Friends, family seek prayers in vigil for cancer victim Star Nuckolls
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Nov. 30, 2004 -- A 48-hour community wide prayer vigil for Star Nuckolls was held at Shannon Oaks Church this week.

"Just think what we can do as a community if hundreds of people come together and agree in prayer for Star," said Pam Black, friend and spiritual mentor to Star's parents, Steve and Kari Nuckolls. "Star is at a critical stage, and what she needs is as many prayers as possible to go up at once."

Star, 4, was diagnosed with a cancerous Wilms tumor in June. The Nuckolls family recently received even more devastating news -- in spite of extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, her tumors have continued to grow and have even multiplied.

Doctors have given Star three to six months to live, according to Kari.

"Star is still strong," Kari wrote in an update on her website (www.myshiningstar.info). "She does not look like there is a thing wrong with her. So, it is impossible for me to look at her and think she won't be here in six months. I just don't believe it. And more importantly, I believe God can perform a miracle if He is willing."

At Thanksgiving, Kari said she asked Star what she was thankful for, and she replied, "That God made me well."

"We don't know what will happen next," said Kari. "But we're not ready to give up."

"Star is wonderful," said Pam Black. "She doesn't even know how sick she is."

"We have had so many people ask what we need," said Kari. "It is very simple. We need prayers."

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