My heart has gone out to Aaron and Angie Evenson ever since I first heard about their daughter Rosie's battle with cancer last year.
I was in contact with Aaron quite a while back, and we talked about my doing a story about their whole ordeal. We talked about postponing it for a while, to see how things were going. Next we talked about running the story around Christmas time, but again, we felt the timing was not right.
And it was hard to get a time to even do a proper interview, what with their schedule of back and forth between Blue Earth, Sioux Falls and Mitchell.
But this week you can read their full story although the whole struggle is certainly still ongoing and the story is not yet over.
Perhaps you have read a bit about the Evensons and little Rosie already. They decided to not only document their journey (as they call it) on the Caring Bridge website, but also on their Facebook page.
Many, many people now check it out and receive updates on their life with having a child with cancer.
In the story in this week's Register, there is a partial listing of some of the many ways people have helped out the Evenson family.
But one of those gifts of kindness has received a whole lot more attention than the rest of them.
I call it, "The Gift of the Garbage Guys."
Angie Evenson says every Thursday her girls would watch out the front window for the two garbage men, Brandon and Taylor, of Hometown Sanitation, to come by and pick up the garbage along their block.
The girls would run to the window yelling "The garbage men are here, the garbage men are here!"
They would smile and wave and the two men would smile and wave back.
One day the two came to the door and brought some treats three bags of candy for the girls. The girls in turn colored pictures for the men and left two bags of snacks for them.
Angie says she also left them a note saying they were taking Rosie for treatments so they might not be waving out the window every Thursday, but it didn't mean the girls had forgotten them.
After that, the men informed the Evensons that they, as Hometown Sanitation employees, receive free garbage service. But they had talked to their boss and had transferred their free service to the Evensons for a year.
Angie shared that story on Facebook, and as they say, it went viral.
Then an area television station carried a piece on the garbage men's gift, and so too did a Twin Cities television station.
After that, it went national, when ABC-TV news carried the story on their nightly news.
Suddenly, the Evensons, who were already receiving notes, cards and messages of hope and prayer from hundreds of people, suddenly were getting them from thousands.
Aaron figures that around six million people are now out there praying for Rosie and her courageous battle against cancer.
That is a lot of prayer. And the Evensons firmly believe in the power of prayer.
Aaron says it helps knowing all these people care about a little girl most of them have never met. Especially since they still have a long ways to go with this journey with Rosie.
The best case scenario is that it will take until June to get through all of this treatment and recovery.
So, if you say your prayers in the morning like I do, or at night before bed, or any other time of day, please add Rosie and her family to your prayer list if you have not already done so.
Prayer. It is a powerful thing.