This is the McCone family from Crossett, Arkansas ... Alan, Melissa, Sydney, and Carson. Alan has been battling cancer for the last several years. In fact, he was probably diagnosed around the time that Hannah was. He's been doing well lately; in fact, his most recent scans were very good. Last week, their family was on vacation in Chicago when Alan suddenly lost strength in his legs. He was hospitalized with blood clots, and while there, he had a cardiac arrest and stepped into the arms of His Savior.
Melissa was one of Brad's students when he was the assistant principal at Crossett High School, and she and Alan came over to Hot Springs about a year ago to visit one of our Anchor of Hope Cancer Ministry meetings. Their desire was to start a similar type of ministry in their hometown. They are a very sweet family, and have been an example to their entire community of how to go through difficult times with grace and faith. We are planning to attend the visitation tonight, and the funeral will be tomorrow. Please keep Melissa, Sydney, and Carson in your prayers as they start a whole new journey of faith.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore for the former things have passed away. And He who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new."
I really hate cancer. I can't wait for the day when He makes all things new!