Morton Zabala was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a rare blood, marrow disease. He was in remission until recently. He required chemotherapy treatments and has received chemotherapy since February of this year. Before he required chemotherapy, he and his wife Carol had plans to move to Hawaii. They moved in June of this year to Hawaii. His oncologist in Hawaii stated that his cancer was in partial remission and required a higher dose of chemotherapy. So, in the midst of the move, Morton continued his higher dose chemotherapy treatments. His oncologist in Hawaii recommended a stem cell transplant procedure to put his cancer in remission. Ironically, the procedure is not done in Hawaii, so he and Carol have to travel back to California to do the procedure at Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto.
Morton has been blessed with medical insurance through Medicare and a supplement, so much of the costs of medical, hospital, and prescription drugs are covered. The procedure will take 2-3 months and will require he and my aunt to stay near the Stanford Cancer Center. Unfortunately, costs of lodging, transportation, and meals are not covered by insurance and will have to come out of his own pocket. Their move to Hawaii took a lot of their reserve monies. We are asking for your help to assist them financially.
Morton Zabala is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church and he and his wife Carol have faithfully served the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salinas, California for almost 40 years. He is currently serving at Sacred Heart Church in Waianae, Hawaii. The following is a spiritual reflection he recently preached about the Suffering Servant: “Please allow me to share my own story of suffering. For those of you who do not know, I am suffering from cancer. I have multiple myeloma a rare blood, marrow disease. I currently receive chemotherapy treatments twice a week and I suffer from the side effects of the chemotherapy. I connect with the suffering servant by offering up my pains and sorrows to God along with the pains and sorrows suffered by Jesus during his Passion. Jesus suffered and died for us. He made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us on the Cross. I suggest that sometime today or sometime this week that you meditate on your own sufferings and connect them to the sufferings of Jesus in his Passion. Then, offer them up to God for reparation of sin. Your suffering and my suffering will then become a holy and acceptable sacrifice to God. We are all called to holiness by God.”
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