Help make a dying wish come true
My friend Robert is terminally ill. The doctors have actually given him 3-4 months to get his affairs in order. Like many, Robert has an unfinished wish. That wish is to finish the recording he has started with his singing group, InUnity (fka Zion’s Joy). To get to this point, I think you should know a little about Robert.
Robert started his music career early, writing songs and singing with a group called ‘Paramour’. One day Marvin Gaye came to one of their concerts and liked them so much he asked the group to become his backup singers. While Robert was singing backup for Marvin Gaye he was still writing, amassing a catalog of over a hundred songs. Having grown up in the church, he always had a love for gospel music. After leaving Marvin Gaye, Robert dedicated his life to the Lord and started writing songs of inspiration, worship, and praise. He was later given the vision of a multi-cultural and multi-denominational Christian singing group. Thus, ‘Zion’s Joy’ was born. He produced two CDs with the group and was starting on a third when he received a diagnosis of advanced stage leukemia. He was placed on the bone marrow transplant list. The doctors confessed that the odds were terribly against him. But Robert was determined to win this battle, no matter what he had to go through. And go through he did. For the next year and a half he endured countless numbers of bone marrow biopsies, chemo, radiation and hospital stays, (some as long as two months). Then finally, there was a donor. The tedious transplant process began. It was successful. All was going well. Robert was cancer free. A few months later he was having some trouble with a severely sore throat. It was later diagnosed as throat cancer. Robert was optimistic. He had beat leukemia when the odds were against him-he could beat this too. So back to the cancer treatments, the side affects and something he did not expect, a feeding tube. Which was devastating to him because anybody who knows Robert knows he Loves To Eat! But he was resigned to do whatever it took to get well again. After his last round of chemo and the cancer treatments, his doctor gave him an unexpected diagnosis-the cancer not only did not respond to the treatment but had spread-throughout his body. It had metastasized.
He was given 3-4 months to live. Robert is doing hospice at home now and whenever he has a clear head before the pain medication puts him to sleep, he’s talking about the music, the group, and the vision.
I am asking for your help and will be forever grateful for your generosity in making Robert’s last wish possible before he takes his eternal rest.
Thank you and may God bless you.
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