Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Light the Night and Other Cancer-related News

Last Friday night our whole family went to walk in the Light the Night Walk in the downtown historic district of Savannah.  We had Team Carpenter put together, and Bobby was the Honored Hero for this year's walk.  Our team had set a goal of raising $1,000, and we actually raised more than $1,500.  Praise the Lord!  Eric's mom, Charlotte, walked with us, and so did our friends Bobby and Jessica Auner, with their three kids, Jessica's sister Julie with her baby, and our friend Heather Upton with her son Robert and his friend Jake.  It was really beautiful looking out over Forsyth Park filled with lighted balloons.  The red balloons were carried by people who are supporters, family members, and fundraisers of cancer patients.  The white balloons were carried by cancer patients and survivors.  The gold balloons were the ones that really got me.  They were carried by people walking in memory of a loved one or friend who has lost the fight with cancer.

After a brief program at the park, we headed north out of the park and walked a two-mile route through the historic district of Savannah, lighting the night and raising awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  More than 2,000 people walked!  We are already planning Team Carpenter for next year.....

Another cancer-related story:  We have some dear friends here, the Peavy family, whom we know through the homeschool co-op.  I have taught (and am currently teaching) their son, Joshua at co-op and taught him piano, and I currently teach their daughter Lydia piano. (She and Mary are friends, too.)   I have met their church's assistant pastor, Matt Fray, a few times, and was part of a Boy Scout Eagle Board of Review for Josh along with him.  Matt's wife Erin gave birth to their third child last Tuesday, on then on Friday she found out she has breast cancer.  Their two older children are only 3 1/2 and 2.  They are recording their experiences at a blog called Joy in the Journey.  Please pray for them.

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