(First, sorry I havenâ€™t updated in a while. Been busy with business.)
If youâ€™re of the praying type, please send one up for Kim Tufts.
Kimâ€™s seen here next to me at a reception for Bryce and Rose Hatch, who were married earlier this year.
I just received this photo last night when Cindy and I attended the Thursday night worship at The Summit at ParkPlace. It was an unbelievable night -â€“ mostly for the wrong reasons.
Kimâ€™s husband â€“- David, known to us as â€œBiker Daveâ€ for the many stunt shows heâ€™s done over many years — delivered the nightâ€™s message. And it was extremely difficult for him to do so.
David and Kim have been married for a little more than a year. They said their â€œI doâ€™sâ€ about a month before we did. Just the day before Davidâ€™s message, news came their biggest challenge in their still young marriage was underway.
Kim has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
When David noted that last night, I was stunned. My grandmother lost a breast to cancer. Cindy was in tears -â€“ as were a lot of folks. I must confess — my eyes are welling up as I type this.
On the way home last night, Cindy and I sparked a prayer chain. We called one of our dearest friends, Erica Simoneaux, and told her what weâ€™d learned.
Kim is an art teacher in the Petal school system. If youâ€™re one of her students or co-workers, give her a big hug next time you see her. If youâ€™re a friend or relative, give her a big hug next time you see her.
And above all, she, David and their children -â€“ Dillon and Russ — needs our prayers.
David said he wished this were a nightmare he could wake up from. But itâ€™s all for real.