Pathway Christian Academy dedicates playground to Alex Kanode
This week, Pathway Christian Academy was honored to host a reception and dedication to the life of Alex Kanode. Alex was born Sept. 24, 1994, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 4 months. She endured eight surgeries and chemotherapy during her young life but never complained and kept an upbeat attitude. Despite her medical condition, she drew solace from her faith in God and in her walk with Jesus and often referred to Jesus as her best friend. It’s amazing that a child can be so faithful at a young age. However, Alex is a testimony that God is at work in the lives of children at the very earliest of ages. Hopefully we could all learn something from this worldly example that our lives are fragile and despite our trials and tribulations, God is with us.
We all experience the loss of loved ones in our lives. Just as Alex was the greatest joy in Gary and Debi’s lives, they draw strength from her faith to this day. The loved ones in our lives may no longer be with us, but their memories last forever and we must draw on those memories to keep their spirit alive in our families. So that memories become permanent fixtures and reminders in our lives, we must create opportunities to share those memories with others.
This week, Pathway dedicated a playground at their facility that accomplishes just that. Now, thanks to Gary and Debi’s hard work and generosity, Pathway families are able to hear the sounds of children playing and remember a remarkable child in the process. Pathway has been able to add numerous pieces of playground equipment that includes slides, rock wall, monkey bars, and more.
Alex loved to swing on outdoor playground equipment when she was with us, and now we can look upon this dedication as a place for Alex’s spirit to swing for years to come. On behalf of all the families at Pathway, we want to thank Gary and Debi for their story and their dedication to Christian education. It is because of families like the Kanodes that allows our community to educate our children grounded in the word of God. Alex may have passed away on Sept. 13, 2003, but her memory lives forever.
– Submitted by Tim Lawson
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