Webster's Dictionary defines the word repurpose as : to change (something) so it can be used for a different purpose.
So...5 years ago one of my daughter's friends, Victoria, had the unexpected happen to her. It happened to a sweet, innocent child. It impacted her life and the life of her two amazing parents. I asked Victoria's mom if she would share a little bit about their experience...
"I was asked to share a story with you concerning something many of my friends didn’t even know. I won the lottery 5 years ago. I had been playing it every day since 2004 when my daughter ,Victoria, was born so my odds at this point were pretty decent. ..1 in 226. What or how much did I win you may ask?...My daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer.
You see, not all lotteries are good to win. I never even knew I was playing it honestly, until the dreaded announcement. No signs or symptoms. Just a single event and my world as I knew it changed overnight. I have several facebook friends who have won the lottery too. They didn’t wish to play it either.
Are you playing the lottery? Do you have children? If so then yes, you too could possibly be the next winner but I so truly pray you do not. In fact, I hope to see the day when no other family ever has to accept the winning golden ticket. If I did win the real billion dollar lottery, I would give it all up just to have my daughter not to have had to go through all she has.
Each day 43 children draw the ticket and childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. The cure rate (of only 5 years) is 80% which means if a child gets cancer at 5, they are considered cured at 10years. If they relapse after that, it is still considered a cure. Many of the drugs and treatments go on to cause lifelong health issues like cataracts, growth issues, hormones issues, and …..even other NEW KINDS OF CANCER! Yeah for the “cure” right?
Winning this lottery has taught me what things in life really do matter. It is not what car one drives, or what one does for a living. It is not how one looks or ages. It is not anything material or tangible. What matters in life is what we do with each day we have. Many times I have thought, “Lord, you could have given Victoria to any other parent at any other time, yet you chose me. You don’t make mistakes and you knew before ever creating her the path we would take. “ As much as I love my daughter, He loves her even more, just as He love us. Raising her to know the love of the Lord and show that love daily to others is what matters.
I don’t know what tomorrow may bring. I know other families will win a game they never knew they even played. I know the path has been hard but I am a better person because of Victoria. She is my hero. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month….Go Gold to increase awareness and show support to those who won this lottery."
Victoria is a repurpose. She changed. She changed several times. She changed physically and she changed spiritually. She changed to be used as a different purpose. Whether that purpose was to make people like me hold my kids even closer, whether it was to be an example to others, or whether it was for God to use her in an amazing way...she changed to be used for a different purpose.
I wish that this sweet child could have been changed a different way, but God has reasons that we do not know. She is an example to so many and is an amazing witness.
September is childhood cancer awareness month. Victoria is a miracle. There can be so many other miracles as well. Justin and I want to take this opportunity to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. If you have a loved one who has or is experiencing childhood cancer, or... just want to help make another miracle happen please click on the hyperlink above in the pictures or go donate on the childhood cancer site.
Have a childhood cancer story to share? Please share in the comments below. Prayers will be lifted your way.
My Repurpose for today: To remember the definition of "repurpose."
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