PROJECT: Smile!

  • Michael Hagerman is an Assembly of God pastor in Muskegon, MI.
  • He is married to Amy and they have three daughters.
  • Their youngest daughter, Bethany, is 3 years old.
  • At the end of March 2008, the Hagerman family found out Bethany had cancer.

Michael gives some background to this story –

Bethany’s battle with cancer continues to be very difficult. The Christmas season was very hard. Her bone marrow is not functioning properly and so we had to take her in for blood transfusions every two days. She was extremely sick for awhile, but is starting to feel a little better. We have been able to regulate her pain medicine to help ease her pain. Now our main concern is trying to find a treatment that will do damage to the cancer. We are hoping to get her on a brand new clinical trial in February. The doctors have a few treatment ideas, but we are limited because of her age and size. We have not given up hope even though things are just not looking good. She truly needs a huge miracle. We continue to believe God for complete healing, peace, comfort, wisdom and strength. Thank you so much everyone for your continual prayers!!

Amy, Bethany’s Mom, has a sobering update –

We got some pretty difficult news from Bethany’s doctors this week. We have never been given a timeframe on Bethany’s life expectancy before, but this week the doctors gave us one. The chemo that she has been having has not been working. If this continues and nothing we try does damage to the cancer, than she may only have 2-4 months left. We have been waiting to get on a brand new clinical trial. If that one works, that may add another 2-4 months.

 Our family’s heart has been so overwhelmed with sadness these last few days. It is only by the grace of God and His mercies that we have peace.

We have to now focus on the happiness of Bethany. We do not want these next few months to be miserable on her. It breaks our heart to see her feeling sick and we want to do everything we can to brighten her spirit. So, I really feel the Lord placed an idea on my heart. Here it is:

PROJECT: Smile!

We would like to brighten Bethany’s day with mail from those who have been praying for her. So many people have asked me if there is anything they can do for her or our family and this would be a great idea. Help bring a smile on Bethany’s face and not only her face, but her sisters’ and family member’s faces. She loves getting mail!! It doesn’t have to be anything special. If you need an idea, she loves animals and in particular puppies. We really aren’t asking for anything special, just a simple hello will do.  

  • Bethany is now 3 years old.
  • Her older sister Kathryn (Katy) is 7 years old.
  • And Audrey is 4 years old.

Our Impact youth group has signed on to PROJECT: Smile! We’ll be meeting at my house this Friday evening, January 22, at 7:00 PM to make stacks and stacks of cards for Bethany, Katy, and Audrey, and for Michael and Amy too.

If you want to join us at my house, or if you just want the Hagermans address to send your own PROJECT: Smile! cards, please comment here or send me an email.

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