Thursday, May 17, 2012

Braxton Citizen's News

"Local woman authors book dedicated to BCHS Class of 2012"

Dani Ramsey uses her son's own words telling of his fight with cancer as Micah recorded it in his journal

By: Erica Whitney ~ Braxton Citizen's News 5-15-2012

No matter how many people you meet during a lifetime, everyone knows someone who seems so confident. Life can throw these people a curve ball and they seem to roll with the blow. People often begin to obtain this ability as they age; but some people are just born with it. This was the case with Micah Ramsey; he seemed to be born with it. He was the son of Clark and Dani Ramsey of Rosedale. Micah would have graduated with the Braxton County High School Class of 2012. The impact that he made on his teachers, classmates, and community is evident everywhere. Many of the school's athletes wear a patch to honor the remarkable young many on their jerseys, showing that while he may be gone he will never be forgotten. Micah was fifteen years old when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called, Ewing's Sarcoma. Micah only had months left to live after the diagnosis, but he did not was a moment of that life. He was very vocal from the beginning of his illness about his faith in God. Upon diagnoses he responded, "We as human beings were created by God to worship and glorify Him. It is what we are designed to do. God also has had a plan for us since before we were born. Apparently one of His plans for my life is that I was to fight cancer. This is so that I can glorify and serve Him in some way. I do not know what this way is. What He is doing, I am sure, my simple mind cannot fathom. God is all-knowing and I am not. That is the plain and simple truth. He is going to be GREATLY GLORIFIED through me fighting cancer. Not because I am some great person, but because He is a great, might, and totally awesome God."

Those who knew Micah felt blessed to know him. His family has put together a book filled with excerpts of Micah's journal and notes and prayers. "The two years of writing were heart-wrenching as I poured over Micah's writings and tried to put the events into words, but the last six months have just been a lot of work." Dani said with a relieved smile on her face. "I wrote the book for the kids. I just felt I needed to tell the story to all of Micah's classmates and friends, so they really knew how he felt about the diagnosis and what transpired during those last 20 weeks. In fact, the book is dedicated the Braxton County High School Graduating Class of 2012, and every student will receive a copy before graduation."

Xulon Publishers has picked up the book, and has high hopes of seeing the book in Christian bookstores across the nation sometime this year. Copies may be purchased for $12 at the Outlet Mall in Flatwoods, WV, at Bear Heaven/Sunoco. The Ramseys want to thank everyone who made this project possible during the pre-sale which provided the financial backing needed for printing. "We pray everyone will be inspired by the telling of this true story of our son, Micah, who glorified God in life and death."

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