Jenessa “Boey” Byers
by Linda Dodson
(read at the Albany Vineyard Church on Sunday December 30, 2007)
The Byers family, Rob, Rachel, Chris and Joe, need our prayers as they overcome the loss of their precious Jenessa “Boey” Byers on Friday, December 28th. It’s difficult to imagine the intensity of pain they must feel. For the past 22 months, they all fought a courageous fight as they battled her rare childhood cancer known as rhabdyomyosarcoma. In the end, pneumonia and a staph infection were named as the cause of her death. Boey passed away with her parents by her side. It was an event many had prayed wouldn’t come, but Boey had no pain at her passing and she was peaceful.
I had the privilege of praying with Boey and her family with others several times in the final weeks of her life. I was a witness to their commitment to believe, their courage and their unwavering faith in God. They put their trust in a God they knew is still in the miracle-working business and they consistently sought Him for Boey’s miracle. The fact is, Boey received many miracles throughout her season of warring against cancer. On numerous occasions tumors disappeared without chemotherapy and they miraculously died on the inside, cancer went into remission and she astonished the doctors time and time again with unusually-speedy recoveries. More than once, Boey’s doctors had to admit that the only explanation they had for her amazing recoveries was that they must be an answer to prayer. Boey was a child of great courage, love and life. I believe she will be remembered as a victorious warrior.
Hundreds of little rubber wrist bands were sold by friends to raise funds for Boey’s personal campaign to “Cure Pediatric Cancer.” They also read: “Believe for Boey.” When I saw my wrist band in my bedroom this morning, I thought: “There is still an opportunity to ‘Believe for Boey’.”
I can “Believe for Boey” that the United States Senate Bill “Conquer Childhood Cancer Act” that Boey helped initiate, will eventually be passed and that children everywhere that suffer from cancer will receive the help they need.
I can “Believe for Boey” that her light will continue to shine brightly even following her passing.
I can “Believe for Boey” that she will be remembered for all the hope, and love, and faith she had that God is still good and He still does miracles.
I can “Believe for Boey” that her families’ beautiful Extreme Makeover home will one day be a place of peace and joy again.
I can “Believe for Boey” that she taught children everywhere to have faith and trust in Jesus.
I can “Believe for Boey” that her family will bring to fruition some of the prophetic destiny spoken over her life.
I can “Believe for Boey” that, in the end, she did “kick cancer’s butt,” just like she always said she would because she continued to live with faith and she never gave in to cancer, no matter what!
I can “Believe for Boey” that though her life was too short, she lived it fully and she showed others how to love and to make a positive difference in this world.
I can “Believe for Boey” that her family WILL be alright and that after their sorrow will come joy, because that’s what Boey would want for the ones she loved the most!
I can “Believe for Boey” that God will work ALL things together for good.
I can “Believe for Boey” that for her there is no more cancer or pain, no more tumors or chemotherapy, no more sickness or wheelchairs, no more medications, doctors or hospitals, and no more waiting just to live a normal little-girl life.
I can “Believe for Boey that she is in a place with Jesus where she can sing and dance all she wants, probably wearing cute clothes and beautiful sparkly shoes.
I can “Believe for Boey” that someday each one of us can join Jenessa Nicole “Boey” Byers in a place of joy and happiness if we just believe in her Jesus.
I invite you to join me and “Believe for Boey.”