The Meredith Miracle
Organized by: Dwight Bailey Jr.
Showers of Blessings (Ezekiel 34:26)
February 24, 2017
For such a time as this . . . This past May, one my dearest friend’s 46 year-young wife, Debby, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer & lymph node issues. This was an unbelievable shock to Steve and Debby as they have always eaten healthy, been active and never overweight. Her recommended treatment was chemo with radiation, surgery, followed by heavy chemo for an additional 6 months. They were pointed in the direction of a tremendous 12 month process. Upon doing their own extensive research, they asked the oncologist to validate whether or not the drug and procedures that they were recommending truly killed over 50% within a year. Sadly, the doctor’s answer was, “yes”. They soon discovered that even more suffered from secondary infections, mostly pneumonia, though these cases are often unreported in the statistics. They recently learned of two other people diagnosed with the same cancer as Debby, who unfortunately had since passed away.
With much prayer, research and Godly counsel, they decided to forego the traditional path of treatment and follow a foods & plant based approach with the addition of supplements (enzymes, probiotics, juicing, essential oils, minerals, etc.), which has proven to work for many. This helped shrink the tumor a little and get rid of a liver spot. During this time, Debby needed three blood transfusions caused by severe episodes of bleeding. The bleeding caused more risk than they could take if continuing on their original path. October 10th another scan revealed no additional reduction in the tumor, and a new concern in the lymph node area. Steve and Debby opted for surgery which would require the removal of the lymph nodes and a permanent colostomy bag. That surgery will forever change their lives. A second surgery was required on October 20th to remove more of Debby’s colon, which was not receiving blood circulation, and to redo the stoma for the colostomy bag.
This is where most of us would think the worse has already been told, but there is more. Steve and Debby have three beautiful children––ages 9, 13 and 15. They are home schooled and very active in sports and their church youth group. Not only is this a very difficult time for Steve, when he wants nothing more than to care for Debby, his kids, and hold down the many responsibilities required in his home, but Debby is very concerned about his health as well. In April, just three weeks before her diagnosis, he received four heart stents. The doctors were shocked that he was still alive as he had a 100% blocked widow maker artery in addition to three additional blockages, one 80% and two 70%. This will be a long road for their family. Debby will need some form of additional specialty chemo treatment, possibly local, or perhaps in AZ, along with care over the next 6-12 months. He needs to be present for her and the children in every possible way now more than ever before. When I spoke with them the day they decided Debby would have surgery, in tears, they expressed concern for how they would care for themselves in order to get through this season with the hope that their children would have at least on parent.
Steve and Debby have sought wise counsel from six pastors/elders from four churches, and all have recommended that he take a medical leave from his job. As the Director of Business Operations and teacher at a newer Christian school, unfortunately, he does not currently have such a benefit offered by his job. Upon meeting with his boss last week, he was in complete agreement that Steve’s greatest priority right now must be to take care of his family. Last Friday was his last day of employment.
The Meredith's never imagined they would be in this place in their lives and this is where those of us who love them can come alongside and help. I am asking you to prayerfully consider asking God to lead you in giving a generous gift to Steve and Debby to help them during this season. I am also asking you to considering asking others that you know if they would be willing to partner with this amazing family as well.
If 60 people give $1,000 . . .
If 600 people give $100 . . .
Their financial need would be met for the foreseeable future. Will you join Jeanine and me as we give toward this gift of life!
My wife, Jeanine, and I are honored to organize this campaign on their behalf. All funds are set up to go directly into Steve and Debby's personal Savings account at Wells Fargo Bank.
Many have asked for other methods for providing a gift:
- Mail directly to Steve and Debby Meredith - PO Box 155, Wake Forest, NC 27588
- Wells Fargo Bank Direct Deposit: Savings Account #5384891478 - You can walk into any branch or complete an electronic transfer
- Crowdrise.com (Fees): Unfortunately they pull at heart strings and ask you to pay fees. Please know you can elect not to cover the fees of ~9%. Crowdrise won't charge their own 5.9% service fee & ONLY the additional credit card 2.9% +.30c on donations up to $999 is charged. This is how they guarantee a generous 97% yield. They don't share this fine print option for you to deny to cover the fees, so consider it. They do not waive their Fees for donations at/of $1000 or greater.
*We'll reduce the campaign goal amount on Crowdrise as other methods used are received.