On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Loss of an Angel

I can't even begin to express the heartache that I am feeling right now with the news of the loss of a champion.

Jake Griggs passed away last night after his brave battle against Osteosarcoma.

 Eric and I had the opportunity to meet Jake and his mom Leisa after learning that Jake was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  Jake was a quiet guy, but you could tell that he had a very special spirit about him.  Like all kids who have the terrifying ordeal to face cancer, you take one day at a time.  Jake had many odds against him from the beginning, but was a fighter.

 I received the call from Leisa tonight and I knew from the beginning that it was not good.  Any parent can tell you that their greatest fear is to lose a child and any parent would take their childs  place to protect them and shield them from any pain.  Instead as a parent with a child diagnosed with cancer your role is to stand by your child, pray for your child and do everything in your power to make sure that your child has a fighting chance. 

It is the most terrifying thing to face, but having the chance to raise these special gifts from Heavenly Father is so rewarding.  I know the Griggs family has cherished the time they spent with Jake and the lessons they learned from his short time here on earth and will never forget the pure love they felt as they said goodbye
It is hard to understand why the ones we love so much and bring into this world that we have to say goodbye for now.  My heart breaks for the pain of the Griggs family.  Please pray for them.

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