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September 17, 2013

One day at a time

Local child stares down cancer, inspires a community

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Natasha said cancer’s presence didn’t stop her vibrant son’s running lifestyle. A normal, euphoric early childhood probably contributed to an impressive recovery.

“People ask me all the time if I think Abe knows he was sick. I honestly don’t think he has any clue. Even his doctors commented on how well he did. They said he never seemed depressed,” Natasha said. “A lot of kids get depressed because they are separated from their normal life. We didn’t isolate him from the world. He was everywhere. His doctors were big on letting him be a normal kid.” 

• The passing storm leaves bright mission

The Gainous family attends Milledgeville First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Faith previously and still does guide both parents.

Before Abram was born, his father remembers a guest pastor’s resonating sermon.

“He was talking about the storm that was coming and are you ready for the things that are going to happen in your life. We didn’t know it at the time, but God was talking to us directly,” Mark said. “I believe being members of the church got us prepared to handle some things that maybe we weren’t going to be prepared for. I don’t know if we could do it if we didn’t open up to God.”

The Georgia College Athletics and John Milledge Academy community all came to the coaches’ aid.

Game fundraisers and moral support over the past year and a half made all the difference.

“With those two ties, it felt like Abe was so loved. Everybody wanted to do something. We were extremely lucky and blessed for everything that was done for us,” the JMA girls’ basketball coach said. 

Orange-Out and Play for Abe days made for special memories. Now moving beyond a single cancer survivor, the Gainouses are turning up childhood cancer awareness.

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