Updated August 31, 1999

        It is with deep sorrow that I update this page that Jerry died very early this morning, August 31, 1999. There is some relief knowing Jerry rests in peace with God, his soul free of the body that ailed him, unafflicted by pain and discomfort. Jerry may now watch over his family and guide them with his spirit. God rests his soul. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to Nancy, Rhett, and Heath. There will be two memorial services: one in New Mexico on Thursday, September 2, 1999, and another in Iowa on Saturday, September 25, 1999.

        August 25, 1999

        My name is Amy, and I've put this page together for family friends who are enduring some very tough times right now. I live in Massachusetts, and my mom lives in New Mexico, quite a ways away from me. My mom's best friend in New Mexico is Nancy Weeks. The Weeks family are the two boys, Rhett (20) and Heath (18), and mom (Nancy) and dad (Jerry). I have actually never met the Weeks myself, but my brother has. He told me they are very good people. They have been very kind and caring to my mother. Everything I have heard from my mother is nothing but high praise for this family.

        The Weeks have certainly experienced some struggles in their life. They also are incredibly blessed with an abundance of love, more than most families probably ever know of. I think the Weeks know they are blessed with this.

        The Weeks credit their happiness, strength, and love to their enduring faith in God. My mother, I know, has been inspired and encouraged by the example they have set. It has always been my opinion that faith is about what you do, not what you say. The Weeks practice their faith daily. Here are a couple of pictures of the Weeks.

        Rhett, Nancy, and Heath
        (from left to right)

        Rhett, Jerry, and Heath
        (from left to right)

        About two years ago, Jerry was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

        Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer involving a malignancy of plasma cells. Plasma cells are the antibody-producing cells of the immune system and are found in the bone marrow. The disease is called multiple myeloma because the malignant plasma cells, or myeloma cells, grow uncontrollably and accumulate in multiple areas.

        The past two years have involved numerous treatments for Jerry, including chemotherapy and numerous blood and platelet transfusions. Just a few weeks ago, Jerry became very ill with sepsis, a life-threatening infection. The certainty of losing Jerry has been extremely difficult on their family. It is probably one of the saddest situations I have ever encountered in my life. I struggle to understand why, when there is so much love and strength in a family, something must come along to so damage that family unit. Then I realize that this struggle was probably given to this family BECAUSE of their strong faith and ability to endure. Still, it doesn't seem fair. Jerry's death is sure to leave a tremendous hole in their lives and family.

        This page is not much more than an opportunity for me to express my incredible sadness for this family and also to express my hope and encouragement for their continued love and support of each other. I also want them to realize how much they are admired by me for their strength and courage. They live their life by example, not by "words." It's actions that count.

        There are a variety of sites on the web with information and resources on multiple myeloma. I've listed just a few.

        Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
        International Myeloma Foundation
        Multiple Myeloma

        There are at least a couple of things which I know the general public can do that benefit those diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I know Jerry received numerous blood products, so donating blood is always important (America's Blood Centers). And if you've ever considered being a registered bone marrow donor and just haven't gone through it, consider it again (American Bone Marrow Donor Registry, National Marrow Donor Program).

        Say a quiet prayer for Jerry, Nancy, Rhett, and Heath. If you're not much for prayer, please keep them in your thoughts. I know they would appreciate it. If you have thoughts or prayers to pass along to them, you can e-mail them to me or leave them a message in the Thoughts and Prayer Book.

        Heath just started college this year, and he made the soccer team after over a week of tryouts under very difficult circumstances! We were all hoping he would make it. His dad taught him to play. It's a legacy he will carry on. And Rhett will be taking on some new responsibilties as the "man of the house." I lost my own father in August of 1988, so I know firsthand how difficult it is (and will be) for Rhett and Heath. I cannot even comprehend what this is like for Nancy or Jerry, who are still very much in love after 20+ years of marriage...something special and rare these days. I am quite certain that together, Nancy and Jerry have taught their children how to love well. That will be part of Jerry's legacy.

        Somehow, as much as I know everything happens for a reason, I can't fathom the reason for such a sad time as this. If reading about the Weeks situation has touched you in any way, shape, or form, I ask that you pass along this website to friends or family members...there is no such thing as too much support, education, or knowledge.

        In addition to my prayers, I also thank the Weeks for being good and kind to my mother. They have treated her as one of their family. The experience has enriched her life and helped to sustain her spirit at times, I'm sure.

        Psalm 91
        He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
        Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

        I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress:
        My God; in him will I trust.

        Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
        And from the noisome pestilence.

        He shall cover thee with his feathers,
        And under his wings shalt thou trust:
        His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

        Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
        Nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

        Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
        Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

        A thousand shall fall at thy side,
        And ten thousand at thy right hand;
        But it shall not come nigh thee.

        Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
        And see the reward of the wicked.

        Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge,
        Even the most High, thy habitation;

        There shall no evil befall thee,
        Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

        For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
        To keep thee in all thy ways.

        They shall bear thee up in their hands,
        Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

        Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
        The young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

        Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
        I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

        He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
        I will be with him in trouble;
        I will deliver him, and honour him.

        With long life will I satisfy him,
        And shew him my salvation.

        The Serenity Prayer
        God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
        The courage to change the things I can,
        And the wisdom to know the difference.

        E-mail me with a prayer
        to be passed on to the Weeks

        Leave the Weeks a message in the
        Thoughts and Prayer Book

        You are the person to visit this page.