Thursday, 7 August 2008

Liam's Visit to McMaster for his Plan of Care

Today we left for a visit with Dr. Singh who talked to us about the plan of care for Liam's brain tumor. Liam had his prayer book with all of your prayers. He was reading it in the car on the way there. They are a real blessing for him. If he doesn't recognize a name he asks who it is and where they are from. He thinks it is really cool that people would pray for him even if they don't know him personally. We still have lots of room in his book so if you would like to send one just comment to this blog or send an email and I will print it out for his book. Liam also brought a bible that he wanted to give away and leave in the waiting room. Liam's prayer is that this bible will be taken by someone who needs it. The following is the note that he dictated to his Grandma Lynda for the inside.

This Bible is a gift for you

I would like to give this bible to all the sick people in the hospital, kids and parents, aunts and uncles, grandpas and grandmas. I am Liam McGibbon and I am 8 yrs old and I have a brain tumor. I want you to take it and read it because it is not just a story, it's true and it was actually way before in olden times. It is so amazing how God does things through Jesus and other people. Some things are sad parts and some are happy parts, maybe not happy to you but to the family of the person who was blind or sick or a paralyzed person. One of my favourite parts is about what a man’s friends do for him to get him to Jesus so He can heal him. You can find this story three different times. Read it in Luke 5 pg156, Mark 2 pg 90, Matthew 9 pg 24.

Please pray with Liam and our family that this bible will be a blessing to someone at the hospital who needs to hear about real hope. Liam wants to continue to bring a bible to all the waiting rooms for his appointments and tests in the future. ( We took this photo of Liam today at the hospital with his bible and prayer book)

Dr. Singh was great again with Liam today. She is recommending surgery to remove "tubby" the tumor. She explained to Liam that she thinks it needs to come out and that she is booking the surgery for October. He then went to play in their playroom while she explained to Jason and I why she feels this is the best course of action for Liam. Although the surgery is a difficult one because of the position of the tumor (the ventricle is the middle of his brain) she believes that it is better to deal with the risks of this surgery then to deal with the complications that could arise in a wait and see approach. By waiting we take the chance that the tumor could affect Liam's health making the recovery harder. We also take the chance that the tumor could begin to branch out and attach to other parts of the brain making it harder to totally remove it.

Over the next 6-8 weeks, Liam will be undergoing more investigative procedures that Dr. Singh will use to map out his brain. From what we understand they will be able to create a three dimensional map of Liam's brain. This will include all the positions of the veins and arteries and functions and they will use map to decide which approach she will use for the surgery. Please be in prayer for Dr. Singh and we ask that you continue to pray for complete healing for Liam, for wisdom for Jason and I as parents and for his brothers and sisters. We will continue to update this site and to send out email updates when we know the dates of the new tests and the surgery.


  1. Hi Liam. We're very proud of you for leaving a Bible at the hospital and especially for leaving a personal note from you inside it. I'll bet that that made God smile :)

    We will continue to pray for you and your family and the medical staff taking care of you. May God bless you with wisdom and stature and favour with Him and with people and with your treatments.

    We love you lots. May everyone see Jesus in you like we do.

    Blessings and love from the Garner's from Family Camp.

  2. Thanks for the update, Kimberley! You guys are in our thoughts and prayers. Give Liam and all of the children a big hug from me. Love you!

  3. Liam, My name is Nora and I'm from Monroe, North Carlina. I have been reading about your journey and just wanted to tell you I am praying for you! Your note in the Bible you took to the hospital shows a lot of wisdom and a heart that is walking with God. Hold tightly to His hand, Liam. He won't ever let go. God bless you and give you His peace...Nora

  4. Hello McGibbon Family!
    Liam, you are such an amazing young man! I admire your strength and desire to share God's amazing love. Even in the difficult times, God is always with us and can use these times to strengthen us and others. I know that you have touch my heart personally and many others.
    Ephesians 3:20
    Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. AMEN
    We are praying for you here in Asheville!

    With love and lots of prayers,
    Kendra Cathey

  5. Hello, Liam. I just found out about you this morning at our prayer group in Asheville, NC. God sure created someone special when He made you and I know you make Him proud. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 32:27, "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?"

    I'll be praying for you,
    Bobbie Thorpe

  6. Hi Liam,

    We've never met but my very good friends, Amber and Kendra, met you this summer and shared your story with me. Just wanted to let you know My family and I will be praying for you and your family through all of your procedures coming up!


  7. hi liam,my name is bobbie wallace i live in york s.c.i have read so much aboth you.i think you are a blessing.i am praying for you and hope your next procedures will be the one that the dr. says you are will. that is the gift that we are going to pray for god to give you.and you know as well as i do that he is the only one that can. so sweetheart that is what we are going to belive in. all my love and prays.praying for you bobbie wallace

  8. Hi Liam,
    I am so happy your Grandma told me about your Mom's blog. You wrote such a wonderful message in your bible. I'm sure many people will enjoy reading your words of wisdom. It sounds like the wonderful doctors know just how to get rid of "tubby". You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Aunt Judy

  9. Dear Liam,God has given you the ability too reachpeople all over the world!My daughter Kendra has told me about your tumor "tubby".You are a blessing to all of us!Keep believing in miracles!I"ll put you on our prayer list. Love and prayers,Debbie McCarter YORK,S.C.

  10. Hi, Liam!

    My name is Ryan, and I'm a friend of the Challies family. My family & I are praying for you - for health, healing, strength, the attitude of your heart - and for your parents.

    I think your plan to leave the bible at the church is awesome, and I love the note you added. I can tell you that God is working in many, many people through this trial you are going through.

    You will continue to be in our prayers as we praise God for His work in you.

  11. Hi Liam,

    My name is Rick and I am a friend of your Grandpa Gerry. He told me your story this spring and again by email while my wife Ruth and I were on a trip to Alaska. Your grandpa and my wife and I work together on a prison ministry team. We have been praying for you while we were out west. Now that we are home again we will continue to pray that the tumour will not spread any more and that Dr. Singh can remove all of it. We thank God for you.

    Blessings and Christian love from Rick and Ruth Jongejan. Beamsville Ontario.

  12. Hi Liam,

    My name is Caitlin MacLennan and your parent's were the youth pastor's at Trinity United church's youth group a long time ago. Heather Martin told me about your story and I just wanted to write you a quick note to say that I too am praying for you and your doctors. What an incredible gesture of you to think of others and to leave your bible in the waiting room. God definitely smiles at your thoughtfulness and care for people who don't know Him!
    Many prayers and happy thoughts,
    Caitlin MacLennan

  13. Kim, Jason and Family

    When Sarah and I heard about Liam our hearts whent out to you entire family. As you know when Quinn was a baby, she spent 2 weeks in ICU at Sick Kids. The support and prays you give us got us through a very diffcult time. For this we thank you.

    Now it is our turn to give you and your family our thoughts and pryers. We give you as much positive energy that we can. Knowing in our hearts that Liam will come thought this only a stronger person.

    If there is anything we can to do help please do not hesaite to ask. You can reach me at or 905.847.2493

    All our love and thoughs
    Robb, Sarah, Quinn and Taite