Today's Wordful Wednesday is my mom's Godson, Daniel.
Daniel was diagnosed with leukemia on Christmas Day, 2008. He is 14 years old. He was perfectly healthy until Christmas week, when they thought he had the flu. He could barely get out of bed Christmas morning, and instead of being excited over Christmas and opening gifts that morning, he lay quietly on the couch and shortly thereafter went back to bed. He was taken to the hospital Christmas Day, and after some initial blood work was air-lifted to the Stollery Children's Hospital here in Edmonton for his official diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
He has since spent much time here in the Stollery. He and his mom have stayed with my parents when they come for treatments, or sometimes they stay at the Ronald McDonald House. He is currently undergoing a very intense chemo regimen, the one that will start the loss of his hair. There is a lot of support in the way of expenses and accommodations but his parents are going through a nasty divorce and his home life was already tension-filled before this diagnosis.
There is a wonderful group dedicated to connecting people in need of a spirit boost and those willing to send to that person. It could be as simple as a home made card. A teddy bear. A baseball cap for that soon to be bald head. A book. A souvenier from your city perhaps.
Spirit Jump has graciously sent out requests for a spirit jump for Daniel. I'm hoping that living in Canada won't deter people too much. It really doesn't cost any more to send here.
Please contact Spirit Jump if you want to be notified about people in need. And grab their button from their side bar.
If any of my regular visitors / friends would like to participate, I can pass along his address.
Your prayers would be much appreciated too!! Please keep Daniel and his family in your heart.