I'll never forget the first time I ever talked to Meri on the phone. Fred and I were planning a trip to San Fransisco with Elise (who was 2 1/2 at the time), and Meri and I were conspiring to meet up. I remember being nervous and excited to talk to her... after all, this was MERI!
Her voice sounded exactly like I thought it would, sweet, kind and full of smiles. About a month later, I was lucky enough to meet Meri and her entire family. Even luckier still, we were invited to dinner and were fed Ryan's ah-mazing prime rib. The man... he can cook.
Since then, Meri has been a mentor to me. The recipient of many tearful calls, the fielder of even more insane questions. If it hadn't been for her, I think we might have given up on pumping after having such a rough start.
And Meri has been there for not only me, but countless of others struggling with their diabetic life. And she does it with kind words, and smiles. You would never know the heavy burden she carries. Now it's our turn to give back to Meri and her family.
I'm sure by now you know about what Ryan, Meri and her family are facing right now. Cancer. I don't think it needs repeating. But, I did want to contribute a post and put some links up as a reminder to The Schuhmachers that we've got their back.
Today is a day of prayer and fasting for Ryan and Meri. Let your voice be heard. Not only today, not only tomorrow, but until the Schuhmachers have their miracle.
Here are ways that you can help:
If you are one of those facebook-type people, follow this link on over to the Schuhmacher Famiy Miracle page and like it (I think that's the right term...).
If you are able, consider a donation to help Ryan and Meri. Click here for the donation page.
I believe. Join me, won't you?
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