Mother in Facebook prayer plea for sick son
The mother of a teenage cancer sufferer has issued a heartfelt plea for prayers for her son Joshua, who faces major cancer surgery next week.
Donaghadee woman Kim Martin put out the appeal through social media - and her loving words have already been shared thousands of times.
Joshua (13) was rushed to hospital in December last year with suspected appendicitis.
On Christmas Eve doctors discovered numerous tumours throughout his abdomen and he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
One primary tumour and five secondary tumours were removed.
His mother Kim said yesterday that Joshua's doctors have put back chemotherapy for Joshua in order to allow major surgery to go ahead next week.
On her Facebook page, Kim said: "Doctors have decided to postpone his next few chemo sessions - and have brought forward surgery which will take place this Tuesday.
"This is major surgery to remove a number of tumours and also carry out bowel surgery."
And she asked for people to pray for Josh's recovery.
"Please, please pray for our son.
"His wee body has been through a lot since Christmas.
"Please pray that the operation would be a complete success, wisdom for the surgical team, protection for Joshua's body, and a very speedy recovery."
Saying she had "lost count" of the number of blood transfusions Joshua had received, she also called for people to give blood.
"If you want to do something practical, then maybe you would consider giving blood.
"We are so thankful for those who donate blood. "It costs nothing and literally saves lives.
"But sometimes stocks are low and Joshua has to wait until someone has donated."
Joshua comes from a deeply religious family. His father Tim is a pastor in Bangor's Elim church.