My wife, Stephanie, and I live near Dayton, Ohio. We have 6 children, 15 grandchildren and now 1 great grandchild.
Over many years, God has led me to come up long side and help others in more ways than I could have ever imagined. For the first several years, I didn’t realize I was going where He led me. However, through prayer and as I became more mature in my years, I realize my identity and joy is not with my job as an Aircraft Mechanic or Supervisor involved in Acquisition Management of Military aircraft. It is doing God’s will in helping others.
In those early years, I didn’t know that my dad and sister would one day pass with Lung cancer from smoking. I also didn’t know that in 2005, I would hear the doctor tell me that I had Prostate Cancer. I don’t know what caused it, whether it was from being exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam, some other environmental exposure or it just happened. All I know for sure is; Praise God, I am now an 8 year survivor.
The way in which Cancer Companions was presented to me nearly two years ago, by Dan Held, a Pastor at Sulphur Grove UMC, in Huber Heights Ohio, I knew immediately this was a “God Thing” and I was suppose to somehow be involved. At that time, I didn’t realize I would soon meet Karen Tripp, become a Cancer Companion and now become the Southern Ohio Regional Representative.
I am honored to be a part of Cancer Companions and hope I can be an Ambassador for this wonderful ministry for many years to come.
PS One of my favorite Bible passages related to working with and helping each other is Exodus 17:8-13.
To contact Larry, email him at [email protected]
Rachel Zink, Ohio Regional Representative
I am a cancer survivor and mom of a wonderful fifteen year-old daughter. I have a B.A. in Humanities from Antioch University Midwest after studying Psychology many years prior at the University of Cincinnati. (Go Bearcats!) During my years at UC, I knew I wanted to help people and use my Christian faith too. Little did I know what God had planned. Because life and life experience is not a linear thing, it wasn’t until many years later that God helped me to see what He had in mind. I was called to ministry- but I didn’t know much more than “pastoral” ministry. As the years went by, I came to understand that He called me to show His love to others. I am in the process of completing an M.Div with chaplaincy concentration from Liberty University. I have volunteered as the on-call chaplain at the hospital where I work. I am blessed to have worked in our local cancer center for the past four years in an administrative support role.
My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10, “I will strengthen you and help you.”
To contact Rachel, email her at [email protected]