I would like to introduce you to Haley Gloria. Haley is the 7-year-old daughter of Jason & Lisa Gloria from Hot Springs, Arkansas, and she has an older sister named Hannah. Lisa and I became acquainted through Relay for Life. She had followed my Hannah's story, and has always taken an interest in our family. We would always visit at the team captain's meetings, and one month she asked me if I would share "Why I Relay" with the entire group. She was also instrumental in getting our family to be the honorary torch lighters at last year's Relay. Although we've never really socialized outside of Relay for Life events, I've always felt a special bond with her ... maybe because we both have daughters named Hannah!
A little over a week ago, Haley had an MRI after a couple weeks of baffling symptoms, and she was immediately rushed to Arkansas Children's Hospital. The MRI revealed the presence of a tumor in the area of her cerebellum and brainstem. On February 2nd, she underwent a 16 hour surgery, and they were able to remove all but about a centimeter of the tumor, which was just too close to the brainstem. The family has already been told that it is cancer, and she will be having a spinal tap this week to check for cancer cells in her spinal fluid.
Haley and her family have a long and difficult road ahead of them. I believe that God can bring complete healing to this precious child. Please pray for healing for Haley, and for peace, comfort, strength, and stamina for her family. You can follow her story on Facebook at "Prayers for Haley Gloria". Let's surround this family with prayers and love, as only the body of Christ can!