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Asking For Your Prayers

Hey this is James, Joel’s brother, just asking you to pray. 

Cora is beginning her first round of chemotherapy right now, and we just wanted to remind you to pray especially hard at this time because the first dose of this treatment is really critical, with a lot of risks involved. Her treatments will last for the next 78 hours, so please remember to pray for her especially in these next few days. 

This is a really difficult time for us all, but it means so much to know that you are lifting us up before our Heavenly Father all over the world. Please continue to ask Him for a miracle.
  • Jenna - Praying for your family as you go through these trying times. I will be in prayer for your Cora.

    Praying in FL

  • Jenni - Was praying for Cora in my sleep last night.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney and the Boys - God bless you in this journey with Cora…you all will be in my prayers…

    Courtney in IndianaReplyCancel

  • Holly Green - Having 2 sweet little girls myself, it breaks my heart to hear about your little girl. I will continue to pray for strength for your family and especially for Cora. We do know that God is in control of all things and that this is not too big for Him.ReplyCancel

  • Soni Henry - Praying for your beautiful little baby. Praying for healing, peace, and comfort for all of your family.ReplyCancel

  • Fran - Cora and you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. We serve a mighty God, may He comfort you and strengthen you during this time.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Just came across your blog..wanted to let you know that prayers for Cora are being said in Cape Girardeau, MO.ReplyCancel

  • KK - You are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for healing for Cora and peace of mind for her family.
    Blessings today and every day,
    Matthew 21:22ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - I will pray for your sweet cora. I can’t seem to find your email. Is there any way you can email me at from your email address?



  • C.C. and Double T - I am praying for you and encouraging those who read my blog to do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Joel, Jess, and Baby Cora, We have being praying for you everyday. We love you, Timothy and Andrea GreeneReplyCancel

  • Marcy - Praying for your family and your sweet little girl!ReplyCancel

  • burgmom - Praying for you and your family tonight.ReplyCancel

  • Kay - I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. I know you’re on overload right now, but if you get to a point that you want more info, there is plenty to be had at


  • PamperingBeki - Praying day and night for Cora and the entire family.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Kay - Praying for sweet little Cora!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie & Andy Holzwarth - We are praying for you, Cora, Joel & Jess!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - found you through another blog. cannot imagine. asking God to bring your family to my mind so that i will prayReplyCancel

  • lgraves - praying.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Found you through Bring the Rain. I am heartbroken for you and your sweet baby, Cora. As a mother, I cannot imagine what you must be going through…

    God is so great, and He will use this situation to the good of His glory.

    I am praying for you all!



  • -stephanie- - praying for a complete healing for Cora. What a doll she is.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Praying for you and your sweet baby girl. I will continue to pray and pray until she is healed. She is a beautiful little girl and she is so lucky to have parents who love her so much!! Many blessings to you!

    Rachel in OhioReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We will pray continually.

    Love, Brian, Shana, Jace & KaeteReplyCancel

  • tahnie - hi there,

    i am a stranger and just found you from angie smith’s twitter. i’m not sure if you have already met with a child life specialist but please PLEASE request one if you haven’t already. i am training to become one myself and they can be a great help to your daughter Cora as well as helping to ease YOUR stress and emotions with such a diagnosis like this.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am praying for your precious baby and your family! May God give you the peace that passeth all understanding and I know he will. There are alot of people at Schowalter Villa praying for you all.ReplyCancel

  • tahnie - PS;

    If you would like to know more about Child Life Specialists feel free to email me at

    What children’s hospital are you at?ReplyCancel

  • Myra - I am praying for your sweet baby girl. I am a neuroblastoma SURVIVOR… so keep your faith and she WILL be healed!

    Many Blessings!!ReplyCancel

  • The Paynes - Praying for a miracle.
    – Danaly Payne (Lumberton, TX)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am lifting you and your precious Cora up in prayer. My heart aches for you and your sweet little girl. Praise the Lord that you know Him! He is the only One who can carry you through. Your faith is so inspiring.ReplyCancel

  • The Bohrer's - We won’t stop praying.

    Brice & HeidiReplyCancel

  • dmelen - We will pray for your family and for Cora. What a sweet, angel little girl. God Bless,

  • Anonymous - Praying for your WHOLE family at this very difficult time.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy B - Wanted to let you know that I’m praying for your sweet baby girl and just know that God is in control.ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Cora and all of your family are in our prayers tonight.

    Darrel and Gail VothReplyCancel

  • Aaron and Shannon - Joel and Jess— we are so glad we got to see you tonight. We are and will be praying for you all.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - PRAYING so hard. And believing that JESUS answers prayers.ReplyCancel

  • carlee Brian - Praying for your family and your precious little one, Cora..May the Lord be your comforter, healer, encourager, and strength through this journey..TRUST HIM!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi,

    I read your story by request from a friend – know that people in Minnesota and North Dakota are praying for you, your husband and most importantly, your baby girl. The power of prayer is unimaginable. Keep your head up and know that many loved ones, friends, and family’s thoughts are with you and your family during this tough challenge.ReplyCancel

  • Jill (Sneaky Momma) - I’m praying for you and your family, especially for sweet little Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am praying, lifting your family up and thinking about you always. I am passing this on to churches and friends, and relatives to tell others to pray too. Miracles do happen!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - I read Loren and Anne’s blog-We’re praying for your family. You’re so blessed to have such a sweet little girl, I know God will take care of her.

    Mike and ChelseaReplyCancel

  • Cristy - I BELIEVE that Cora will be healed!Praying for complete healing…

    Keep believing in Him! Huge hugs tonight.

    “So Jesus answered and said to them ‘Have Faith in God’.
    *Mark 11:22*

    Cristy HarderReplyCancel

  • Jan - Praying so hard for beautiful little Cora and all her family.ReplyCancel

  • He And Me + 3 - My heart is breaking for you… I am praying for your sweet girl. Praying strength for your family and complete healing for Cora.ReplyCancel

  • Pam - I just found out about Cora from Angie Smith’s Twitter. I’ll be praying for everyone involved! Please update as you can so we will know how you all are doing and if there are specific areas we need to pray for.

    Peace be with you,

  • Tobie - We have been praying for Cora and your family day and night!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - I am Dave Balzer’s sister and I just wanted you to know we are praying for you all.
    Stefanie RothReplyCancel

  • The Balzers - I know God is holding Cora tighter right now than EVER! He is holding you too! We are praying harder than ever! The miracle worker is on YOUR side! We love you!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I believe in the Father Almighty. I believe that his capabilities are more than we can comprehend. I believe that He is holding you and your family so closely. Beautiful Cora.. so innocent, be strong and fight hard. To Jes and Joel, God is holding you in the palm of his hand.ReplyCancel

  • heather spratt - I found your blog through Angie Smith’s blog “Bring the Rain”. I am so so sorry that you have to travel this road…thankfully, as believers in Jesus Christ, we know that we do not ever travel alone. Praise God for that! I am a cancer survivor myself and I know first hand what it is like to be on the receiving end of prayer…it is so humbling and powerful…Our God is an awesome God, the great physician, the author of everything. He is capable of healing and miracles! I will be lifting your precious Cora up to our Heavenly Father and pray for peace and healing.

    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all of their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18


  • Rosemary - Thank you for your blog so that we will know how to pray! Your precious Cora is in my thoughts and prayers frequently….. as are you Joel and Jess. May the Lord hold you close!ReplyCancel

  • Marla Taviano - Praying for little Cora!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Jess, I’m crying now because of all the people who are praying for precious Cora. How amazing!! I’m believing God for the healing of Cora. Cora’s story is already touching so many and God is going to use it!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - I was given the link to your blog from a friend. What a beautiful family the three of you are! I can’t stop thinking about your struggles. May you receive the good grace of God during this time.

    Thoughts from ND

  • Jennifer - I want you to know that Cora has been on my mind all day today. Everytime I get a moment I pray for her. I have been telling everyone I know to pray with me and lift up your daughter to our Lord. We all believe in Miracles. Our God is an AWESOME God.ReplyCancel

  • The Stuckys - We love you Cora, Jess & Joel and are praying continually for you!ReplyCancel

  • workout mommy - i am praying for your little girl and your family.


  • Dune - Jess, Joel and Baby Cora,
    We love you and are sending our love and prayers for health and healing to all of you.
    Much Love from Lecia Beverlin Rand, Gregg and Rhiana.ReplyCancel

  • Josie - I found you through Bring the Rain and wanted to send you love and support. We have our own sick baby girl and we know how difficult this road can be. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers, tonight and always.

    The Kurz Family
    Richmond, VirginiaReplyCancel

  • doll's spot - Thank you for letting us see you today, pray and cry. It is SO EVIDENT how the Lord is surronding you. IN such a dark, heavy place, you two shined with His light. Remember that! We love you and are praying with all we have, you are amazing parents~
    Abbe & AdamReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Your girl is beautiful! I will be keeping you in my prayers. Cling tight to your Savior during this difficult time. He will get through this valley in your life.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - No one can ever imagine something like this could happen to them, and when it does God holds our hand. He carries us, only one set of footprints in the sand. Many people will ask you HOW you made it through, and it is my understanding that you will say with grace, humility, and GOD. I pray that one day you will be able to say that while holding your daughters hand when she asks “mom and dad, tell me about the time when I was sick.” PRAYING PRAYING PRAYING for you and your sweet baby!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - Praying for you and your family and passing your story on so others can do the same! We serve an awesome and powerful God!! (friends of the Boccia’s)ReplyCancel

  • tiff - We are also praying out here in Seattle for you and precious Cora. Our hearts are with you.
    Ryan & Tiff Classen (Tony’s fam)ReplyCancel

  • Deborah - Sent by Marla…praying for you in Ohio!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Praying for you in Iowa. Asking other’s to do the same.

  • Anonymous - Let us come together as The Body of Christ and pray. Prayers are being said and prayers are being heard. I was referred here by “Bring the Rain”
    Kelly in NMReplyCancel

  • aimee - Since coming to your site through Angie’s (Bring the Rain), and reading about sweet Cora, I cannot stop thinking about her tonite. Each time she comes into my mind I have prayed for her and your family. My daughter is about the same age and it breaks my heart to think of how scared you must be and how worried you are for your baby. I don’t comment on blogs often, but I felt compelled to let you know I’ve been praying, and will continue to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Jess, Joel and Cora…
    May the Lord walk beside you to comfort you.
    May the Lord walk above you to watch over you.
    May the Lord walk behind you to keep you safe.
    May the Lord walk before you to show you the way.
    You and your families are all in our prayers.
    Brad and JulieReplyCancel

  • Lane - In prayer. God BlessReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Truly cannot even imagine. Will be praying for Cora like crazy over the next 78 hours. Our God is a God who heals…ReplyCancel

  • The Reavises - We want you all to know that we are praying for Cora every time we think about her. We and others at our church are lifting your family and Cora up in prayer to our Lord Christ for strength, healing, and encouragement.
    -The Reavises and others at Memorial Lutheran Church, HoustonReplyCancel

  • meg duerksen - loved our visit today. it was so good for my heart to physically see you. thank you for that. that precious girl is on my mind all the time. craig had a car accident today…at the same time that i was at the hospital with you. he was okay but his car wasn’t and he said “thinking of cora got me through…it’s perspective…who cares about a car?” very touching. we are all just on our knees for you all. you are so loved.
    i gave talby her big hug from you. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Incredible. Over 3,000 hits to your blog and over 70 comments in less than 6 hours. THOUSANDS of people are praying for you guys and sweet Cora. May you all feel the covering of prayer tonight and in the days that follow. You are constantly on our hearts. God is doing incredible things through your testimony and through Cora. We love you so much. Laura, Michael & HunterReplyCancel

  • Jaimi - I’m praying for that sweet little girl, Cora. May she find the strength and courage to get through this storm.

    Praying in Indiana

  • Ashleigh - I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going through. I am so sorry. I am praying for a complete healing.

    Praying in MO,

  • Jennifer - I just found your blog a few minutes ago and I will be spending a while reading. Praying for Baby Cora!! What a beautiful name for an even more beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I am praying for complete and quick healing for sweet Cora!! May God give you all peace and strength!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - We are praying for you. It breaks my heart to know your precious little daughter is going through this. I pray that God will give you immeasurable grace and comfort at this time. There are so many people praying for you and so many people who love you guys!

    Praying for you,

    Traci (Tilson) Hutchinson and my familyReplyCancel

  • Tim Lambert - Hi from Tim and Kerrie Lambert,in Chambers, NE. Our daughter, Molly is now 5 years in remission from AML leukemia. I remember the agony of waiting for test results like it was yesterday. You have a beautiful baby and our family will pray for a full recovery for Cora. God be with you and grant you strength for the days ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Mansi Rana - Hi,

    My name Mansi from India.

    I am a mother & surely understand the pain you both must have been going through.

    I pray to God from Bottom of my heart to make life beautiful for Cora again.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - Our family will keep yours in our every prayer. Lean on your faith and know that God cradles her in his arms.

    Love In Christ
    Kelly and Courtney Mayfield
    Augusta, Ks.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t know you, stumbled on your blog, but I believe that the Lord led me to read it. I am praying without ceasing for Cora and will put her on my church’s prayer chain in Michigan and ask my sister in Indiana to do the same. God will unite us all to ask for complete healing for your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I don’t know you, stumbled on your blog, but I believe that the Lord led me to read it. I am praying without ceasing for Cora and will put her on my church’s prayer chain in Michigan and ask my sister in Indiana to do the same. God will unite us all to ask for complete healing for your beautiful baby!ReplyCancel

  • My name is Megan... - I am praying for this family and baby Cora!!!!ReplyCancel