The Michael Novenche
Updated March 8, 2003
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ UPDATE
Please pray for Michael Novenche's
|Who is Michael Novenche?
Shortly after March 28, 2000, a request was sent to the internet for prayer regarding a brain tumor that Michael began fighting when he was only 2 years old. Since that time, this prayer request has crossed the internet and the globe with such fervor, it began appearing on many of the Urban Legend web sites. People were wondering if little Michael was the real thing or just another internet hoax.
Michael is a real child, alive and still fighting the tumor (a condition called "astrocytoma") that threatens his brain stem.
Michael Joseph Novenche was born on July 24, 1997. He is the beloved child of a large Italian/Irish family, many who reside in the Clifton Park, NY area. His father is of Italian descent, his mother Irish. Michael's grandmother, Nina Novenche, has been an integral part of communicating with those on the internet who seek to know more about Michael and it was through conversation with her that this web site was created - to provide a place for the internet community to easily keep in touch with Michael's progress.
At the age of 2, this small, loving child complained of headaches and other symptoms, including a loss of feeling in the left side of his body. He was taken to a hospital, where it was determined the tumor was too large to be operated on. A series of severe chemotherapy treatments were recommended for the little boy. Sensing something was not right, a family member contacted Dr. Fred J. Epstein, M.D. (an attending neurosurgeon and pediatric neurosurgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center - Singer, New York) who they had read about in Reader's Digest. Concerned about the recommended treatment, he agreed to look at Michael's MRI which another family member drove all the way into New York City in hopes that a less harmful solution could be found. After reviewing the MRI, it was determined that surgery could be safely done to remove part of the tumor, leaving much less to fight through chemotherapy treatments. In perhaps Michael's first miracle, he was saved from the original chemo, which Dr. Epstein felt would have been too much for his little 2 year old body. The disastrous results could have caused Michael's brain to swell and possibly have ended his life. The surgery was successful and chemotherapy treatments followed.
Michael's grandmother reports that even the doctors can tell the effect of prayer on their patients and have noticed that Michael has been blessed with such prayer. A deeply religious family, the Novenche's faith has been boosted by the outpouring of love from those on the internet willing to offer such prayers for not only Michael, but the family in this time of need. Michael's father gives thanks for every single prayer said on behalf of his son, as well as the family who gives thanks to all those helping their beloved child through prayers, novenas, the lighting of candles, etc.
From Nina Novenche:As of February 4th 2003, The tumor in Michael's head is stable. Praise God. Michael is currently on Chemotherapy and will start a stronger dose. We Thank everyone for their prayers and Hope everyone will continue to pray. We would also like to thank everyone who signed his guest book or submitted a prayer. May God bless you.
The test of true prayer and faith is when we have the strength to continue to uphold our love and determination to see any given situation through. While Michael has seen miraculous prayer bring him back physically time and again, it is by God's grace he is still with us.
I implore all those of faith who have been following Michael's progress to continue to pray as fervently each day as they did from the first time they heard about Michael; regardless of whether his health has stabilized or growth on some level is identified. Until the tumor is completely healed and gone from his body, our petitions in prayer are the only medicine Michael can never have too much of. May God recognize the resolve in our hearts and bless Michael with perfect and complete healing.
Beautiful words from Brother Henry:
Praying for Michael. We serve a God who cannot fail. Ask, He says, and you will receive. Seek, He says, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened...
True miracles, the type the church investigates and verifies, really do exist. Every day waits for the power of our combined faith for one to occur. I believe there is one such miracle waiting for Michael out there, just waiting to be realized. And so it is very important now that we continue to pray, say novenas, light candles, and send our healing energies not only out of love for Michael, but because Michael is so loved by God. Please, continue to pray as fervently as ever before for Michael. Our prayers have been heard, and as I said before the more prayer -the more power, the more power - the greater the miracle. Thank you all very much.
Michael still contends with the daily threats that any challenged immune system must deal with, such as fighting off fever, colds and sinus infections. Michael has a bubble in his head from his shunt and hopes some day to be free of this debilitating illness. All of us who know the joy of watching our children run wildly around the house in play can appreciate the depth of Michael's wish to no longer be ill and to play with the freedom and total abandonment that childhood allows.
Please pray for Michael's complete and perfect healing. If you can, please send a short prayer request to those you know will take it to heart and have time to pray, say a novena, light a candle, send healing love and good vibrations for little Michael and his family during this fight for Michael's life, as prayers are seen in the heavens as music to God's ears.
The e-mail link below will put you in direct contact with Michael's grandmother, Nina Novenche. You can also sign and view the Guest Book below. The guest book will only allow 200 characters (a little less than three lines) so please keep this in mind as you leave your message. If you would like to leave a longer note to the family, click on the e-mail link below.
If you would like to send cards of support to Michael and the family, they can be sent to:
Michael's Prayer Page: Due to the severe limitations
of the Guestbook facility, I have created a form that allows you to leave
an actual prayer of any length for Michael and his family. Use the buttons
below to either submit your own special prayer for Michael or view the prayers
that have been sent so far.
This web page was created out of love for Michael and the Novenche