A miracle in Joplin

| October 19, 2012

The four of us walked back to the two tankers. It was then that I introduced Chase and his father to Paul Marcotte, owner of a beautiful Peterbilt. Karen and I had met Paul and his friends just days before, and we’d spent a lot of time together during the show. Paul was happy to take Chase around the truck. There sat Chase in a beautiful truck with the glowing trophy by his side. Paul asked him to honk the horn and Chase quickly grabbed hold and made us all shake in our boots. Chase climbed down and pictures were taken with Paul and the trophy. Chase was again beaming, laughing and chatting up a storm with Paul. I’m not sure whose face showed more pride. Paul? John? Chase? Karen? Me? What an amazing moment to end the night! Truly amazing!

The time I spent with Chase that night was only a few hours, but he went from a shy young man to an extrovert. Karen and I repeatedly heard from John how much we touched his life and his son’s life. While I have no doubt that may have happened, I know that Chase touched many lives that day, including several drivers, show attendees, vendors and staff at 4 State Trucks’ show. We feel so blessed to have been able to share that experience with them all.

The time and conversation between Karen and John helped John to see a clear vision for his son’s future. His role as Chase’s father will definitely change based on their experience at the show. John told us that his goal is to learn to drive a semi, load a trailer with Chase’s calendars and hit the road selling them with his son. I’m not sure that is a realistic possibility, but seeing the miracle God just worked in their lives, I wouldn’t be surprised if someday we see a black Peterbilt driven by John, pulling a van full of Calendars Can Cure drawn by his son, Chase.

We vow to follow up with Chase and John. In fact, my husband Jeff and I hope to find a run through Bowling Green in the near future and give Chase his long-awaited ride in a moving truck. We also hope that we can have Chase drawing pictures of trucks and selling 2013 Calendars Can Cure at our booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March. For more information on Chase and his calendars go to http://www.chaseharnage.org/ or http://www.calendarscancure.org.

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