I would like to introduce you to Phoebe Fair. Isn't she beautiful? She's 2 and 1/2 years old. The youngest of 4 to missionaries Nathan and Amey Fair. And she was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor at Children's Medical Center Dallas.
I learned of this family through my dear friend, Joy. It seems Joy's cousin is married to Amey's sister. Joy thought I might want to read their CaringBridge site (www.caringbridge.org/visit/phoebefair) and even reach out to this family. She was right. I looked over their site and immediately left a message with my email address, letting them know we'd be happy to speak with them if they wanted to. Phoebe's father, Nathan, responded with his cell phone. I called him last Wednesday night.
During our conversation, Nathan had asked for more details about Gavin's specific type of cancer. I explained that it was AT/RT and told him a bit about that type of cancer. I explained that Jeff and I would be in Dallas this weekend (a stay-cation of sorts to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary) and that we'd gladly come talk with them if they would like to.
Later that same night I received an email from Nathan. The pathology report had come in for Phoebe's tumor. Phoebe had been diagnosed with AT/RT as well. He and Amey would love to meet with us if we had time. My stomach turned as I read the news. What are the odds? AT/RT is so rare. Yet, a friend sent me the CaringBridge site for this family. I happened to check it out that same day and leave a message. The father happened to respond immediately. And I told this father about AT/RT just hours before he finds out that his precious daughter also has AT/RT.
Jeff and I met with Nathan and Amey earlier today up at Children's. To say that they are a sweet family is a terrible understatement. They recently returned from Mexico, where they had served as missionaries for a few years. They are in between assignments, so they have no home. They are currently looking to rent something in the Dallas area, preferably as close to Children's as possible. If you know of resources to help this family out, could you please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP? Please put Phoebe in the subject line.I'll forward the information along to them.
As awful as it was to meet this family under these circumstances, we all agreed that we felt God had his hand in our meeting. We've been there. We get it. All too well. And we're willing to help them navigate the new journey as much as possible to help ease their way.
2 Corinthians 1:4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Please join us in praying for a full healing for sweet Phoebe. You can see their CaringBridge site by going to www.caringbridge.org/visit/phoebefair. If you've never visited CaringBridge, you have to set up a password to get onto the site. No big deal. Please don't let that hinder you. I have also added a link to the left side of my blog, under the heading "pray for these." I know you all are an amazing group of prayer warriors!