What Friends Are For

It’s once again time for the We Are the World Blogfest–celebrating acts of kindness and other good news that goes beyond religion and politics. Cohosts for this month are:  Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese.

Before we get to this month’s feature, a quick reminder, John Maberry’s new short story collection is available as a FREE download from Amazon this weekend–August 25, 26 and 27.

See the post from Wednesday on this collection, including highlights and excerpts from two reviews of the five already received, with an average 4.6 rating.

On to what moved us this month. Although we have thankfully escaped this medical and emotional challenge in our family so far, we know others who have faced it and won. So we were moved to see this report in USA Today

When Amy Kleiner was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in January, she knew she had a tough road ahead of her, but she also knew that her friends and family would help her weather the storm.

Kleiner’s best friend and neighbor, Tera Kiser, was there throughout her diagnosis, mastectomy and 20 chemotherapy treatments. To celebrate Kleiner’s final chemo treatment, Kiser did something extra special: She organized a parade of family and friends.

“I just felt like the Lord gave me the idea,” Kiser, 41, told TODAY. “The minute she pulled into the neighborhood we could have people there with signs just to celebrate her last treatment.”

As astonished as Kleiner was by this sweet display of love, Kiser had one more surprise in store for her.

“I wanted to have people that care about her hold a balloon and have each person let one go symbolizing her treatments,” said Kiser. “And then I wanted to [have her family] give her the last four so she could let them go herself. It was just beautiful.”

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21 thoughts on “What Friends Are For

  1. This is a wonderful story of friendship and survival. What a great idea to have a parade of well-wishers waiting for her. Thanks for sharing the story and participating in this month’s #WATWB.

  2. Hi John – that really is showing what true friends are for … and then sharing within the family – long may Amy live on and live life to the full … with friends like Tesa – she’s in the right place … thanks for sharing – cheers Hilary

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