Years ago when I was on my high school basketball team we spent time with young children that were battling cancer at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. During one of our visits I was introduced to a spirited young girl named Rose. There was something about Rose that stood out to me, I couldn’t put my finger on it at that particular time, but I was informed that Rose had stage 4 throat cancer…


“Don’t get to attached to her, she doesn’t have much time left!”

As the week was winding down Rose and I became close, I believe that we became attached spiritually in that brief moment of time, we laughed, and I cried. Rose showed me more strength in a week than many have shown in a lifetime, including myself. I did not know it at the time, but the Lord was preparing me for my journey. My friend Rose, with that big beautiful smile, accompanied by that one lonely tear passed away a short time later. Rose may be gone, but my memories of her will live on until my journey is complete, and I pray that I have the strength that Rose displayed during her short but impactful journey. I wanted to share this short story with you for one reason…..



“Mr. O’Bannon, you have stage 4 throat cancer.”


“Don’t get too attached to him, he doesn’t have much time left!”



“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18




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