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A Birthday Party for Jesus
By Rock Church - January 23, 2010

The pitter patter of little feet. The smell of home-baked holiday goodies. The squeal of happy children’s voices all screaming “YES!” to the question, “Do all of you know the words to the happy birthday song?”

In an instant and right on cue, an eruption of singing: “Happy Birthday to you, cha, cha, cha. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus. Happy Birthday to you.”

This was the opening scene at the first annual Rock Cancer C.A.R.E. Ministry’s Birthday Party for Jesus, held December 4, 2009. The party was a way for Cancer C.A.R.E. to provide child-care services during the Rock Church women’s ministry’s Sisters Holiday Party.

Beginning with Prayer

Parris Reed, the eight-year old leader of Rock Cancer C.A.R.E. Kidz, took the microphone to pray with her four-year-old sister, Sydnie. The Cancer Ministry always begins their events with prayer.

“I was going to the women’s event until God gave me this idea,” said Tamela Reed, founder of the Cancer C.A.R.E. Ministry. The ministry exists to fill in the “gaps” of cancer care. It brings resources and support to those who are battling cancer.

The children were entertained by Sebastian the Magician all while enjoying a sugar rush from cookies, muffins, and snacks.

The Ortiz family experienced first-hand the love of God through this ministry. Giselle Ortiz is a quiet and shy four-year-old battling kidney cancer. Her entire family came to the DO Something Birthday Party for Jesus.

Cancer C.A.R.E. arranged for three-year-old Zara Brazel, a cancer survivor, and her family to be there to encourage the Ortizes during this difficult time. Zara’s AML Leukemia has been in remission since August of 2009.

Colette Schenker, Zara’s mom, joined the Ortiz family at their table. “We basically lived in the hospital for six or seven months during Zara’s treatments,” Colette told them. “There were so many highs and lows during that time. I often had to leave Zara’s room to cry,” she continued. As Colette recounted the ordeal, the Ortiz family nodded with understanding.

Giselle’s treatment protocol is on an outpatient basis. “You think you have it bad until you hear somebody’s else’s story,” said Helen, Giselle’s grandmother, her eyes filled with tears. “This means so much to us,” Helen said.

A Magical Night

The DO Something Party attendees had a night of excitement. The children won prizes for Bible trivia; were read a Christmas story; played Duck-Duck-Goose; and were entertained by Sebastian the Magician all while enjoying a sugar rush from cookies, muffins, and snacks.

In true “Do Something” fashion, the children all created cards for hospitalized cancer patients. “We spent our weekend getting all of the artwork done,” said Tamela. All of the cards were homemade and hand-crafted.

Giselle Ortiz continues her treatment protocol and is receiving outpatient chemo. Cancer C.A.R.E. will be there to help meet their needs, not only spiritually and emotionally but to also fill the "gaps."

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Perri Storey is a volunteer with the Rock Cancer C.A.R.E. Ministry. She also is a writer with Rock the Word: The Rock Church Writers Ministry. If you're interested in writing, or in telling how God is using the Rock to change lives, go to for more information.

For more information about the Cancer Care Ministry, click here »