Joey's story of fighting brain cancer, for the 3rd time in her life, was told to me in early November, 2012. I had her name added to a few prayer chains and prayed for her and her husband, Kevin myself. Over these past few months she has been receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland. Joey and Kevin have both left their jobs during this time of treatment and recovery. Friends, family and co-workers have been supporting and cheering them on all the way. But in these tough times we tend to forget that even though the power of prayer is amazing and the best gift God has given us to use, there is this necessity we need to keep going ... and that necessity is funds. I am not one to lead fundraisers so much, use facebook or any other social network to ask for donations, likes, shares, or anything beyond what is on my mind or heart that can just be said, and, or talked about. But in Joey's and Kevin's situation it is a story and situation that touches more than my heart. Most of my facebook friends know about my motorcycle accident, July 22nd, 2010 that changed my life forever. The power of prayer and outpouring of love that surrounded me and came forth was nothing like I ever experienced before. My church set up a fundraiser for me and stocked my freezer full of food for my children and grandchildren living at home. They brought meals to the house for my children and grandchildren and funds were given to help pay bills by the church, the American Legion, VFW, and a few friends. It was a relief and the help was very much appreciated and in time it was slowly depleted ... after 5 months of being away from home in either a hospital, nursing home, and rehab hospital. Not to mention the many operations and medication that I have had over the last 2 1/2 years. Unfortunately the bills kept coming and coming and coming, too much to ask for any additional help with, and too much to put on the conscience of friends, family, co-workers and the church community. I know, and have experienced, what finances can do to a marriage, business, and a relationship. I know the stress and fatigue it can cause and would not wish it on anyone. But with these new social media websites the burden can be shared more easily and reach out to many more people in a much easier way. People don't have to give much, a dollar, ten dollars, a hundred or more ... it all adds up, and the more people that see this the more chance there is to relieve the financial burdens that may fall upon this courageous woman and her loved ones. I should have done this sooner and I am ashamed to say that I got caught up in my own selfish situation/s over the last few months, But I am excited to see that she is doing well and efforts are put forth in helping her and husband Kevin. Like I stated, I don't usually lead in these types of fundraisers, but God has put this in my heart for some reason, and only he knows why, and I need to act upon it. If you have it in your heart, please pray for them, add them to your prayer chains, share this post and website with your friends, and if able ... give what you can to this cause. Together we can make a difference.
You can see more of Joey, Kevin, family and friends here .. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.194596474017463.61245.192394060904371&type=3 ... copy and paste if link does not work. You can keep track of her progress here also.
Her husband Kevin has also posted a link on my facebook page that will take you to the same site. Likes, shares, hugs and donations can be made at either or both sites. I encourage us all to pay it forward, or give it forward in this case, in our lives. We never know when we ourselves may need it.