Finn Needs Our Prayers

Finn Schafran

Cancer. Just typing the word makes me feel sick. Sadly our dear friends, Dan and BrandiLee Schafran’s little boy, Finn was just diagnosed with a rare malignant cancer called rhabdomyosarcosis. The battle has begun. Finn needs our prayers.

Who are the Schafrans you ask? They are: Our friends. Wonderful parents. Followers of Christ. Guests of David’s Refuge. Hosts of David’s Refuge. The parent of a child with special needs. Committed husband and wife. A family who needs our prayers. Scared. Faithful. Physically and emotionally exhausted. Overwhelmed. And now the parents of a child with cancer. The battle has begun. Finn needs our prayers.

The journey before them is going to be long and exhausting. It will include forty two weeks of chemo with radiation added in around week thirteen. There will be sleepless nights, blood transfusions, impaired immune system, nausea and diarrhea, loss of hair, and relational stress. The battle has begun. Finn needs our prayers.

Amazingly Dan and BrandiLee’s faith in a loving God despite the brokenness of the world we live in has remained rock solid. The following is from an email I got from Dan,

 We feel very drained – physically, mentally, and emotionally.  And yet through the entire process (from start to now) we have felt the underlying peace that comes only from God and have tangibly felt God sustaining us.  Psalm 46 says that God is our refuge and our ever present help.  Psalm 91 says that “he who dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest under the wings of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.”  Christ commanded those who are weary and heavy laden to come to him for his yoke is easy and his burden is light.  This is not just literary encouragement, but the very word of God which physically upholds us.  This is what helps us in the face of hardship from becoming myopic or despairing.”

The battle has begun. Finn needs our prayers.

I’m not sure where you are in your own faith journey, but would you please stop and say a short prayer for Finn and his family? Pray for his healing. Pray for his family. Pray that they would not feel alone and that they would find refuge in the extravagant love of God. Yes, the battle has begun. Finn needs our prayers.

PS: Please take a moment and write a word of encouragement to Dan and BrandiLee on this blog

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  1. Christina Stearns

    Many prayers for the healing and recovery of this child, and for the strength of his parents.

  2. Lori Houck

    Putting Finn in my prayer journal as well as Dan and BrendiLee. Prayer for healing, continued strength and peace that transcends all understanding. Your testimony will bless and encourage others as God Carey’s you through this journey.

  3. Donna Barbano

    My eyes welled up when I read this. You are most certainly in my thoughts and prayers. With much love, Donna Barbano (DeFrancisco)

  4. Theresa Grant

    Prayers from SC. Psalm 91 is a beautiful chapter to cling to. May Our Heavenly Father surround you with peace. Praying your son will be healed and have a beautiful future with a strong testimony. Truly, I hope you feel His mighty hug today. You are not alone!

  5. Deborah Cavaangh

    prayers for the whole family.

  6. Debbie Miller

    I am praying for you and your family. You know God, so you can spend every second just loving your angel knowing God has all of you in his hands.

  7. Cheri

    Words are hard to come by for me; having just come out of the cancer battle with both of my parents. I will pray HIS strength, wisdom, and rest for your family!!

  8. Nicole LaMonte DeGolier

    You are all in our thoughts & prayers! Finn will be ok, he’s got God’s light shining on him ❤️

  9. Kristen Muir

    We don’t know your family, but know that we are praying for you!!!! God is bigger!

  10. Lisa Hodgkins

    Prayers for you and your family – for healing and blessings as you go through this journey.

  11. Brenda Conley

    Prayers have been, are, an will continue to be said for the entire Schafran family.

  12. Anne Brandolini

    Prayers for Finn and your family. I have added your family to my prayer journal. May God continue to give you strength, healing for your precious son, and hold all of you close.

  13. Jesslin

    My Dearest Bran & Dan,
    My love pours out to you both. My heart aches for you both and my prayers are never ending for my sweet nephew Finn. I pray for God’s strength and healing and for the underlying peace to be with you at all times. Your strength, words and neverending love for God is just beyond inspiring to all of those that surround you. Here for you always!

  14. Lynn Maloney

    We are praying for Finn and the entire family. Sending our love to all

  15. Jackie & Drew McNichol

    May the comforts of those around you give you strength and support in this difficult journey. You are not alone and we pray that is shown to you and felt by you daily.

  16. Melissa Salamon

    Praying for your family.

  17. Kris Hebert

    Praying hard that God will give you and Finn strength. <3

  18. Ruthie

    Sweet children of God…your faith and love of so strong all of your boys have the cover of Gods cloak. I have watched your family grow…struggle..prosper….on its mission to be the Christian family God has intended you to be….you have the perseverance that king Solomon told us we will need in our lives….stay within..the arms of Jesus…and the mercy we all seek will be found…..
    If there is anything…i can do….ask…and i will do my best…God Bless…all..

  19. Nicole lagala

    Praying for you and your family. ♡ my god heal your precious baby boy. Hes so lucky to have such strong parents.

  20. Jennifer Carter

    I pray for Finn and you all! I can only imagine the struggle and emotions in this time. Recently going through this with my dad I know how taxing it is and then for it to be just a baby….my heart breaks! But we all know God is an almighty God and a healer and he can heal him! I pray that God works his magic and that beautiful boy is healed and doesn’t even have to go through all those treatment! Stay strong in Him and he will hold you up and direct you path! You both are amazing parents! Hold on!

  21. Amanda Tapke

    This absolutely broke my heart and tears started streaming when I saw this. No child should ever go through this horrible disease. Sending Finn so much love as he goes through this. You’re a strong, beautiful little man, and so many people are on your side. And so much love to his mom, dad, brothers and family.💕

  22. Julie Crosby

    Praying for your beautiful family!!

  23. Anne Louise Platten

    Dan and BrandiLee,
    I am lifting you and Finn up in prayer to Our Heavenly Father. You are a light shining for His Glory in this dark world and at this most difficult time. I pray God continues to give fill you with His strength, His peace, and His comfort. I pray you continue to share your faith throughout this trial – God will use this experience for His good. I pray for complete healing for Finn before he finishes treatment.

  24. Marlene Hooper

    Prayers and hugs to you and your beautiful Finn.

  25. Laurel Bullock

    Just read this and am so sad! Praying for strength and miracles! Laurel and Doug Bullock

  26. nyharmony

    Praying for you to continue to feel the peace that only God can provide, for Him to fill your family with strength, for the doctors & medical staff to be guided by His masterful hand & be led by His wisdom, that those you may come into contact with may be blessings & sources of encouragement & that they will see His light shining through you as well. I pray for healing for Finn❤️

  27. Deborah Porretta Smola

    Praying for Finn and his family! God Bless you all!

  28. Theresa Schafran

    Our Prayers are with you and your lovely family. Love you all Theresa

  29. Kali Schrader

    We are all with you in this battle, please don’t feel that you are alone in this fight! Although we may not be there physically to help share the burden of what lies ahead we are always there in spirit and our thoughts and prayers are always with Finn, you, and your family! We hope that Finn feels much better soon!

  30. Grace Hunt

    Is there a way to get their address? I would like to send a card! Thanks!

  31. davidsrefuge

    Hi Grace,
    I will sent them your contact information and have them reply to you. Thanks for caring for them and letting them know they are not alone and loved by you and God.

  32. doug bullock

    I am sorry Dan and Brandi Lee… this must be so hard. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  33. Judith Moody

    Dan and Brandi, just received the email from Jennifer. My cousins daughter. Will be praying for you both. This is a very hard time but we can all get comfort in knowing that God loves you and Finn. Will continue to pray for you all.

  34. Jacquie Dacey

    My heartfelt prayers for this sweet little boy and his entire family…especially his Mom and Dad! May God bless them richly as they move forward in their journey of healing.

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