Bits of Sweetness: Asking Prayer

Asking Prayer

Today, I'd like to simply ask prayer from you, my sweet readers. A dear friend of mine is walking the path no parent ever wishes to walk:  that of cancer treatment for their little girl, Taylor, who isn't even 2 yet. They found out this summer that what doctors thought was just a mass was actually a stage three aggressive neuroblastoma tumor near her spine. My heart was breaking for them. What surprising news no one wants to hear :( But, we have a God who is truly incredible. And, this little girl is proof that prayer works. The tumor started out the size of a grapefruit. It is now the size of an egg. It has shrunk 93%! NINETY THREE! She recently went in for stem cell harvesting. Doctors were expecting counts around 40. Hers were 130,000. The cancer has not spread to her bone marrow! Prayer works miracles. I truly believe it. Please keep sweet Taylor in your prayers. Tomorrow (the 30th) she goes in for surgery to attempt to remove the tumor. Two doctors will be performing this surgery which will take about 12 hours. Twelve. That is sure a lot of time for two people to be doing one task, let alone something as detailed and tough as removing a cancerous tumor. The tumor is in some of her arteries which means that this procedure is really risky. Please keep the surgeons, Taylor, and her family in your prayers.

You know those things in life that spark a passion inside you? The things that touch a part of your heart and don't let go? This is one of those things. My heart more than goes out to the Hall family. It is a part of what they are going through. I want to do something, and so do something I shall. I don't have to tell you that going through something like cancer is hard. Even if you've never been through it yourself, you probably know someone who has. Aside from the treatments and the pain involved with that is another side- the cost involved. Let's face it-cancer is not cheap. Health insurance can be a true lifesaver. I don't doubt that. But there are other things that health insurance may not cover- transportation to and from the hospital (which, if you are familiar with cancer treatments, is quite often, especially in pediatric cases), the cost of time off work, the cost of gas for all the transportation and so on. It all adds up! I know that monetary support is not the only way to help loved ones going through this, but it is an important part that can't be excluded.

I have set up an online fundraiser through WePay. It's actually cheaper than PayPal (every online site has a small charge per transaction and WePay is less than PayPal) and super easy to make a donation with.  I felt that it would be one of the fastest, secure & convenient ways to raise a little extra gift for the family. Would you consider contributing, even just a little, for this family? Sometimes I think about all the sad things in the world and wonder why I would even make a difference because I'm just one person. But I realized something. I might be just one person, but just one person is all it takes to make a difference! One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to the family. So, you know your money isn't going towards 5% of the fundraiser's Starbucks fund, 10% to the fundraiser's transportation costs, and only 50% to the recipient. Nope. 100% will be going to the family :)

Thank you friends. Your prayers & thoughts are much appreciated. If you would like to send a note to the family, you are more than welcome to! An email address has been set up.
If you would like the code to add the funds widget to your website or blog, let me know! :)


  1. Such a sad thing for the parents and Taylor. And yet amazing at her journey to recovery! You are truly a good friend to set up a fundraiser! How do I do the widget? I'd like to be able to support your friend.

  2. This child will certainly by in my prayers...

  3. I posted an entry on my blog. How is Taylor doing?


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