There have been numerous studies over the years that have investigated whether the power of prayer works. Researchers like Dr. Elizabeth Targ in San Francisco selected practicing healers from a number of traditions — Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Indian shamans — and had them pray for 20 patients with advanced AIDS and compared their progress to a control group of 20 other AIDS patients. According to her, the prayed-for patients had fewer and less severe new illnesses, fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations and were generally in better moods than those in the control group. "Prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care," says cardiac researcher William Harris, Ph.D., who headed a study of cardiac patients at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Harris concluded that the group receiving prayers fared 11% better than the group that didn't, a number considered statistically significant.
We'd like to believe that prayers do help, and here is a friend and neighbor who could use your prayers now.
With a heavy heart, Betty Scanlon asks for your prayers for her husband, Jim. Jim Scanlon has been diagnosed with liver/pancreatic cancer and will be starting chemo this week. Please remember him in your prayers. Thank you.
John has been battling Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (SLL) since February 2012. Back then, his and Lois' daughter, Heather Bradley, walked in the Massachusetts 5K Lymphomathon to raise money to help fight and cure lymphoma in honor of her father. Inspired by Heather, Lois' golfing group formed their own walk for John. Here are the Lynnhaven friends and neighbors who participated in that walk.
To send John your support and let him know you are thinking of him:
Keep John and Lois and their family in your thoughts and prayers as John continues to battle this disease.