Anna's 13.1 for the Fenimore's!
Organized by: Anna McGuire
At the age of fourteen, I was given the privilege to meet the one and only Nate and Lisa Fenimore. Nate and Lisa are the epitome of creativity and courage. From their fierce love for Jesus to their selfless love for each other and their two kiddos, they choose to follow the voice of God above all other voices. Their journey began to take several unexpected turns in November of 2014. While faithfully following the call of God on their lives, Lisa received a diagnosis that would dramatically shift the next year of her life. Words that no one wants to hear any doctor share became her reality: "you have cancer." Hodgkin's lymphoma to be exact. Hodgkins lymphoma is a blood cancer. For the next seven months, Lisa fought both fear and cancer with total dependance on Jesus and his goodness. And by God's grace, she's celebrating one year cancer free. Weeks before celebrating Lisa being 365 days cancer free, Nate and Lisa received more news that was entirely unexpected: Nate was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. The pituitary tumor sits on the base of his brain, and it measures 2.4cm x 2.6cm x 3.2cm. The pituitary glad controls a lot; it's considered the "master gland" in your body. The tumor is large and must be surgically removed. There's a specialist in Boston that will perform the removal of the tumor. From Hodgkin's Lymphoma to a brain tumor, Nate and Lisa have resolved not to throw in the towel. Rather, to run their race with the wind in their face. They have poured so much into my life over the last seven years, I want to do the same for them. Back in April I made the decision to run a half marathon. One morning in my appointment time with God, I read, "All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize." 1 Corinthians 9:25. Although my half-marathon isn't spiritual race, I felt the Lord lay on my heart that morning to make it one--to run for a purpose that won't fade after I cross the finish line. Rather, to run for a purpose that will have eternal impact. As I asked God was that purpose would be, he immediately laid Nate and Lisa on my heart. Several flights that they'll have to take to and from Boston, hotels while there, medications, and hospital bills can add up to so much. The last thing I want for the Fenimore's is for weight of finances to get in the way of prioritizing their health and recovery. So, that's where WE come in. Pick a dollar amount on the board, and 100% of that money will go to them! Whether you choose to give the $1 or the $50, every dollar helps. Not only will you help Nate and Lisa, but you will help me run for a crown that doesn't fade, but has real life and eternal impact.