Requesting Prayers for a Christmas Miracle

I have an urgent prayer request from anybody and everybody. Our good friends, Matt and Carrie Silver, are experiencing something no parent should ever have to. Their 3-year-old son, Ian, was just diagnosed with leukemia. Yesterday they were waiting to find out if it was ALL or ALM (two different types of leukemia which require two different treatment regimens) and this morning he was to have surgery to insert a central line for chemotherapy and a routine spinal tap to see if the cancer has affected the nervous system.

In the midst of all this, however, read what Matt wrote:

We’re finding an inexpressible peace in the middle of all of this chaos. Our lives are radically different today, tomorrow, and in the future but they are in God’s care. Today feels better than yesterday because we are able to deal with more certainty. The medical staff we are dealing with are nothing short of phenomenal. These people LOVE KIDS and are LOVE Ian. Post marrow test, our little hero has not complained about any pain and ran the nurse ragged. She brought him (per his request) three popsicles and two bowls of Fruit Loops.

Yesterday Matt and Carrie asked for these prayers:

– Accurate findings to determine the type of Leukemia
– A good night’s sleep through the night.
– A successful surgery in the morning (spinal tap, chemo tube insertion)
– That he responds well to treatment and we get out of here ASAP
– Nathan (their toddler) feels the love from his family as he need’s to adjust as well

This morning’s surgery was dependent on which type of cancer it is. Said surgery has been cancelled because the labs came back as positive for both ALL and ALM. They are awaiting results of further testing and are praying it is not bi-phenomyopic leukemia, which “would be much harder to treat, is less curable, has higher rates of relapse and as the doc said “is a harder up hill battle”.

I know this is a horrible time for Matt and Carrie, but their faith and reliance on God is so inspiring. My heart hurts for them and there’s a knot in the pit of my stomach. Yet at the same time there is a peace in knowing they have put it all in God’s hands.

Please pray for Matt, Carrie, Nathan, and especially Ian. A Christmas miracle would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Carpool Queen on December 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Jen – Thanks for letting us know how to pray -S.

  2. His Girl on December 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    yes, of course will pray. ugh. so rotten- glad they have Him.

  3. Lynilu on December 25, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Consider it done.

  4. Monnik on December 28, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Definitely sending up some prayers for your friends and their family.

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