Josh McKeown, 32, youth minister of First UB in Holly Hill, Fla., was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2010. His attitude, in his own words: “Cancer has made me a better parent, a better husband, and a better pastor.”
The Daytona Beach News-Journal published a lengthy, and quite inspiring, story about Josh, called, “Pastor Credits Faith, Cancer for Making Him ‘Better’.” Some tidbits from it:
- Josh is participating in a clinical trial for an experimental chemotherapy at the M.D. Anderson cancer center in Houston, Texas. That saves about $9000 a month in medication.
- He started a support group for persons with cancer, their caregivers, and loved ones.
- A donation program called Josh’s Journey provides fellow cancer victims with any needs they might have, from orange juice to motorized scooters.
- Josh has written a 127-page memoir about his life since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, called, “The Gift of Cancer.” He started it two weeks after being diagnosed.
- Josh has been filling the pulpit of a nearby Baptist church whose pastor recently died, an opportunity which has led to other cooperation between First UB and the Baptist church.