Sunday, December 3, 2017

Support Asher!


Friends, cardmakers, prayer warriors, I desperately need your help, please read.  PLEASE help me lift a dear couple who are friends and coworkers of my husband, Miranda and Dustin, and their son Asher.  Asher was born at just 24 weeks last year, under 2 pounds.  After several months in the hospital, he was finally able to come home.  You can read about their journey earlier getting him strong and healthy to leave the hospital in the months after he was born on her blog: www.bigboyasher.com It was such a privilege to read her daily updates as they celebrated each small milestone and every ounce he gained! (I need tissues every time I read the letter on the first page they wrote for him after he was born.) Since then, he’s always had the health challenges a micropreemie faces in early development, but otherwise a sweet, happy boy, just like his name.  Then, a few months ago, he had a fall which prompted them to do a brain scan, just to be on the safe side. Unexpectedly, the scan showed a mass in his brain, unrelated to the fall.  Surgery to remove it revealed several more tumors that did not show up in the scan, and the biopsy revealed cancer. He is now 18 months old. The doctors are offering virtually no hope of recovery with treatment, and that his time is most likely short. That is really all the detail I can provide here, but they know I am sharing this. No advice or referrals needed as they've explored everything available thoroughly, but they are hoping for a miracle. Understandably, Miranda has not been able to update the blog  in awhile (as they have been getting second , third opinions,  spending every moment they can enjoying their time with him, celebrating Christmas early, etc) but it will give you an idea of their hearts and faith. Both being employed by the same company, huge medical bills and needing time off is also adding up, although the company and its employees have been amazing in donating their vacation time etc.  They just don’t know the extent of what their expenses will be or when they will able to get back to their jobs.  Three way YOU can help, anything is welcome and appreciated: 1. PRAYERS.  Please pray for blessings on this family and MIRACULOUS healing for Asher. Wisdom, comfort and peace in the days to come. That this family time is sweet. For God to reveal Himself in a mighty way.  The family  is also having a prayer vigil tonight at their church at 6PM and know that will feel the love and support of *every one* of your prayers. And keep praying! 2. CARDS. You can send me a private message if you would like to send a card or note to encourage his parents, and I will reply with their address. Thank you in advance for doing this, our wonderful cardmaking community always comes through! 3.  FINANCIALLY: Paul and I have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds for every one of MY stamp sets sold in the month of December to this family. You can find ALL my sets available for purchase here: http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/category.sc?categoryId=32 There is ALSO a paypal link on Miranda’s blog which I shared above if you prefer to donate that way.

We as parents have just been heartbroken for them as we’ve learned each devastating development and cannot imagine what they are going through, but are always humbled and inspired by their strong faith, hope, and gratitude, which has always been bigger than their circumstances. Miranda and Dustin are the kindest, most positive people, and know that Asher is already a miracle baby for what he has been able to overcome and every day he’s been in their lives has been a joy and blessing, always trusting God’s perfect plan for his and their lives. Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share this info within your circles with all who would help and pray, or may be going though the same struggles! #prayforasher #godcandoanything

3 comments:

Bobbi Miller said...

Melanie, I am so very sorry to hear of little Asher's struggles. I can only imagine how difficult this is for his parents, and for you as well. I would absolutely love to participate in sending a card, and I will add Asher, and his Mom and Dad to my church's prayer chain. God gives blessings when all else seems lost, and I hope that in some way, this will be a comfort. Please let me know how I can help.

Diana E. said...

MELANIE.....I WANTED TO HELP WITH A SMALL DONATION BUT HER BLOG DID NOT RESPOND AND I CAN UNDERSTAND THIS. CAN I SEND IT TO YOU OR WHAT ? PLEASE HELP RE THIS. I KNOW THE DONATION WON'T BE OUTSTANDING, BUT EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP !

Anne said...

Diana E, I just clicked the link and it took me to PayPal. I was able to make a donation. Do you have a PayPal account? Good luck!