Roger was born about five years ago as a healthy baby but at a few months old he began to develop problems with the skin on his face and started having trouble seeing. Roger’s mother began visiting different clinics and hospitals trying to see a doctor who could tell her what was wrong with her son. On one of these taxi rides to a clinic, she met someone who referred her to Hope Again Medical Center. Although Hope Again could not help Roger with what would eventually be diagnosed as cancer Roger and his mother have become parts of BHTF.
Roger’s father left him and his mother when Roger began to get ill, so BHTF and KTA stepped in and began to help Roger with his medical expenses. For years Roger has been going back and forth to Kampala to see the best specialists, have skin grafts, and get general checkups. While the doctors did everything they could to keep Roger’s skin cancer from spreading, he eventually had to have one of his eyes removed, and has now lost the sight in his remaining eye. The cancer that has invaded Roger’s little body has refused to leave, and the doctors told his mother on her last visit to Kampala that they couldn’t get rid of the cancer, and there was nothing else to be done.
Know Think Act and their ministry partners believe that every life is incredibly valuable. We are all made in God’s image and have extreme worth to our creator. What I love so much about the founding story of action Ministry is that upon arriving in the community of lepers, people who had been cast out by society, Peter Ochiel didn’t first begin with treating their physical needs (he did that later), he began by reaching out to individuals and telling them that they had value, that God loved them and they had incredible worth.
While it is heartbreaking to know that Roger will never be free of this cancer, this post isn’t about being sad or mourning Roger. He is still very much alive and full of love and fun. We want to celebrate his life and the joy he has brought to those around him. We also want to thank everyone that has given in support of Roger for seeing the value in his story and in his life.