Larry Provost

Yesterday my oldest Army buddy lost his foster son to cancer. Sadly Maryland, which funds almost everything, will not provide enough funds for in ground burial of foster children.

The overwhelming majority of foster parents care deeply about children. They take in foster children, feed them, clothe them, and cry with them, all out of the goodness of their heart. Most foster parents also do not have a lot of money. Indeed to take care of foster children at least one parent often has to stay home and not work. The families do not take in foster children to get rich but to help these children, to give them a real chance at making it in the world, and to ensure they help these kids grow into adults who will not be burdens on the public treasury.

Jordan was my friend’s foster son. He was a lovable young man. Jordan took in so well with my friend’s family that he was not just their foster son but one of their own. Their other children loved him too; they saw nothing different in him as he saw nothing different in them. Jordan had found a home even if legally he still belonged to Maryland.

Sadly foster children sometimes pass away. Jordan began coughing many months ago. The doctors found that it was cancer. Chemotherapy was attempted and seemed to work, at first. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy did not work and it became apparent that Jordan was not going to be cured of cancer. Amazingly, this is where Jordan finished well. His final months showed Jordan to be not just a child, but a man of great faith.

Throughout his visits to the hospital Jordan presented a face of calmness to his doctors. He told them that it would not be their fault if he was not cured. Jordan received many gifts from kind hearted people in his last few months. While he was greatly appreciative, he often gave those gifts away to the doctors, the nurses, and other sick patients believing it was better to give than to receive. Finally, Jordan would say to his foster family that even if he would not be cured on earth, he would be healed in Heaven; where he would be with his biological mother and with Jesus.

Yesterday morning, Jordan went to Heaven to meet his mother and Ultimate Healer. To the end, this amazing young man showed the same courage in the face of death that is the hallmark of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Like our soldiers, Jordan “belonged” to the government though his worth came from God. He understood that.

Larry Provost

Larry Provost currently works in Washington, D.C.