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Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Story by Chuck Cannon on 03/11/2019

By CHUCK CANNON
Guardian editor

FORT POLK, La. It’s a question that’s been asked for as long as people have asked questions: Why do bad things happen to good people?
We talked about this very subject in my Sunday School class this week, and my thoughts immediately turned to Drake Quibodeaux, an 8-year-old youngster who is suffering from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma commonly known as DIPG a highly aggressive and difficult to treat tumor located at the base of the brain.
If ever there was a “bad thing” happening to a “good person,” this is it.
From what his parents have shared with me, Drake is a typical 8-year-old boy who enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting with his dad and brothers. He loves riding four wheelers, shooting and most things kids his age enjoy.
The Michael Mosier Foundation, dedicated to finding cures for brain stem cancers, reports that while medical advances in the past 40 years have greatly improved the survival rates of children diagnosed with most types of cancer, that’s not the case for those affected by DIPG. A child diagnosed with DIPG today faces the same prognosis as a child diagnosed 40 years ago. There is still no effective treatment and no chance of survival. Less than 1 percent of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis. The median survival time is 9 months from diagnosis.
Drake was diagnosed about 1 year ago, meaning that statistics say the youngster is running out of time. But you’d never know it by visiting with him and his family. They are confident that their son, brother, nephew, will be cured. Even Drake has told his mom, as she daily fights back the tears and despair that any mother would battle, “Don’t worry or cry. God’s got this. It will be OK.”
Watching Drake and his family members as they paid a visit to Fort Polk March 1, where Drake was given the oath of enlistment and made General of the Army at Fort Polk for the day, I was taken back to a time nearly 30 years ago as I prepared to head to an assignment in Germany. My spouse, Susan, son, Justin, and I paid a visit to my grandmother at the nursing home she had been in for a few years. She was elderly and frail and we knew she probably didn’t have long to be with us.
As we got up to leave, she asked, “Where is your next assignment?”
My mother said, “They’re going to Germany.”
In that instant, I could tell by the look on my grandmother’s face that she knew in her heart she would never see me again.
The same feeling passed over me during Drake’s visit. His mother said that his strength was ebbing and this was probably his last trip. She said hospice has been called in.
And again, I wonder, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”
While getting ready for work March 4, I heard of the tornado outbreak in Alabama on March 3 that claimed at least 23 some of them small children.
As a Christian, I know there are things I don’t understand now, that one day I will. But that doesn’t make me wonder any less or ease the pain today. I’m just glad I was able to cross paths and make friends with Drake and his family. I’ll not forget them or how they faced this trial with courage and faith.
I’m glad Fort Polk could provide this day for you, General Drake, and I pray that against all odds, we’ll see you again.

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