Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Prayers are requested for Joe William Sheffield, a little boy in Georgia who has cancer.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: This request for prayers on behalf of a cancer-stricken child was on the up-and-up — there is such a little boy, and his situation is as described. Moreover, the "prayer beeper" was also for real; we tested it, and it worked as advertised.
However, the prayer beeper is no longer active. According to the diary entries made by his family on the church's web site, the boy has gotten a great deal better, so they have decided to turn off the pager. According to an entry dated
We have turned in the pager. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the prayers and pages. This meant so much to our family. The prayer pager ministry touched so many people around the U.S. and the world. There have been other cancer patients who have received a prayer pager in other parts of the US, thanks to First Baptist. I am so glad our church provided this ministry for us. Thanks again for all that you did for my family during the pastWhile it was in operation (which was about eight months, by our counting), to let Joe William know folks were praying for him, they would call 1-877-546-0248 (a toll-free number). At the beep after the message, they would dial 733, which was a special code meaning "Praying for you." (The digits "733" represented the number of letters in each
As to why prayers were needed, this 10-year-old boy was diagnosed on
As of this writing, Joe William has weathered six rounds of chemotherapy. Judging from his family's reports of his condition (which can be found as diary entries in a special section of the Tifton First Baptist Church's web site), the battle against his cancer is going very well, and the lad is scheduled to have his first
The boy lost his hair to the chemo treatments he had to undergo, but in a show of support in
Others of Joe William's acquaintance have also out of solidarity with the stricken boy gone the way of the razor, as the many photos of the boy and his family and friends show.
Barbara "aren't you glad to hear you're just being asked to make a phone call?" Mikkelson
Last updated: 28 October 2007
This material may not be reproduced without permission.
snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com.