Today was the start of our radio station’s 2 day radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network and their programs at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
I’ll be honest. My 5 hour radio show was a mix of emotions. I heard some heartbreaking stories… but I also heard wonderful stories of the good that Children’s Miracle Network does. I saw first hand some of the successes they’ve had.
One of those success was a little boy named Carver who brought his Mom into the studio so she could tell his story. Their introduction to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital came before Carver was even born.
When his Mom was 20 weeks pregnant they discovered Carver had a heart problem and would need surgery soon after being born. He had the surgery at 6 days old and ended up spending 33 days in the hospital.
Today, at nearly two years old, you’d never know he had any heart trouble. He’s a happy, healthy boy with the biggest smile! The best part? He’s to the point where he only needs an annual check-up to make sure things are all right. It melted my heart to hear his story and to see him in person.
The thing about Carver’s story (besides his smile) that struck me was the courage and faith it must have taken his parents to get to this point. To go through half the pregnancy knowing your baby would need surgery had to be excruciating.
I also heard stories today of kids with cancer talking about their treatments. One 12 year old boy spoke with such positivity about his fight with cancer. There was a certain tone in his voice and the way he spoke that gave off the feeling of courage and confidence. If faced with a similar struggle I don’t know if I could be as poised as he was.
On my drive home as I was reflecting on the day and all the stories I had heard. The word “courage” kept popping into my mind and it reminded me of Joshua 1:9(NIV).
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This verse was basis of a song our Church used for our Kid’s Club program. I’m sure it will play in my head a few times tomorrow during day two of our radiothon.