Saturday, March 24, 2012

Prayer needed!

Can y'all do me a favor? Can y'all pray for this beautiful girl?

Ashley comes from an amazing family. I grew up with all of them in church through my teens & early twenties. Her maternal grandparents were some of my biggest role models during that time. They had 5 kids, and Ashley is the daughter of their oldest daughter (second child), Anna. My sister was close to Anna & Rusty (Ashley's dad) through middle & high school. I was closer to her mom's younger sisters, Deborah, Abigail & Rachel (especially Deborah, since we're closest in age). And her mom's oldest brother, Danny, and his wife, Mackenzie, were big role models in youth group for me as well. (Got all that? Haha.)

 (so stinking cute, even on 'tacky day' at school!)

Well, i don't know how it all took place but Ashley ended up in the hospital a few weeks ago. And after many tests, she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia

This means she is going to need a Bone Marrow Transplant. 

They are hoping one of her little brothers will be a match. If so, they will be the donor. Ashley will be going to St. Jude's in a month. Until then, she is having blood transfusions twice a week. She was out of the hospital, but spiked a fever again so she is now back for 3-5 days. She needs your prayers!

 Ashley with her mom and brothers (photo credit)


And for her family. Especially her mom & dad. And brothers. But the extended family as well. 

 Ashley & her little cousin, Canon (photo credit)

I keep remembering when Ashley was about 2. I was at a Bible Study or something at our youth pastor's house when we received news that Ashley had fallen in a pool and was being rushed to the hospital. The details are foggy, but i know that she almost died. I know they thought she wasn't going to make it and that if she did, she would be brain damaged. But we prayed & that little girl pulled through. God healed her. And she has been healthy & whole for the last 12 or so years since then!

But now she's going through this. And i don't know about you, but to me? This seems like a lot for an almost 14 year old girl to go through! She is a great girl, full of kindness & joy, and she loves her Jesus. I know she has faith that He will get her through!


-Pray some more!
-Visit Ashley's website & donate money or buy a tee or bracelet. All proceeds are going to help make Ashley well. Anything extra will go to St. Jude's Research Hospital.
-If you're in Baton Rouge, you can give blood in her name, Ashley English.
-If you're in Baton Rouge, have dinner at Bistro Byronz on Tuesday, April 2nd. If you mention Ashley's name, a portion of your check will go to her treatment & recovery. (That is one of my favorite restaurants anyway.) :) 

Thanks for reading & thanks for your prayers!


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