UPDATE (June 14, 2023)
Chemotherapy is nearly halfway done. My white cell counts keep going dangerously low, to the point that hospitalization is now necessary. The strict chemo diet is expensive, especially when we are down an income.
I find myself blessed that I can still be an active behind-the-scenes person with Youth Council, even if I don’t have the ability to be hands-on for the activities.
I trust that God has me in His heart.
Thank you for your support and your generous gifts to my family.
LCC received a request for assistance for a congregation member family from Pastor Marty Marks of Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Illinois.
Danika is an incredibly strong woman of faith. Through the challenges of the past weeks, she has continued to lead the youth group at Immanuel, including organizing and directing the Easter breakfast for our congregation.
Recently she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Due to her diagnosis and the risks associated with it, she had to close the in-home daycare she had been running for ten years. She’s looking for other ways to bring in money for her household because the financial needs of her family of four are too great for her husband’s income alone. But she needs to find income that can be made from home and on flexible hours because she doesn’t want to miss a moment with her children.
Danika sits on our church council as the Chairwoman of our youth board, and her husband, Keith, is a member of the board of elders. No matter the challenge, they are at almost every worship service, and on the rare occasions they do not attend in person, they are engaged in online worship. The entire congregation is on this journey with them, and their heroism and strength of faith are an inspiration to us all.
If you are looking for ways to help Danika and her family in this tough time, please prayerfully consider donating towards their new car fund. They only have one working car and have been having issues with its reliability. They had planned on replacing it just as Danika got her diagnosis, but they have needed to divert those funds to everyday needs like food, diapers, clothing for the kids, and medical bills.
Thank you for your assistance and partnership in serving God's beloved who are hurting.
Rev. Marty Marks
Pastor for Campus Ministry and Church Administration
Immanuel Lutheran Church, DeKalb, Illinois
If you are so moved, please prayerfully consider donating to help this family in need.