MELISSA HACKENY AGE 24
The Daily Grotto is seeking urgent prayer from all visitors this week. Please take a moment to learn more about this precious young woman who is in desperate need of many prayers....
Melissa lives in Seneca Falls, NY with her mother Patti, and was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 when she was still in nursing school. The diagnosis was Non-Hodgkin's anaplastic large t-cell lymphoma.
As this is the third recurrence of the cancer, Melissa is now in need of a BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT TO SAVE HER LIFE. There are three possible donors or stem cells may be used from an umbilical cord.
Currently, her cancer has not responded to chemotherapy, and is now receiving mega-doses of chemo. This is being done to contain her cancer enough so that she can have the transplant. YOUR PRAYERS ARE VERY MUCH NEEDED!
Melissa is a very loving, outgoing young woman who puts others' needs above her own. She has a beautiful smile that warms the heart. These qualities have touched many lives; especially the elderly she cared for when working in a nursing home a few years ago. Her family and friends firmly believe that she would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need.
NOW IT IS OUR TURN TO HELP HER.
Would you please join me in praying for Melissa? If you are a blogger, please consider linking this post on your blog to reach more prayer partners around the world. Let us join our hands together in prayer for Melissa.
A powerful intercessor of cancer victims is St. Peregrine. Once a fervent anti-Catholic, this great saint later became a brother in the Order of Servants of Mary. At sixty years old, St. Peregrine was diagnosed with cancer of the leg. The night before he was to have his leg amputated; he prayed for a miracle. The Lord had heard his prayer and healed him. LET US TOO PRAY FOR A MIRACLE FOR MELISSA.
CHAPLET OF SAINT PEREGRINE
O Saint Peregrine, you have been called "The Wonder Worker" because the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you, who for so many years bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fiber of our being, and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more: you who were favored with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction, ask of God and Our Lady the cure of these sick persons whom we entrust you ( Melissa). Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall praise God for His great goodness and mercy. Amen.
Say three Our Fathers, three Hail Marys, and three Glory be's.
Friends, as we begin our Lenten journey this upcoming Ash Wednesday; let us remember Melissa, her family and friends as they help her in spirit and prayer- carry this heavy cross. Melissa's parents, siblings and friends all love her very much. May the good Lord hear and answer our prayers for a miracle. May Our Lady be a daily guide and protector in all those that surround Melissa in love. Let us consecrate Melissa's eyes, ears, heart etc.. to the loving mantle of her Heavenly Mother.
Thank you friends for taking the time to join me in prayer. And thank you to my friend Kim Burke (who also lives in Seneca Falls) for bringing me this much needed prayer intention. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU MELISSA!
To learn more about Saint Peregrine go to Catholic forum and The Grotto .
Have a Blessed Day!