A Family Battles Cancer by Staying Together

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On Monday morning, with much of the east coast of the U.S. under a thick blanket of snow, we asked our listeners for their weather stories. Rebecca Poston Creel, from South Carolina, wrote in with her family's story, and we thought it was one worth sharing with our listeners. This is what she said: 

My brother in law is terminally ill and we are afraid that this may be our last Christmas together. We celebrated the holiday on Sunday and all woke up to a blanket of snow!  In South Carolina it's a very uncommon event. It was so wonderful to play with our brother, his three-year-old daughter and the rest of the family, in the snow for the holiday. It may have been the best Christmas of our lives!  It was without a doubt a Christmas miracle for our family.

We spoke with Rebecca's sister, Erin Stone, whose husband, Patrick, is suffering from terminal cancer. Erin details the family's experiences with the disease on her blog.  

The Stone family: Erin, Patrick, and daughter Cameron.
The Stone family: Erin, Patrick, and daughter Cameron. ( Provided by Erin Stone )

When Patrick Stone was diagnosed with terminal cancer, many of his chances to enjoy "normal" life with his family disappeared. But when they were surprised with a white Christmas in their South Carolina home, the Stones got to enjoy the weather, making snow angels and this snowman with daughter Cameron. "For just a brief moment, it was as though he wasn't sick," said Erin Stone. "And those times are very few and far between." 

( Provided by Erin Stone )
Cameron Stone, almost 3-years-old, enjoys the snow in South Carolina.
Cameron Stone, almost 3-years-old, enjoys the snow in South Carolina. ( Provided by Erin Stone )
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