For several years Alex has been a trusted driver of the Anchor Church van for our Missionary for a Day trips to Mexicali. So dependable, in fact, that, when he on extremely rare one-off occasions haven’t been able to make the trip, mild panic has set in as we were scrambling for enough seats in cars to accommodate our traveling volunteers.
But he is so much more than “just a driver”. In Mexicali the kids always ask about “El Gordo” (Fatman) (a term on endearment Alex readily responds to 😃). Last month the children wrote a note each that we brought back with us for him; “I love you”, “I miss you”, “Get well soon”, “God bless you”, written with crayons and expressing the colorful bunch that they are. And the colorful person Alex is! They miss their “personal jumping castle” – and that’s a tribute to a young man who so clearly loves and enjoys our niños in Mexicali.
For the past three consecutive months Alex haven’t been able to make the trip. Unidentified pain made driving impossible. The pain persisted and grew worse. Finally, a doctor’s diagnose revealed that Alex has Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of soft tissue cancer.. While it is good to know what is causing the pain, the remedy is brutal. Now into his third round of chemo treatment, Alex and all his friends and family are praying and hoping the treatment will eradicate the cancer from his body.
Please pray for Alex and the healing of his disease!