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Touched by a Child

I’ve been feeling a bit tenderhearted lately for various reasons, but this is one of those things that has moved me.

Sunday we watched an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring the Byers family of Oregon which apparently aired opposite the Super Bowl (Cheese Fest ’08!) as well. Their little girl Jenessa had fought cancer before, but it had returned. She was such a charming articulate 8-year-old girl, and when they said that the cancer was now in her bones, I was overcome with sadness. I think because whenever I have lost someone to cancer, the bones was always the indicator that the end was near. That show is always tear-jerking, but I sobbed more than once.

They had mentioned that the little girl made videos and posted them to her website to help other kids with cancer. After the program was over, I naturally went to find it only to learn that she had passed away just this past December 28.

That family may never know the impact that they have had on people, not just me, but others too. Seeing the love spilled out and their great faith has inspired this household to shine a little brighter.

What’s more, her nickname was “Boey”, just like the song I wrote about below that has been stuck in my head. So perfectly orchestrated as a reminder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwfZZX5E4I

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