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Jul 3, 2016 Latest post:
Jul 3, 2016
James, Jennifer, Zackary and Connor joined First Baptist Church Reeltown earlier this year. I am a member there and offered to help Jennifer get this page going so she would not be left with the task. We wanted this page to happen for two reasons. One, so that people who wanted to help this family through prayer, monetary donations or in some other facet, could do so, and two, so that we could share with you the light James projects to those around him. James is from Tallassee, Alabama. He is the son of the lateTillman Judson Denning and Eula Belle Denning. James was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on New Years Eve, 2015 and is also a Type 2 Diabetic. Many of you may know ALS by the commonly referred name, LouGehrig's Disease. These diagnosis do not tell James's whole story though, his is a story of a believer in Christ, a husband, a father, a brother, and a friend. It is also a story of a person that shines a light onto the people he comes into contact with. I remember James from when I taught in Montgomery. Zackary and Connor attended the school where I taught and I always noticed him because he had this amazingly calming and kind presence. After leaving the Montgomery area, I did not see James or Jennifer for many years. Then, this year they showed up at Reeltown to enroll the kids for school. I quickly recognized them because that spirit James carries with him is one that is hard to forget. Since that time, I have met other people that have known James throughout his life and every one of them comment about the amazing spirit that he projects and say that he has had it his entire life. As I write this I can honestly say that I wish I was not creating this page for him. There are so many people, myself included, that cannot boast to shine Jesus's light onto others the way that James does, and it is heartbreaking to know that he and his family are having to fight this scary battle. James, Jennifer, Zackary and Connor are some of the bravest people I know and they need our help! James's ALS has progressed quickly and he is losing a lot of his muscle function. Also, because of a sore on his foot, James is currently around day 10 of a 40 day stay a East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC). James had to have surgery on this foot and cannot leave until it is healed. This means daily back and forth trips from Reeltown to Opelika for Jennifer and the boys, and means that they spend the majority of their time in a hospital room. This is hard for all of them, but especially hard for two thirteen year old boys. Also, I wanted to give a brief explanation of ALS. At this time ALS is and incurable disease, and as it progresses causes people to be unable to walk, talk, and eventually breathe. From that very brief overview, I am sure you have already guessed that neither James or Jennifer are able to work. Along with medical bills and basic necessities, as the disease progresses, they will need things like an IPad so that James can continue to communicate and a wheelchair accessible van. If you can, please join in helping us support this family and in getting these devices for this deserving man. If you are unable to help monetarily please keep James and his family close to your heart and in your prayers.