NFL Star Kurt Warner Focus on Cancer Caregivers on Big Game Sunday
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St Louis, MO: NFL Star Kurt Warner has built a reputation of being a dynamic leader and athlete as well as a willingness to help those who are struggling. This Big Game Sunday will find Kurt shining a light on the difficulties of cancer caregivers. On Sunday, February 2nd Kurt Warner will be leading the nation virtually in a prayer for cancer care givers as part of the 30 Days of Cancer Prayer event.
Kurt has a clarity of the role of a caregiver not just in regards to cancer but our society as a whole. “We live in a society where I feel like so many give simply due to an expectation of what they are going to receive,” Warner explains. “With caregivers we know that there is very little that they receive. That it is so much giving.”
Yet Kurt’s understanding of caregiving is not just on a larger, societal level. He shares the deeply personal sacrifices caregivers face each day. About caregiver’s Warner explains “We understand that they take their own journey. They take on their own pain. They take on their own suffering. They are unselfishly giving of themselves in so many ways solely to have impact on so many that they are caring for.”
Participants to 30 Days of Cancer Prayer (www.30dayscancerprayer.com) receive daily cancer prayer videos from prominent Christians by phone, email or Facebook. The virtual aspect of the event enables individuals both nationally and internationally to join together in cancer prayer. Register by texting the word “cancer” to 57838. The event is sponsored by Cancer Companions.
Cancer Companions, President Karen Tripp explains the importance of Kurt’s focus on caregivers. “Cancer care givers are often overlooked. “Think about when you approach a couple where one of them has been diagnosed. The typical reaction is to ask the cancer patient “Are you alright? Is there anything I can do?” The truth is that most needs of the cancer patient (managing meds, watching diet, arrange appointments, look out for side effects) can not be done by a committee. They need to be done by the care giver. The problem? That’s a lot of responsibility on one person. So perhaps we should be asking the caregiver “Are you alright? Is there anything I can do?” The truth is, friends and family need to care for the caregiver so the care giver can take care of the patient.” 30 Days of Cancer Prayer is sponsored by Cancer Companions, a cancer ministry which serves anyone in cancer treatment, post cancer treatment and their caregivers.
Statement by Kurt Warner NFL Quarterback
“So many choose to live a selfish life. These caregivers choosing to live so unselfishly choosing to take on a journey they do not necessarily have to take on; to take on a burden they do not necessarily have to take on but they accept that role.”
Statement by Karen Tripp MS LMFT President of Cancer Companions
“To have Kurt Warner drawing attention to the hardships of cancer caregivers is a game changer. Too often caregivers feel as though their struggle is insignificant because ‘it’s not as bad as the person with cancer,’ and that is certainly true. However, the burden of caregiving often leads to physical, and emotional exhaustion. What caregivers need is a place to share but many fall into believing ‘Things are worse for them so who am I to talk?’” With Kurt’s clear and powerful understanding of caregiving, we are hoping this will give care givers permission to seek the support they need.”
“It can be said that on the day of a cancer diagnosis, more people are impacted than the patient. This statement particularly applies to the cancer caregiver.”
About 30 Days of Cancer Prayer: For 2020, 30 Days of Cancer Prayer will run from January 26th- February 24th gathering people nationwide to pray for cancer topics including everything from finances, to chemotherapy to breast cancer. The daily video prayers can be received by phone, email or Facebook. To register go to www.30dayscancerprayer.com Event is sponsored by Cancer Companions. www.cancer-companions.org
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