STORIES: The Miracle
It took nearly a year of continuous praying, fund-raising and lobbying for Alice Lawrence to get her miracle. The bone marrow donor she needed to fight her leukemia, one who would almost certainly be a compatible match for her, finally made it to her Greensboro, N.C., home.
Lawrence, 29, a Sudanese refugee who had survived imprisonment, torture and a prior bout with leukemia, received another chance to beat the odds. Jimmy Lawrence, Alice's younger brother, left his wife and son in Sudan to come to Alice's aid.
Four weeks after his arrival, the transplant was complete and the siblings were recovering together in Alice's hospital room. Though her chances for a complete and lasting remission are slim, the two accept this and follow their faith.
"God, I want everything to be not like we want," says Alice, "but your will."