Help For Sean's Family
Update 4/27/2014: It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that Sean Webb passed away with this morning. Sean was a husband, father, son, brother, friend, someone who brought joy to others through his life and through comedy. Please remember all the joy he brought to you and others please celebrate the way he lived. We are continuing to raise funds for his family during their time of need. Please share this as Sean's network of family and friends reaches far and wide.
Sean's main focus throughout was to make sure his wife Christy and boys Nick and Christian, were taken care of. We would like to continue to fulfill that in memory of a great person.
Sean you will be missed fella.
Sean Webb is a husband, father of two boys, friend, actor and a staple in the local Wilmington, NC comedy scene. He is also a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan (seriously, he has even liked them during their worst years). In August of this year, Sean was diagnosed with melanoma a type of cancer. He had surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes in his neck with the hopes with that with some medication and a few rounds of radiation he would be cancer free. At the end of October, Sean went for another test that found the cancer was still there and could have possibly spread to other parts of his body. So he is preparing for the next round of this battle. During this round Sean, who works with people with special needs, will need to be out of work while in treatment. This could not come at a worse time while raising a family with the holidays approaching. Sean has always been involved with fundraising for those in need performing in Laughing for Life and producing the annual "5 Minutes to Wapner" a benefit show to raise funds for Autism research. So please join us by helping Sean and his family during this difficult time. Donate what you can and if you cannot donate just pass this cause on.
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Today, even though I do not have that tumor in my hip it still aches at times, and to me it is just a reminder of how much I need to be thankful to the Lord for his mercy to me. I am thankful for his healing hand. I am thankful to you my church family for your prayers and support. Thank the Lord for he is good all the time. Thank you and God bless you all!
It was in May of 2013 that I met the hematologist who would do the transplant. He was very optimistic in his discussions with me, and strongly felt that I would benefit greatly from the transplant. He took blood test and a performed 2nd bone marrow biopsy that clearly showed my cancer in both my blood and bone marrow. I did not need a donor for my transplant since I was able to use my own stem cells which was a blessing for it would reduce the chance of my body rejecting the transplant. I want to thank all who offered to be a donor for me if I needed it. Being part of a church family like Ridgeway gave me great piece. In June, I was admitted to NY Presbyterian Hospital for a month stay, but thanks to Gods caring hand my stay was just for 3 weeks. The Doctors said I would get sick and they were not kidding. Chemo really knocked me down and made me feel like my insides were coming apart. But I always remember the sense of calm that slowly began to come over both me and Sheryl. From the first day in the hospital I was able to keep a positive demeanor and no matter how I felt at the time, I kept thanking God for the care I was given. On the day of my transplant when it was all over and only a nurse stood by my side I ask if it was all done , she said yes,: and I lifted my hands with confidence and said, Cured!. To her it sounded crazy, but I know in whom I believe. The smile on my face was not just a surprise to the medical staff, but to me too. I may not have felt well but the piece of God that surpasses all understanding became very real to me! I was experiencing what Isaiah 26:4, says, Trust in the lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. 100 days after my transplant I found myself at the Doctors office this time to get the final results of a blood test and of a third bone marrow biopsy. The doctor told Sheryl and I that my test results had come back clean. I was in full remission, and that I had no traces of cancer. The Doctor said that I would need to keep an eye on my condition for the rest of my life, and that I would need to continue to see him every six months. I slowly began to regain my strength, my hair and my appetite. I work as a LT. for the FDNY and in the last year alone at least 3 of my fellow co-workers have died from similar cancers like my own, and I stand here thanking the Lord for his merciful gift of healing. When I thought it was all over Satan tried to undermine what God had done for me. I was on medical leave from my job, and it was time for me to return to work. Since I was out for almost 4 months I needed to be medically cleared by my job, and to my surprise the FDNY Doctor was not willing to clear me to return to work. He felt that I could not fulfill my duties in the field required by my job and returning to work would be a bad idea. I was in danger of losing my job and the health insurance that I still need to this day. Once again I asked my church family for prayer, but I did not worry for I knew God was still in control I was sure he would resolve this situation. I got a letter from my Doctor who assured my employer that I was capable of doing my job but the fire department doctor would not clear me to return to work. I knew what had happened to others in my position and it did not look like I was going to fare well with the medical review board. I know of fellow co-workers in similar circumstances who have not been allowed to return to work, but I prayed that it would not be my outcome. A medical review board would decide if I would be allowed to return to work or not. One doctor kept asking me how I felt, and each time I said, I feel great! He kept looking at me like he did not believe what I was saying to him. Three doctors began to met together to decide my fate, and when they finished talking two of the three doctors left the room. I thought this was bad, but the one that stayed in the room shook my hand welcoming me back to work. What changed? I dont know even to this day, but I know that even in this matter God took control. Yet for me this only part of my cancer journey. Today I thank the Lord for what he has shown me about himself. If I had a choice I would have preferred not to have gone through the treatments, and transplant. But if I had my way then today I would not be able to share with you the blessing of what God did for me this past year. Yet, I ask myself why? I am nobody special or see myself of any great importance. I learned that the outcome of my condition God will always be the ultimate authority in how my life plays out. I learned that in my darkest moments Christ will be there to sustain me. My life is secured in what Jesus did for me on the cross of Calvary. I was not looking to die, or to suffer a painful ending, but no matter the end I know that he will sustain me though all of lifes trials. Today, even though I do not have that tumor in my hip it still aches at times, and to me it is just a reminder of how much I need to be
A friend of mine was cured of cancer in the past few months. I would like to share the most inspiring testimony I have ever read... Keep it close to your heart Sean you'll soon be writing one of these.. "Good Evening/Morning to everyone my name is David Chalen for those of you who dont know me. I have been attending Ridgeway for 8 years and I am happy to be a member of a praying, caring and supportive church family. It was a year ago that I went to see my Doctor for a very bad hip pain that was making it difficult to walk each day. Because of the test results my primary care doctor referred me to an oncologist for a more definite answer to my test. After some test and analysis I was told that the pain in my right hip was a tumor and given the diagnosis of cancer. Most specifically bone marrow cancer called Multiple Myeloma. When I heard the word cancer my first gut reaction was that it was all was over for me. It was like hearing my death sentence. No cure, no hope, just a clinical progression of a disease that will rot away my bones and changing the course of my life and bring it to an early end. I really did not know how to feel since I kept thinking that this is something that happens to someone else. And as Sheryl and I sat there digesting the news, trying to hold it together God provided us with the first of many encouraging moments to show us that we were not facing this problem alone. A nurse walks in and said that a Pastor wanted to come in and see me. It was the first miracle of this long journey. Pastor Art came to encourage and direct us, since he too had been through the rigors of cancer. He prayed for us, and stayed thru my first bone marrow biopsy. God is good all the time. I decided along with the support of my wife Sheryl that whatever happens, we will trust in the great Healer and Protector. I began to ask my family and church family for prayer of healing, and most importantly that Gods will be done. I want to thank all of you who have prayed, supported us, and offered practical help to me and Sheryl. Turning to God and trusting in him is a decision one never regrets. In Isaiah 40:28-29, I read Dont you know? Havent you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He doesnt grow tired or weary. His understanding is beyond human reach, giving power to the tired and reviving the exhausted. I believe in a God that is more than capable of seeing me through this coming period of my life. The doctor was very surprised to see that at 45 years old I had a disease that was more common among men over 65. He felt that my condition was more advanced and the tumor in my hip was just the beginning of many in my body. Along with chemo I was going to need radiation to bring my condition under control. Yet, when the CAT scan was done it only showed the one tumor in my hip, and that my condition was in a much earlier stage than was originally thought. I could only thank my Lord for such a merciful beginning. God began his healing process from that moment for it was that one tumor that alerted me to go see the physician in the first place and it allowed for the cancer to be detected early and still be treatable. I still had cancer but radiation treatments would not be necessary all I could just do is say, Praise God. For 6 months I underwent chemo infusions along with maintenance chemo pills. I was still able to maintain a full work schedule and it kept my mind off the stresses of my medical situation. During my Chemo treatments I began to feel more tired, and weak. I began to feel like cancer was slowly winning, and I must admit being optimistic became harder and harder. I took all my pills and went to all my chemo appointments trusting that God was in complete control. Still all these treatments kept wearing me down. I began to feel discouraged with what was happening me. I found a verse in the Bible that expressed my feelings. In Psalms 42:10 -11I read With my bones crushed, my foes make fun of me, constantly questioning me: Wheres your God Now? Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed? Hope in God! Because I will again give him thanks, my saving presence and my God. Despite my circumstances the Bible taught me that my hope should be in God and not on my limited understanding of my circumstances. God has it all under control for my good. I also read in Matthew 8:23-26 how the disciples were afraid of a storm they were facing, and how scared they were forgetting that Jesus was in the mist of the storm with them. When they finally turned to Christ asking for help Jesus said, Why are you afraid? I began to realize that God is greater than any situation I faced and knowing that he is in control kept me from becoming paralyzed with fear of what my future may hold. My cancer was still progressing and my Doctor recommended a bone marrow transplant and referred me to an expert in this field. It was in May of 2013 that I met the hematologist who w