In the Spring of 2010, strangers appeared before my Father and asked permission to cut his yard, free of charge. My Father was very grateful and accepted. One by one, as they finished getting his yard looking nice, they began to speak with him. You see, my Dad was just diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. I had never seen such a brave man be fearful of anything in my life. He was always the giver. It wasn't in his nature to be proud of anything he did. He just did what needed to be done. He helped anyone that needed help and knew he most likely would not be repaid, yet he did it anyway. These men that were speaking with my Dad, talked with him for hours. My Dad was always ready for a conversation and welcomed the break from worrying about the family situations or the pain he was in.
For years, my brother and I spoke with him about God. However, I believe it was
the sincerity of these strangers that showed my Father what Christianity was all
about. That following Sunday, my Father gave his life to the Lord. Six weeks later,
on June 4, 2010, at 11:49 pm, he went to be home with his Savior.
Just like his Grandfather, my son, Spc. Lucas is serving his country. His Grandfather
was proud of him, but the two could only say their final goodbyes via Skype. A few
weeks later, I received a phone call from the Dept. of the Army. My son's convoy
was attacked and he received injuries. On February 14, 2011, my son received a
Purple Heart for injuries he sustained while fighting in Iraq.
One evening, I was reflecting on things that 2010 brought to our family. Dad's battle with cancer, my son's injuries while serving our country, and the passing of my Mother-In-Law just five months later. I started to think about those men who ministered to my Dad in his darkest hour. I wanted to help others the way my Father was helped. God spoke to my heart, and "Buddy's Hope" was born.
Cancer did not defeat my Dad, my Dad defeated fear when he accepted Jesus into his heart. 2010 was the toughest year for my family. However, it made us stronger Christians for it.
Buddy's Hope provides therapeutic massage for our Wounded Warriors and for those patients battling cancer. Massage Therapy has always been my calling to help others. Those of you that have been touched by cancer can testify how grueling it can be. Those of you that lost a loved one to war or nurses a wounded Vet knows what the power of touch can do.
We re-opened our doors on May 1, 2012, as of Dec. 1, 2012 we've donated over 2200 minutes of free massages. Choosing Helping Hands for your massage therapy needs, really helps to give back to your community. If you can't make it in for a massage, I would greatly appreciate it if you can donate a few dollars to "Buddy's Hope".
All donations are strictly for providing free services to those that need it the most.
Thank You for your support.
Anne Hooter, LMT
Send a Check to:
Helping Hands Massage
2840 W. Airline Hwy Ste. H
LaPlace, La. 70068
In the memo area: write "Buddy's Hope".