Week 43 – Forest

In many ways, the Giving50x52 journey has enabled me to better see the “forest from the trees”…and this week I literally saw Forest!

We heard about a local benefit event in Papillion…and I heard there were unlimited waffles and sausage!

So, on Saturday (the 15th ) the whole family got up and went to the benefit for Forest Grapes at Shadow Lake Community Church.

The Waffle Man was working, and there were plenty of waffles. There was also plenty of support for this guy named Forest Grapes, who is battling cancer. He and his wife, Diane, were moving around the room at the benefit event talking with people, thanking them for attending and sharing a few laughs.

ForestAfter Lance Burch, Lead Pastor, got up on the stage and belted out a personalized rendition of “On Broadway” that was both impressive and humorous AND after I had consumed my second waffle, I located Forest and introduced my family to him. He sat down with us for a few minutes to talk.

Forest told me that he is from central Missouri and went into the Air Force. In 1985, he moved to Omaha and got married to Diane, where they lived for a few years before moving to Blue Springs, Missouri. In 1994, they moved back to the Omaha area.  Forest & Diane have three children.

Forest has worked in IT his entire career, his last role was with Best Buy.

Forest was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000 and it returned in 2011. More recently, he learned that the cancer had metastasized and he is going through treatment at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Forest has a positive attitude on his challenge and was friendly.

As we parted I told Forest that there are many people he knows, and many people he doesn’t know, that are thinking about him, praying for him, and wishing him the best.

Happy Father’s Day to all dads!

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