NOTE: This is a repost of an earlier post from 2013, with some slight editing.
One of the biggest highlights of Harrison’s fight against cancer was a phone call he received from Peyton Manning. When Harrison was at his lowest point, and the doctors were convinced he was going to die from the leukemia that refused to respond to chemo, our oncologist and a host of people coordinated a phone call from Manning. I enjoyed watching Harrison’s reaction during and after the call. He was SO VERY SICK from the cancer and the treatment, but the call lifted his spirits.
What I most remember about the call was Harrison’s statement to Manning, who was in the middle of his own physical struggle at the time:
“I’ll pray that you get better.”
And Peyton said, “I’ll pray for you, too.”
Imagine that, being prayer partners with Peyton Manning!
Within the week, thanks to an experimental targeted therapy, Harrison was in remission. He even went on to lead his baseball team to the league championship.
And Manning? Not only did he recover and return to the NFL, but he went on to throw 40 touchdowns and the lead the Broncos to the playoffs. And last week he threw a record-tying seven TDs in one game.
I would say having Harrison pray for you might be a good thing!
At the point when everyone, including his doctors, thought Harrison might soon be dead, was concerned enough to pray for someone else. Forgetting his own pain and sickness, in that moment he showed what it means to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
He never ceases to amaze me.
“He’s obviously back and full throttle,” Eli Manning said. “After seven touchdowns, there isn’t any doubt. And maybe there wasn’t after 40 touchdowns last year. You know, he never ceases to amaze me.”