I come to you today with a heavy burden and an aching heart. Last week, our friends and neighbors (across the street from us), son Grant (age 2) was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. It is a fatal disease and right now there is no cure. This disease slowly attacks the muscular system ultimately taking away Grant's ability to walk, his arm function and more. As you can imagine this is devastating news to this family. I am asking that you will come together with me, as a body of Christ, and pray for this family - The Meermann's - Heinrick, Heather, Dresden (6) & Grant (2).
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to you right now, grateful for today, as we know there is no guarantee for tomorrow. We pray that every day, we are reminded of how precious life is and that our time on this earth is a gift.
We lift up The Meermann family to you and the journey they are facing. We pray that You will provide them with undeniable peace in this storm.
Lord, use us, as a body of Christ, to come together and reveal Your grace to this family. You are the hope they need to battle this fatal disease.
We pray for their hearts and eyes to be opened to the love of our savior Jesus Christ. We lift up their strength and determination to fight for a cure for this disease.
Lastly, Lord, we pray for baby Grant, may you use his story to impact others. Provide him with a zest for life that is magnetic. Use him to make a difference in the world.
In His Holy Name,
If you have said this prayer, please leave a comment for this family encouraging them. And then forward this on to your friends and family asking for their prayers. Let's come together to make a difference in this family's life. Thank you for your prayers.
From the heart of a mother - this e-mail was sent from Heather, last week - My Dear Friends, I have some very sad news to share. As many of you know little Grant was delayed in his speech and has been in speech therapy. We still struggle to understand him, but he has made progress. Last Thursday, one of the ladies evaluating him noticed how defined his calf muscles were. We had always thought he just had nice calf muscles. But the lady seemed overly concerned and asked us to check with our doctor. I...of course...immediately went home and began web searching (calf muscle + language delay) and found that a horrible disease...Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy kept coming up. It is a rare disease and thought it was a long shot...but I just couldn't get it out of my mind... so Heinrich took Grant to the doctor last Friday to have a CK test run. Just to rule it out. The doctor did not seemed overly concerned, but decided to refer us to a pediatric specialist. Even the specialist didn't seem overly concerned and thought his calves were not out of line with his body type. (He has always been a little stocky) He agreed to run the test anyway...just to ease our fears. We got the results late yesterday. Normal levels for kids and adults are around 50-190 U/L. Grant's levels were over 24,000 U/L. I know all indications are leaning towards the worst. I am asking all my friends and family to pray (to whatever God you believe in) for a Miracle. He is my baby. I am so sorry to let everyone know about this through email, but I am so emotionally and physically drained I don't have the energy to call. Please just pray for us (and any other families affected by childhood disease). I will be in touch soon. Love to you all,