Writer. Mom. Daydreamer. Dog's Best Friend.
Marisa Vanderveen needs you. She needs you today while you wash the dishes or check the mail. She needs you when you tuck your kids into bed tonight and think of her kissing her three young children good night. She needs you when you look at your spouse and realize how thankful you are that they are healthy and well. She won’t take much time, I promise.
But…she needs you. She needs you to pray because she is fighting for her life.
Marisa plays many roles. She is a loving wife to Mendelt and mother to three small children. She is an amazing basketball player and can make a piano sing.
And Marisa has cancer.
If you missed it, and I hope you didn’t, her husband Mendelt wrote a letter to cancer on Easter in which he and Marisa served notice to her disease that because of Jesus Christ, their victory is already won. “Dear Cancer” is powerful, courageous and inspiring. If you have not read it, go do so now.
Then, as the every day moments of your life today ebb and flow pray for Marisa. She begins her third round of chemotherapy today. Pray that it will be effective and that her body be spared the violent side effects. Pray that her courage and faith will not wane. Pray for her husband. Pray for her kids. Forward this post to everyone on your e-mail list and ask them to do the same.
Let us all join our hearts today to pray for a miracle for Marisa.
Updated Post, 12-05-07 “Dear Cancer: This Is Not The End”