Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Join us for the 2012 Walk for Payne -- 11/17/2012

On November 17, 2012, from 8:00 to 11:00 am, the Vilonia High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta will hold the second Walk for Payne at the VHS track. This event is held in honor of VHS senior Angela Payne, who has battled cancer since the 8th grade.

The past two years, Angela began the school year with her classmates, full of hope that each would be the first "normal" year since her battle began. Her junior year, she reported to school with a cancer-free diagnosis, only to learn the disease struck again after a few weeks of classes. The first Walk for Payne was put together by her friends and classmates to raise her spirits and show support just before she began an arduous regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.

This year, she again began school, full of hope and dreams of completing her senior year as a healthy senior. Only a short few weeks into the year, her health began to fade once again. This time it wasn't a recurrence of cancer, but side effects from the chemo and radiation that pulled her out of class. A blockage in her intestines was robbing her body of nutrients necessary to maintain her health. She lost weight and energy and finally had to retreat from daily attendance at school.
"And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. " -- James 5:15

Throughout her battle, Angela and her family have kept their faith in Christ. Though I didn't know Angela when the cancer was first discovered, I had taught her sister the year before. When I learned what the family was going through, I watched in amazement at their strength and faith as the battle unfolded. She and her family were true witnesses of God's love and power, drawing their strength through Christ, never wavering in their faith as they fought for Angela's health.

Though her fight isn't over, she's beaten back the cancer and now faces a lesser threat. Just last night, she joined other students from the Vilonia Fellowship of Christian Athletes on a local outing. Just seeing her there was an inspiration to me and many others, evidence that faith and prayer really can overcome situations that seem hopeless. Now she's facing another surgery.

The good news is the cancer isn't back! She remains cancer-free. The bad news is she has to go back under the knife, this time to remove a blockage from her intestines.

Last year, this event lifted her spirits just before she began another long, difficult battle in her war with cancer. This year, the event will be held right before she goes in for surgery again. Though the upcoming fight is not as serious and much less threatening, we hope this event will once again lift her spirits and build her strength her for the battle ahead.

We invite you to join us as we Walk for Payne on November 17th! You can register online or register the day of the event. The first 100 participants who donate $25 or more will receive a t-shirt to commemorate the event. If you can't join us, you can still register as a virtual walker and add your name to the roll of those who support this inspiring young lady.

All proceeds from the event will go to Angels for Angela, a project founded by Angela to provide brightly colored pillowcases to young cancer patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Angela says these bring color and hope to young children who face an uncertain future, trapped in the drab environs of a hospital room.

So join us, at the track or virtually, to show your support for Angela in her ongoing battle. Thanks in advance!

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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