Sharing JED Sharing faith and outdoors with terminally ill children
s do all young couples, Josh and Lori Harper likely went through a learning curve upon
being blessed with the birth of their son, Jedidiah. But the new addition to their family was well worth the sudden changes in their lives.
With time, sleeping patterns were set and what were first considered as adjustments became everyday motions. Their son was growing and the future was looking bright. The Harpers epitomized the happy family.
But three years later, Josh and Lori were devastated when Jedidiah was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a rare and aggressive muscle cancer. The youngster spent several stints in the hospital, undergoing two surgeries and 24 chemo treatments.
A minister, Josh was acutely aware that faith the size of a mustard seed could move mountains. He and his wife are also human, and not knowing the fate of their son was a huge load to bear. In turn, the parents and a plethora of concerned friends and family prayed vigorously for the healing of this young boy .
At the end of treatment came the much anticipated scan — the result of Jedidiah's treatments. And one can only imagine the overwhelming joy when the doctor shared his findings. Their son was cancer free.
Although a huge burden had been lifted from Josh and Lori, they still felt a sense of heavy heartedness. Their thoughts remained with those families still at the Children's Hospital, fighting this dreadful disease. There was only one thing to do — focus on helping others.
The Harpers had been blessed with friends and family who pulled together and hosted a benefit during their difficult times. Aware all of the funds had not been depleted, Josh and Lori, graciously used the remaining $8,000 they had been gifted to follow their convictions.