by Jason & Katie Eck (on behalf of many friends and family!)
Generous friends and family of Paul and Annie-
It is with heavy hearts that we relay what many of you already know: Our strong and faithful friend lost his short, but heroic, battle with cancer yesterday, and has returned home to our Lord.
Paul's will to live was admirable and through his suffering he has touched thousands of lives. Already the stories of people who have had their lives impacted by witnessing his faith and fight are countless.
We went to visit Paul two weeks ago at Vanderbilt University Medical Hospital and as soon as we could sit down Paul started talking about how "awesome" seeing the house finished would be. He said "I hope I can come hang out with you guys while you're working, even if I'm in a wheelchair." He was so excited that his friends, family, and even strangers, were pulling together to help finish his home, and cover his medical expenses. He told us: "It's so amazing how much love and support people are showing us. It's really amazing." We wish everyone could be there in the room to see and hear his joy, even in his pain. The picture attached was taken earlier that evening by a mutual friend.
Please know that Paul and Ann have both expressed how much they appreciated everyone's generosity. Beyond financial contributions, the prayers have been overwhelming and sustained them and the family during the last few weeks. Please continue the prayers!
We will continue to fundraise for Annie and the kids-we plan to increase the goal, as now Annie will surely need to provide for the children on her own and will need even more help financially.
Our loss is heaven's gain, and although we are heartbroken, we also have no doubt that Paul, a true saint, is experiencing a love and joy now in heaven with his 4 babies, and the rest of the angels and saints. #prayforuspaul
Wake: 5-7 pm Friday, 1.23, at St. John's in Lewisburg, TN
Funeral: 10 am Saturday, 1.24, at St. Catherine of Siena in Columbia, TN
Annie is asking that everyone dress in bright colors to celebrate Paul's constant radiant light!
p.s. Paul will indeed be "hanging out" while the volunteers work on the house. He will be buried about 1500 feet from the home, next to his and Annie's babies.