On the left is my good friend Ed Minich. We are celebrating Smokey's ninth birthday back in June of this year. Ed is one of the guys who come over to my house every Monday night for a men's prayer and share group. We have been friends for about 12 years. We met when we were both on a Kairos Prison Ministry team. Since then we have spent many 4-day weekends together working with men in prison.
Back in July, Ed was diagnosed with brain cancer and on July 22 he had surgery to remove the tumor. After some time recuperating from the surgery he began an aggressive regimen of chemo and radiation therapy beginning the end of August. By the end of September he was too weak to care for himself and was hospitalized. After a few ups and downs he developed pneumonia and began a downward spiral. Ed was a strong and determined man but died this morning at about 11:30.
Ed was a realist. He knew what was going on and what his chances were. His primary concern was for his wife and family. He faced his situation with courage and resolve. He was one of the bravest men I have ever known. He was a wonderful friend.