Earlier this evening, I got to speak with Frank’s wife, Marlene, about Frank’s condition and how we can pray for the family. Marlene first shared a praise regarding how God worked in the background to allow the family to stay at the hospital during Frank’s radiation treatments (this is not the normal process). The main prayer request remains for Frank to be 100% cancer free.
She then shared three other specific prayer requests. Today marked Frank’s tenth and final radiation treatment, and he has regained some mobility and use on the left side of his body. The first prayer request is that all the tumors in his brain would be completely dissipated, and second, that Frank would regain complete mobility on the left side of his body, and third, that Frank would be able to start rehab in an intensive program on Oahu. Frank may not qualify for this rehab program, but it is the one the family wants for him.
“As I sit here next to my dad holding his hand, I am struck by what an unusual gift the past 16 days have been for me. So many wonderful moments together as a family and one on one. The gift of time to talk and share our feelings. The ability to express every emotion. The time has come for me to head home tonight. The thought of leaving is excruciating yet I know it is time for me to go back to my husband and son and home…I am leaving knowing in my heart that my dad and I truly have no unfinished business. Our relationship has always been such a special close one. We have both cherished our bond and know how lucky we are. I choose to believe only the best will happen and will put my energy into what IS possible…
I love you always and forever dad – Seeker”
Please join us in praying for Frank’s complete recovery. Please pray for the family to find comfort in the Lord, in each other, and from their friends during this difficult time. If you feel lead to give, please go to Frank’s gofundme website by clicking here.
And join us in declaring “TOO BIG TO MISS – 1 Samuel 17 – David Slays Goliath”
Our Friend, fellow minister, and my wife’s soul sister shared this prayer request via Facebook for her friend and Christians in Pakistan
Prayer Warriors I need you praying! Annie Aster Bhola in Pakistan has been pushed out of her home by Muslim extremists. Her neighborhood and other Christians are in the middle of violence after the suicide bombings took place 10 mins from her home last weekend. Pray for their safety and that they will be able to return home. Her battery on her cell is about to do die so I won’t have contact with her soon. Please share with every prayer warrior you know! Thank you!
Please read below for an two updates from Caring Bridge: one on Frank’s BRAF numbers and, and the second, a sweet post from his wife Marlene. If you feel like giving financial support to this family, please follow this link to their gofundme account.
Update #1 from Jessica (Frank’s Daughter)
Today we learned Dad is not BRAF positive. They have stopped the current chemo therapy. The path will now be more linear. We will complete radiation on Tuesday – three more sessions. The goal is to get him back to Maui where he can begin a new treatment regimen. We will be exploring all options and seeking additional expertise from melanoma specialists across the country to ensure we get him the best therapy. Please keep our family in your prayers-the shock and stress of everything that has happened in the past 12 days is significant and painful. We refuse to see this as a setback but merely as a different path forward. Attached is a picture of my dad’s happy place. Carefree on the water..
Update #2 from Marlene (Frank’s Wife)
It is 5:30am on Oahu. Yesterday was a tough day for us all. Never for one moment did I think that Frank and I would ever be engaged in fighting this kind of battle. This is not something that happens to people I know and love. But here we are standing together helping Frank fight for his life. The love and support from all of you is what is getting us through. We are so grateful to family and friends who continue to send thoughts and prayers our way. The good news is, our faith is strong and we continue to see God moving in the midst of a challenging situation. Doubt is not part of our vocabulary. God is on the throne, He is in control of not only our lives but your life too. No matter what yesterday brought your way, please know for sure that today is a new day and Joy will come to you “this morning.” BLESSINGS -Marlene
Please continue praying and believing for a miracle for Frank. As Marlene said, “God is on the throne…” Praise God for His goodness and His new mercies every morning. Pray for the family to seek God and find comfort in Him during this difficult time. Pray for the doctors to have wisdom in seeking the right course of action.
For those of you who read about Frank Rice for our earlier post, I wanted to share the link to the website where you can make a donation to his cancer fund if you feel led to give. (Also, please read below for an update from Caring Bridge.)
This is the update from Frank’s Children posted at the gofundme page
Our Dad is truly the greatest man we have ever known. If you have the pleasure of knowing him, you know exactly what we mean. Within one week he has gone from healthy to seriously ill. Diagnosed with stage four metastatic melanoma, we are starting this campaign to support Frank & Marlene along this journey with medical and other expenses. Our deep desire is that given everything they need to focus on, financial burdens will not be one of them.
Thank you – Kamie Lynch, Jeremy Rice, Daniel Rice & Jessica Boden
We shout to the Lord – TOO BIG TO MISS – 1 Samuel 17 – David Slays Goliath
On the Frank’s Caring Bridge page, this update was posted yesterday.
Today dad got a special visit from two good friends from Maui; Erik and Moana. They are both wonderful musicians and very talented. During the songs dad was moving his left foot and left hand. Many thanks to them for taking the time to come and sing for him.
Please continue to pray for for Frank’s healing and for people to give financial, emotional, and physical support to the Rices during this time.
Please Read this March 5th update from Trucker’s parents.
Put on your boxing gloves round #5 starting today! I have had a lot of people asking how trucker is doing so going to give you a little update. So far we have killed cancer which is amazing! No more cancer in the bone marrow, some of the soft tissue in the bones is gone and the initial tumor is shrunk by half. We are so very grateful for this answer to many many prayers. The first day of chemo is always a little emotional for me and every time I get a little madder that the best option we have is blasting him full of poison which also kills good cells and makes him feel like ass for weeks and yet so far we have had great results. So next after this week and the completion of round 5 they will repeat scans again and surgery is scheduled to remove main tumor at the end of the month. Then he still has his stem cell transplant, more chemo and radiation. All of these are hard on him us! At the end of all of this unfortunately with his cancer more times than not (70% actually) this cancer comes back more aggressively, chemo resistant and takes their lives! So everyday we put our trust in God and that He has a plan for trucker and reel it back in to today where we are, where he is doing good, where we are blasting cancer and where he is a rockstar! Thank you so so so much for all of you following us and blessing us and loving on us during this crazy emotional cancer sucking roller coaster we are on!
We have a prayer request for our dear friends, Frank and Marlene Rice. Marlene is the Development Director of the Maui Food Bank, and Frank is the Life Group Pastor of Waipuna Chapel in Kula, Hawaii. They recently went to the hospital because Frank had a stroke because he could not use the left side of his body. What they discovered is that Frank has a stage IV cancer in most of his body. Please read their latest update below and join us in praying for Frank’s complete recovery and 100% healing.
“Today our family received the news that Frank has received an advanced cancer diagnosis. Due to brain tumors, he also suffered a stroke and is currently compromised on his left side. He is surrounded by family – Marlene, Kamie, Jeremy, Daniel & Karrie, Jessica and Jordan – in Kaiser Moana Lua Hospital on Oahu. The outpouring of love and support has been amazing. We will use this site to make sure everyone can stay connected through this journey. We ask for your continual prayers as we ready ourselves for this fight. Prayer request one – miraculous full recovery. Prayer request two – full mobility restored to his left side.”
You can follow their journey at Frank’s site on caringbridge.org
Last week we shared a prayer request from the Dukes ‘Ohana regarding Baby Trucker, a fever and his low immunity due to the chemo. Please read below for two praises regarding his health.
Photo Credit: @mauimammadukes Instagram
Please read this praise from Shuana Dukes about Trucker Boy.
“Look who’s home early? #prayerworks this is one happy mamma!!! Thank you a times a million for your love and prayers!! Also I think everyone who wanted to give us airmiles but [couldn’t,] we can accept again if anyone has extra..with much gratitude and love, mamma dukes.”
Below is an update from the Facebook page set up Team Trucker.
“Trucker Dukes needs to find a modeling agent! But seriously, we are so happy to hear that he is out of the hospital after a blood transfusion. He is such a fighter. Thank you all for sharing his story and for praying for him.”
Please continue to pray for this sweet family and their Baby Trucker to recover completely from cancer.