WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?
As the mind-numbing gravity of this diagnosis settled in, we knew that no matter what, we would fight this fight together, for as long as we are given. From the second the words seeped from the doctor's lips, our first thought and biggest concern was the children. How do we do this?
Ben is father to two beautiful children and step father to two more. He is a remarkable father and the impact he has every day on the lives of these precious kids is immeasurable. He is the rock they have built their young worlds upon. I am in awe of his courage and strength as he has begun the fight of his life with a peace and gratitude beyond my comprehension. God has truly covered him with his grace, which has spread over all of us around him.
We are blessed beyond measure with wonderful, amazing love from our family and friends. The outpouring of love and prayers from everywhere has been a gift that has changed our lives. I know I can speak for both of us in saying that in a very real way, this journey - as painful as it is - has shown us the power and beauty of God's love through the kindness of so many. Some we don't even know. We have been touched and changed by it.
Still, the wages of the battle and the severity of losing are ever present and hard to keep at bay.
This journey is about so much more than money. But the reality of it cuts deep into our financial situation. Uncovered medical expenses, loss of income, and special nutritional needs are piling up. Our family suggested Go Fund Me as a vehicle for raising money to relieve the financial stress and keep up with medical and family living expenses. This will help Ben to focus on healing and loving, which he is so good at.
First of all, we hope you will pray for Ben's healing, and for God's grace and love to continue to lift us up as we support him. Then, if you can help in any way, we pray that your kindness is returned to you many times, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Keeping the family safe, warm and healthy is first priority, followed by medical expenses. If the gifts exceed what is needed there, the balance will be used toward educational needs of the kids.
May Love, Hope and Happiness prevail in all your lives, as it has - and will forever - in ours.
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