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Prayer service held for local resident with leukemia
Clay Chandler to receive stem cell transplant
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Clay Chandler enjoys some time with his son Callan while he awaits stem cell surgery set for Thursday in Houston. - photo by Special

Family, friends and community members gathered last week for a prayer service at Connection Church for local resident Clay Chandler, owner of Chandler Roofing.

Chandler was diagnosed last summer with T-cell large granular lymphocytic, or LGL, leukemia.

Following the diagnosis, Chandler received several rounds of chemotherapy and other treatment, but it was later determined that he would need a stem cell transplant.

The Chandler family — Clay, wife Maryn and son Callan, who turns 1 in June — and extended family members flew to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Jan. 11, but a high fever delayed Chandler’s immediate treatment. Once the fever subsided with medications, Chandler began strong rounds of chemotherapy in preparation for the stem cell transplant scheduled for Thursday.

After the transplant, he is expected remain in Texas for approximately 100 days to recover.

Bo Fordham opened the prayer service at Connection last week with this prayer: “We honor you, God. We give you praise and thank you for being an awesome God. We thank you for the ability to fall on our knees and cry out to you, Lord, for Clay Chandler’s healing, that you might be glorified.”

Jody Stubbs gave a brief update on Chandler’s condition and prayed for his healing, “that the world may see God is still in the healing business.”

Stubbs prayed for the unknown donor that will make possible Chandler’s transplant, adding, “God, we know that Noah worked 100 years plus to build the ark, but God had to close the hatch. Even with all the medical research and physicians’ skill, will you seal the deal, God, so that you will receive all the glory and honor in Clay Chandler?”

Stewart Moody told those at the prayer vigil that prayer is the great reminder that we are not God, but we know who is.

“God wants to reveal himself as one that is able,” he said. “In Ephesians 3 of the Bible, Paul knew that God could do more than we could imagine, more than we could ever ask for.”

Following the large group prayers, those in attendance formed small prayer groups to intercede on behalf of the Chandler family.

“We are amazed by the heavy prayer warrior support from Bulloch County and all over the country, really,” said Maryn Chandler. “The support and prayers are definitely felt here in Texas. We both are beyond blessed to have such great support from our families, friends and community.”

Maryn and Clay will celebrate five years of marriage on April 23 and dated three years prior to marrying.

“We were actually kind of set up by my cousin and his family,” Maryn said. “I was Mary Chandler’s [Clay’s niece’s] babysitter, so the running joke is that he stole the babysitter.”

A sense of humor, a positive attitude, a strong faith and the support and love of family, friends and the community will go a long way in Chandler’s recovery.

Maryn and Clay are able to post updates and keep in touch with those back home and around the country through the Facebook page they and others created, “Friends of Clay Chandler.”

Some of those same friends and prayer warriors are hosting a benefit golf tournament on March 31, Clay’s 40th birthday, to help defray some of the medical and incidental costs of a lengthy hospital stay.

To encourage the Chandler family with prayers and well wishes or to find out more about the golf tournament, visit the Friends of Clay Chandler Facebook page and leave a message.


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