Patrick Froehling’s journey began March 18. Over the next few days, the 23-month old began taking more naps than normal. Keith and Erin Froehling, parents of four children, became concerned by the change in Patrick's sleeping pattern. They brought him to his pediatrician, Dr. Louis Forte in Benton. Forte is also Patrick's grandfather. A CT scan revealed pressure on Patrick’s brain, causing the Froehlings to take Patrick to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
Following an MRI on March 24, the family learned Patrick’s tumors had spread along his brain and down his spine.
According to Erin’s account on Facebook, that was when faith took over. The family began praying for a miracle and, in using the social networking site, is hoping others will do the same.
More than 4,800 Facebook members have joined the Froehling’s prayer group. The site serves as a daily outpouring of inspiration and support from friends and family hundreds of miles away as the Froehlings remain at Patrick’s side throughout the ordeal.
Family friend Melanie Ledford said the prayers and support have helped the family stay strong.
“Patrick has been through five or six surgeries so far,” Ledford said. “His parents been with him for 46 days. They’re at the hospital 24-7.”
Ledford said the Froehlings hope others will join in their journey for a miracle.
To join in sending support to Patrick and the Froehling family, search “Prayers for Patrick” on Facebook. An account for monetary donations to the Froehling family has been established at Heritage Bank. Donations may be made at any Heritage branch bank.