I had a friend sent me this story today. He’s a man of strong Christian fiber and found this story to be compelling enough to pass it along to me and some others whom he knows can relate, on a limited basis, to the trials the man featured in this article is up against. The fact is, any of us who have lost a loved one or a family member can relate to some degree. However, this man’s story carries the grief and burden to a whole other level. It is a long, two part article but well worth the read. Not to worry, it is not over-the-top, heavy handed, Christian-bent article. It does, however, explain the importance that a strong Christian upbringing has played in the process of Chad’s learning to deal with the weight he has to carry.
The article can be found at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40094048/ns/health-health_care
Chad’s blog, describing his journey and the efforts to keep his brother’s significant sacrifice alive can be found at http://cometoofar.com/
I find myself able to relate to these brothers passion for each other through the similar situation I share with my daughter, though on a much smaller scale. And when I say a much smaller scale I am referring to my ability to assist in her situation than what Ryan was able to do for his brother. As a child with a heart defect she periodically needs surgery. As a parent I am otherwise helpless in the process except for the fact that I share her blood type. As any parent would, it is without hesitation that I willingly offer my blood for her when surgery becomes necessary. Like most I would offer all the blood that flows through me to offer her the opportunity to live a full and complete life. I know this isn’t possible but it doesn’t lessen the desire I harbor to do everything in my power to help her. If it came down to it, could you do what Ryan did for his brother, Chad?