Two weeks ago our Cuero community came together for a fundraiser for Andrew Heard. He is 30 and fighting a bad cancer. His story has touched thousands even since he was first treated for cancer as a high school student. Andrew is on his second cancer fight, and he is still actively speaking of his battle and his faith in Jesus Christ. You can follow his blog at andrewbheard.com.
What is amazing is how this small rural community came together and raised over $100,000 to help his fight. Andrew has gone through some horrific treatments like a brave soul. His story could be repeated by many others who also have battled cancer. Two weeks ago our community came out into the fight in a big way.
I cannot say who started it. Leave it to God. Yet, there were many groups that worked behind the scenes. There were T-shirts sold, a run, bake sale, golf tournament, hamburger lunch, baby sitting, child-scape, auction sale, BBQ dinner and a dance. In fact two groups were setting up the event and then merged to have it as a single fundraiser.
Sometimes when you live in a small community you may miss out on some of the benefits of a larger city. That Saturday we saw what God can do with a small community. In a larger city, I’m not certain this would have happened. A small town in some ways becomes more intimate. We become family – for better or worse. This time it was for the better. No hiding it, God moved in many hearts that day. It was a day of a community laboring in love and finding joy in “No Regrets.”
There is a beauty that God reveals in people sacrificing to help someone in need. It should not hinder us to think that not everyone would get such an outpouring of effort. Many are fighting cancer and many are in need. What we should take from this effort is the inspiration God has breathed into the community, as if He were saying, “I can do so much if you are willing.”