Arden's Allies

Arden Bodley was sent to earth to live but a short life and a very important role. She was born September 4, 2012 and had it not been for the neuroblastoma cancer, diagnosed at the age of nine months that eventually took her life at just 17 months old, she would have just celebrated her seventh birthday this week. Her parents have focused their grief on positively raising funds and drawing attention towards finding a cure for neuroblastoma. They intend to use their fundraising to fund an entire medical research grant to find new, improved therapies for kids impacted by neuroblastoma.

This week is Arden’s week. A time to provide support and love for those fighting through neuroblastoma. We are encouraged to Fuel the Fight to raise awareness and to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. It is true, many hands make light work and many acknowledgements add up to a bigger recognition of the need for cancer research for kids’ cancer. To participate in Arden’s week, plan your own fun run or walk, a trip to the ice cream store, dinner with friends or ANYTHING fun to do! So that Arden’s light burns even brighter, please consider posting a picture of yourself in a fun activity on Facebook under Arden’s Allies. 

This verse, Genesis 1:27, reminds me of Arden as God sent her for her short stay on Earth. “So God Created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." And later in Luke 18:17, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” For surely, Arden was created in God’s image and has returned to join God in heaven.

Please remember to say a little pray of thanks for being healthy, for having resources, for being loved. And thanks to God for blessing the earth with Arden’s beautiful smile that unites and continues to shine bright to help the lives of others.

Wendy Saathoff

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