Saturday, March 18, 2017

Dearest Soldiers...

Dearest Soldiers of Andrew's Army!

We want to express how deeply we are touched by your love and generosity!  I often times catch myself imagining how I would thank each of you personally, what it would be like to hug your neck and thank you for the specific way in which you have blessed us.  It has been our intention and desire to get thank you cards out at some point, but I'm realizing our limitations (we are in survival mode much of the time and any free time we have we try to be purposeful about pouring into the kids).  We pray y'all understand that while you may not get a personal Thank You card, not one prayer, meal, gift, word of encouragement, gift card, fundraiser, monetary donation, meeting needs we didn't even know we had, etc has gone unnoticed or unappreciated.  Instead, your thoughtfulness has been a GIGANTIC source of encouragement, serving as a tangible reminder that God's got this, we are not alone, you are in this battle with us!  God has used you to sustain us like in Philemon 1:7 "Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the 
hearts of the saints."

As we begin our assent of Mt. Everest with God as our Sherpa, we are praying that along this journey, surgery and new medical advancements (specifically PRRT) will be an option for Andrew (big prayers that Andrew's tumors have the necessary receptors to make this treatment an option). PRRT is a treatment that has been very effective in adults with neuroendocrine tumors; however, it is not FDA approved in the US yet (and I don't know that it has ever been done on a child as young as Andrew before); therefore, the treatment is not covered by insurance requiring people to go to Holland, Switzerland, or Germany (where it is approved) which means paying for an expensive treatment, travel to get there, etc. Your generous donations are freeing us to focus on taking the best care of our boy (and the rest of our family) as possible without worrying as much about the financial implications. That is a priceless gift, so please accept our deepest thanks and gratitude! 

P.S.- Thank you also for remembering our girls (Abigail and Grace) through this journey, this is super hard on them too! (((GIANT HUGS)))

Andrew's Army on three...  1-2-3....!!!

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