Bringing Light & Love:
“And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” – I Corinthians 13:13
Every now and again we are given an opportunity to do something extraordinary, something life changing, something that speaks volumes into the lives of those round us.
Recently we found out about a situation right here in our own home town, Armstrong, one that is deeply impacting our entire community.
Wayne and Jenn Tucker, owners of Tucker’s Family Restaurant, and their wee daughter Emma are facing every parents nightmare. They have received a diagnosis that their sweet three month old daughter has Canavan disease.
Canavan disease is an inherited disorder that causes progressive degenerative damage to nerve cells in the brain. The symptoms can vary but generally include rapidly increasing head circumference, lack of head control, reduced visual responsiveness and abnormal muscle tone, including stiffness and floppiness.
Children diagnosed with Canavan disease cannot walk, sit or talk. Over time they may develop seizures, become paralyzed, developmentally delayed or blind and they may have trouble swallowing. Deafness may also result.
Symptoms typically become apparent between 3 and 9 months of age, and most children do not live past the age of 10. At present there is no cure for Canavan. Treatment involves managing the symptoms.
What Can You Do?
Gandhi said that “you must be the change you wish to see in the world” and a common phrase used in the church is “Preach the gospel, when necessary use words”
This is the opportunity to bring change through action and to bring love through act.
Armstrong as a community is attempting to rally support for the Tucker family.
- There will be a raffle and silent auction at the Branding Iron Pub in Armstrong on Saturday Feb. 16. Donations of products and services are being accepted.
- A trust account to accept financial donations has been set up at CIBC: Branch: 00560, Account#: 76-88296.
- Armstrong Bible Chapel will be pledging support and we would like to encourage you to as well.
For more info on the Tucker family, baby Emma and how to help – visit their Facebook page.