This little man is Asher.
Asher belongs to some close friends of ours. He’s six. He’s one of Thing 2’s buddies. Asher is full of energy… full of smiles… and he can do flips on a trampoline better than any teenage gymnast can pull off. He can rope and help drive tractors and build amazing creations out of Legos. He laughs constantly, he plays in the dirt, and he can run faster than members of the local high school track team.
We like Asher.
We like him a lot.
Asher and his family have been halfway across the United States this month, as his dad took a short job there to train some horses for a client. Asher’s entire family went along, because you can do that when you’re homeschooled. Your mama can just pack school up, and BOOM! Off you go! You get to do your math and reading on the road.
Last week, Asher was riding a bum calf, rodeo-style, and he took a fall. At first, his mom and dad thought he was alright… and then they wondered if maybe he hadn’t cracked a rib or something. A little later, Asher really started to hurt, so his folks took him in to see a doctor.
The doctor guessed that Asher was bleeding internally. He was immediately sent for a CT scan, and guess what? He wasn’t bleeding internally, but he had a spot on one of his kidneys that the doctors thought might be a hematoma.
… a big group of doctors got together to look at Asher’s CT scan, and they shook their heads in sadness, because they decided it wasn’t a hematoma.
They decided that Asher had a tumor on his kidney.
As it turned out, those doctors were exactly right, and Asher, who is just six years old, got a diagnosis of CANCER on Friday.
The good news in all of this is that further testing seems to be indicating right now that Asher’s cancer hasn’t spread. For that, we rejoice!
The better news is simply this: HOW GOOD IS OUR GOD? He brought a little boy from Small Town, USA… took him halfway across our continent… and had him take a tumble off a bum calf… and the tumor growing on his kidney was found.
We’re all hoping that it was found early enough that Asher is going to bounce back very, VERY quickly.
Asher is going to have surgery first thing tomorrow morning, which will be followed by chemotherapy. He’s going to lose that kidney and that tumor, and I know that his mama and daddy (Paul and Amber) would covet your prayers tonight and tomorrow. He’s understandably a scared little six-year-old, as he faces a big procedure tomorrow. His parents love Jesus with all their hearts, and so does Asher. So please… would you take a few minutes to just stop and pray for our little buddy? Our prayers have been thanking God for this little buck off of the calf… and that God will use this fall as a genuine miracle to catch a cancerous tumor early enough.