I have some difficult news to share. I am facing yet another challenge - and I am asking for your prayers. This past week I learned that I have an aggressive uterine cancer. It is unclear at this time if this location is primary or secondary, only that it is quite serious. I am just beginning to meet with specialists to discuss options.
This information is being shared for three reasons:
1 -- so that folks have accurate information rather than grapevine tidbits. I know that as information begins to spread, there may be misinformation mixed in. Accurate information will be shared when available on Mattie's FB page most frequently, and via this e-Peace Update when relevant.
2 -- to encourage you to continue to support Mattie's Foundation. We are now in the "peak week" of Mattie's 25th birthday campaign -- with his actual birthday being this Friday (July 17). It if very difficult for me to know that I will not be fully available to do the final push for this crucial, annual fundraiser.
3 -- to apologize in advance for any delays in you receiving a tax statement or response to any emails or donations during the coming weeks.
I promise that anyone who supports Mattie's Foundation and our 25th birthday campaign WILL be recognized and celebrated, and you will receive a tax letter. But as I begin a challenging journey on Monday morning, there will inevitably be delays.
Your support will keep Mattie's Foundation running, and his peace mission and legacy growing.
I am grateful.
Regarding my health, I will share relevant updates when available. And please -- I truly welcome all prayers and positive energy, from all people of all denominations. I will read every email message and FB message that comes through, though I will not be able to respond in a timely way.
Please know that I am continuing to celebrate life, and seek peace, and I hope that you are doing the same.