JOSHUA – A Man of Destiny

The Joshua Tree

Here’s a question: What can give you instant gratification, a sense of purpose, and a good feeling that last and last? The answer: Helping someone.

That’s a truth you just can’t deny. I’ve found through the years that when I help someone, I’m the one that gets the most benefit out of it. Think about it. The last time you went out of your way to lend a helping hand, give a word of encouragement or do something as small as giving a few bucks; didn’t it make you feel good? And when a thank you or acknowledgement wasn’t expected in return, it was even better. Right? The tears of gratitude came from your eyes. Have you felt that contentment lately?

Well gentle readers here is a chance to have that feeling again. Recently my friend, Eden Baylee told me about another friend, Maxwell Cynn’s heart wrenching struggle. He just happens to be a great writer and someone I admire. Max’s son, Joshua had been diagnosed with Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Then I read in Max’s own words how it was affecting his family and most of all Joshua. This was not a tale of woe but a straight forward note of love. It’s worth a read.

Eden decided to help. If any of you know Eden then you know she is one of the most supportive writers and people you could ever want to know—but this isn’t the story of Eden. What she did was set up a fundraiser to help Joshua with medical expenses and help pay off a large educational loan. You see Joshua is a 3 ½ years into a getting his degree in psychology and he’s been maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Now Joshua is with his family and going through a fight for survival. Don’t we all know what the struggle to win against cancer can do to an individual? It’s a lonely time even with family and friends close by touching and encouraging. It’s a time when inner will rises up to show the strength of the one affected. Joshua is a man among men! He’s a fighter!

One thing family, friends and those who hear about this battle can do is let Joshua concentrate on this mighty struggle and ease the burdens he shouldn’t have to worry about. That’s what Eden and a group of writers, editors and advertisers are doing. Many have donated books and services to help.

This is your chance to get back that good feeling of helping. And receive something physical in return. Help Joshua and his family and get a great book to read. You can even get a book signed by the author. That was always a dream of mine—and still is.

Not only will you help Joshua but you’ll be doing something every writer strives for: having someone read what they write. That’s what the people offering these services gets out of this—along with the same good feelings you’re after.

100% of all donations go to Joshua and his family for medical expenses and college loans—100%!

I’m asking all of my wonderful readers to think about it. And pass this post on to your other friends. This is not an effort to increase my readership. I’m still amazed that people read my little post. I want to help the family. Click on the ‘like’ button and it goes to FaceBook, Tweet about it—heck, send it out in an email. Spread the word and give. I have put Joshua on my list of “People I want to meet”.

One other thing I would ask of you. Pray for Joshua’s speedy recovery. I believe that prayers can move mountains, change the world and heal the sick. It’s not an add-on; it is the very foundation of medicine and the rock on which we all stand.

Open your hearts to Joshua and his family and give. Here’s the link to Joshua (That little sentence has so much meaning) 

With love and blessings to you,

16 responses to “JOSHUA – A Man of Destiny

  1. My lovely friend, Dannie,

    What a beautiful post to bring attention to Max’s son, Joshua. You’re amazing for writing this up.

    The community of authors has come through in spades, and I am humbled by the response. My role was merely to start the ball rolling and to ask for help. Those who responded gave freely and unconditionally of their books, services, and are now helping with spreading the word to get donations.

    I feel fortunate to be part of such a supportive and wonderful group of authors, writers, independent artists who are generous of heart. I have no doubt that with everyone’s help, we’ll be able to meet the goals of $10,000, and even more.

    Thanks so much for sharing Joshua’s story with your readers.


    Many thanks for taking the time to blog this, Dannie. You are truly inspiring.

    • Eden. I am so proud to call you friend! I’ve no doubt the goal will be reached and surpassed. I hope my little post will help make that happen. Josh really is one of the people I’d like to meet!

  2. This was a very touching post, Dannie. I’m reminded of Acts: 20:35 where it is is written that “…to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he Himself said that it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

    It does always feel good to give from your heart not expecting anything in return. I am keeping Joshua in my prayers and I wish him a speedy recovery. By uniting together as a community of authors, I believe we will reach our goal.

    God bless you, my friend.

    • Thank you, Rob. There is so much we can learn from theword of our Lord! I always get so much more from helping someone.

      Btw that was a great post you made in support of Joshua. It’s what inspired me to make this post. It’s a great feeling to be among such a group of talented people who care about one another. I know Max and his family feel the love we are sending them.

  3. Dannie, that’s a truly moving piece you’ve written there, and I share all your sentiments. Like you, I’m praying for Joshua and his family, and like other Indie authors who have donated to this cause, I am rooting for Eden who started the ball rolling and supporting this family whole-heartedly!

  4. Well Dannie,
    I was saddled with an award, and awards remind me of chain letters, so I’ve tweaked it a bit. I’ve passed it on to you, and used the link to Joshua’s post, so my readers can help pass his story along. Have a marvelous day -Kelly

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