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The couple also is pleading for church members to have their cheeks swabbed at a bone marrow drive, so that a potential match may be located. Because of a rare gene in Ethan’s blood, doctors have estimated the odds of finding a suitable match at 2 million to 1.
His parents see those odds not as an obstacle, but rather as a goal: a goal of getting 2 million people to be tested to see if they can help Ethan live. Ben Powell has been donating stem cells this week, but as Ethan’s father, his cells are – at best – a 50 percent match.
The Powells’ faith, their fervent belief that God will heal their baby and their unabashed requests for prayer have moved almost a half-million Internet users to pledge themselves as “prayer warriors” on the family’s Web site, http://www.ethanpowell.com. In addition, Becky Powell, a public school teacher on temporary leave, is greeted by thousands of e-mail messages each time she logs on to provide an update on Ethan’s day, or her husband’s stem cell harvesting procedure, or any other details about the family’s fight against the leukemia that has raided their baby’s body.
Through the rounds of chemotherapy, the spinal taps, the countless procedures and doses of medicine, Becky Powell is thankful. She’s a mother.
From the family’s blog:
I wanted to provide some encouragement for you that has helped me feel good about praying for ‘healing’.
Matthew 4:23-25 / Matthew 8:5-13 / Matthew 9:18-33 / Matthew 12:22-28
I realize this is only part of the bigger picture. But after reading these stories and watching the amazing things happen here first hand, I feel compelled to hit my knees and pray until I am drained. It would be hard to write a book that could contain all that I have seen God do just in the two weeks that I have been here. It is the most amazing feeling to be part of something that is positive and uplifting!!! Keep those prayer emails coming in, they are soooo encouraging. You have been a real source of strength for us. I will update you on Ethan as soon as possible.

May 10, 2007

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