Hi everyone, thanks for visiting Docs journal and following his progress. I can tell you from conversations with Doc (my brother) its the people that are keeping him going everyday. He has thoroughly enjoyed walking and talking with everyone along his trek.
Doc would never ask people for help (he is stubborn like that 🙂 but I have talked with him and he is concerned he is running out of money. Even though Doc has saved for this trip he didn’t think that his chase cars would be going through so much gas. I thought I would set up a PayPal account so that if people would like to donate a couple dollars here and there it would really help him out and assure his success. A lot of you have already helped him with food and that is greatly appreciated let me tell you! My biggest fear was that he was going going to starve to death on the trail. But now he could use another kind of help. Any little bit you could donate would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks everyone for following Doc and making this trek one the biggest accomplishments of his life.
Message from Doc!
Looking for stories of “Faith Greater Than Pain” – In the process of gathering information and meeting so many wonderful people and also having been touched by so many of your inspiring stories, I am going to be including a lot of those heartfelt stories in the book that is going to be written about this adventure, but there are many more inspiring stories out there. So I am sending out an appeal to have people send me stories of their “Faith Greater Than Pain”.
Let me explain what I am looking for, even though the saying “Faith Greater Than Pain” was inspired by the handcart pioneers, it applies to everyone’s lives and the trials that they have gone through. Just as a quick example, my wife died of Lou Gehrigs disease at the age of 47. She passed away 10 months to the day of diagnosis. She endured pain and suffering that can only be understood if you were the patient or the caregiver. My wife taught me very poignantly about the deep meaning of faith, hope, prayer, love and patience that I couldn’t have learned in any other way. It wasn’t so much just the amount of pain and suffering that she went through in the struggle but it was her perfect resolve that everything was going to be alright, no matter what the outcome and during her last moments on this earth, true to the form of a loving mother and wife, she wanted to know if we were going to be alright. Imagine that you are fighting for each breath that you take and fighting for your literal life, but her concern was for us and not for herself. There is of course a lot more to this story, but there are hundreds of struggles out there that have exemplified this motto of “Faith Greater Than Pain” and I would love to have you submit those stories to me and hopefully we can include some into this book. It is those experiences that give others so much courage and hope in their trials. Stories don’t always have to deal with someone passing away, it can be about almost any situation. Of course not all of the pioneers died in this process of moving west, but they definitely possessed the attributes of “Faith Greater Than Pain”. Please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org