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Topton mom of two Amy Roth recently heard the word “remission” after battling Leukemia for six months.
“It was very eye opening, I had no idea what cancer patients all endured till this,” said Amy, co-founder of Light the Way Ministries with her husband, Jamie. The non-profit organization offers free concerts to the community and fundraises for charities.
“Through Light The Way Ministries, we have helped two families in the community, we have helped with Pediatric Cancer Foundations of the Lehigh Valley and Angel 34 - Finding a Cure for Cancer and my husband and I did not know what the effects of cancer really were till experiencing it first hand,” said Amy. “I am stronger for going through Leukemia.”
The biggest challenges of the experience was not being able to see her children on Christmas and being away from them while hospitalized in Hershey during chemotherapy. She is very thankful to receive the news that she is now in remission.
“I was believing I was in remission, so I honestly was not that surprised to hear the news, I knew God had healed me,” said Amy.
What helped her through her battle against cancer was knowing people were praying for her recovery.
“There were people praying all around the world and I felt those prayers! I knew no matter what I was going through I was not alone, Jesus was with me every step of the way! I clung to the word of God and sang songs of praise daily!”
Also, Amy said she was very blessed to have family and friends come visit her. She received more than 400 cards. Those cards hung in her room at the hospital and helped her stay positive and showed her everyone loves her.
Her life philosophy is to strive to live daily for God and knows that everything that happens can be used to glorify Him.
“Many people shared how inspiring I am to them through this journey and I am thankful God’s light was able to shine through me even in my darkest time,” she said.
Moms with Grace in Kutztown, of which Amy is a member, recently hosted a yard sale benefit to help the Topton family.
“I think it was a great way to show Christ’s love and I am very thankful for all who helped to make the sale a success!” said Amy.
Moms with Grace is a Grace EC Church sponsored ministry for women with pre-school through school age children.
“We’re moms trying to be filled with grace and we also go to Grace EC Church so it’s a play on words,” said Reba Hoffman, who explained that the group of moms meet once a month from September to May. Their children go to childcare in a Sunday school setting at the church while the moms enjoy breakfast, a craft and a guest speaker.
The group of moms collected yard sale items, including baby gear, household items, clothes, toys and more.
“This yard sale’s purpose is to benefit a sister in Christ who has recently gone through the fight of her life,” said Reba of Moms with Grace. “She battled cancer for six months and won! During this battle, her husband lost his job, the family’s only source of income. We hope to raise some money for the family to help them through this financial pitfall they have found themselves in.”
Members of Moms with Grace spread everything out on the lawn and on tables outside a home on Main Street by Kutztown Park one recent Saturday morning, July 14.
“We knew there was a need and this was our way of filling that need,” said Reba.
“The yard sale benefit was a great way to show Christ’s love and to show the community that when someone goes through a trial, there are ways to help and get involved,” said Amy’s husband, Jamie.
”Although we were very close as a family before Amy’s illness, we have become even closer after this experience. It really has made us enjoy even the small things in life a whole lot more,” he said.
For Jamie, the hardest part was having to see “the woman that I love more than anything else on earth go through the things that she went through and not be able to take it away for her.”
Jamie said their family has faced many challenges including having to have other family members help take care of their boys, as well as their youngest son breaking his arm while Amy was at Hershey Medical Center and Jamie losing his job just to name a few.
What has helped him through this experience?
“Faith in Christ is what helped to get myself and my family through this experience. I know that God has a great plan for all of our lives. Although I may not understand what his purpose is for our trials here on earth, I still trust in His plan. He knows what’s best for all of us.”
His advice for the community?
“Just know that no matter what trials any of us face, whether an illness or job loss or anything else, rely on God and know that He will get you through it if you trust in Him.”