Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Hampton Huddle 5k


      The Hampton Huddle 5k is on Saturday, June 16th at 8:00 a.m.  The run will take place through the Lynndale neighborhood (next to Pete's Wycked Grill & Moe's).  It costs $20.00 to register for the run & the 1 mile fun run/walk costs $15.00 if you register now.  If you register on race day it will cost $25.00 for the 5k.  Race day registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Pete's Wycked Grill. 

      You can register on-line through or  You can also register at Snap Fitness at the Bells Fork Shopping Center by 7:00 p.m. on 6/15.  Make checks payable to "Spencer Hampton Fund."  All proceeds will go directly to Spencer.

     The first 150 runners to register will receive a quality race t-shirt.  There will be awards for the top 3 male & female overall.  There will also be awards for the top 3 male & female in each age group.  Door prizes will be given away at the end. 

Snap Fitness,, 252-758-7627
Kip Sloan,
Mary Warner,
      I would hope that everyone who can attend the event will make it out.  It will be great for everyone to come out and show their support for Spencer and Lindsay Hampton.  It means a lot to all of us and we appreciate everyone who involvled with this effort.  There are so many good people out there who are donating their time and resources to get this thing off the ground; We appreciate you...

Friday, May 11, 2012

To The Most Amazing Person I Have Ever Met...

  May 12th, 2012  

            I can't believe you.  I feel that If I ripped off the covers in your bed that you would have a big "S" on your chest.  You are Superman to me brother.  We are all blown away by what you can do.  We knew today that you could hear us, but for you to come back to us to let us know for sure is incredible.  You refuse to let this most awful thing get the better of you.  Your personality is still with you, and you refuse to change the guy we have grown to love so much. 

         I want you to know that you would be so proud of everyone.  Your strength has been a direct reflection within Lindsay and us.  We are all here by your side and will always be. 

        Everyone will continue to pray and send their best.  I just want to let you know that I love you so much brother.  I told you tonight, but I have NEVER been more proud of you for waking back up and being with us.  It did so good for so many hearts.  Lindsay and your family is so proud of you and will always be.  God is with you Spence.  Rest softly, and continue to know that we are here... Goodnight. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 6th, 2012

May 6th, 2012

          I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Cinco de Mayo, and is having a blessed Sunday.  Over the weekend Spencer experienced a curve-ball in his road to recovery.  Spencer was supposed to begin his immunotherapy treatment this Tuesday at Duke Hospital.  Unfortunately, Spencer symptoms have progressively worsened faster than anticipated.  As we understand, this is due to continual swelling in his brain from the tumors.  With this news, the immunotherapy treatment is to risky for Spencer at this point in time.  So what does this mean?  This means that Spencer will now begin chemotherapy.  His first round will occur this Tuesday at Duke Hospital.  As everyone knows chemotherapy is not a treatment that goes without consequences, and will be a tough battle for Spencer to face.  

       When I spoke with Spencer about this recent turn of events, he seemed very positive.  He said he couldn't lie that he was looking forward to doing the immunotherapy, and now with Tuesday around the corner he isn't looking forward to it as much.  He said it's not the first time something hasn't gone according to plan, but that he wasn't going to complain.  

      When I heard this news I got pretty upset for Spencer's sake.  After talking to him and hearing him say that he wasn't going to complain, then how can I?  I know that talking with Spencer and hearing his positive attitude makes me feel 100 percent better.   Knowing this, I decided to share these words with you all.  In the sense that you may be comforted by his words and attitude towards these challenges he faces.    

         I want everyone to know that as of right now, we still don't have all the details that we all curiously crave for.  We are not sure the extent of chemo he will receive, or how he will handle the treatments.  What we do know, is what we should hold onto.  We know the type of person Spencer is.  We know that we are all going to be by his side the whole time.  Lastly, we know God is going to continue to hear our voices, and hold Spencer and Lindsay's hand through it all.  

      This website on days that I post a blog are receiving over 2,000 hits in one day.  Knowing this information I would kindly ask at this point if you would please read this prayer, so God can hear the thousands of his people praying together in full strength.  Have a wonderful Sunday evening...

Our Prayer:
       God,   I would ask that on this Sunday of worship, that you continue to touch the many hearts of your children.  There are so many of us Lord who are reaching out to you with an open heart, open mind, and open arms.  I would ask that you grab a hold of us while we stand before you Lord, and continue to show us your amazing glory in every way possible.  God, please continue to give Spencer the power to fight everyday, and that he may fight in order to glorify you and your name.  Place your healing hand over him and know that we wish for your will to be done, and not ours.  Lord, continue to shine your light over Lindsay and the Hampton/Styons family.  That they may go forward each day in your amazing grace, in the strength that you have provided them with.  Finally I ask Lord that you continue to become a part of my life as I continue on my journey.  The journey to live the life that you have taught us to live.  That you are the ONLY way to true and fulfilling, life-long happiness.  With everything we do, we do it in your name,  AMEN and AMEN. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3rd, 2012

May 3rd, 2012

      Today I hope everyone is having a blessed day.  With the weekend almost here, I pray that everyone can make it through whatever challenges are being thrown your way right now.  For some its exams, moving out, job stress and relationship issues.  Just remember that just when you feel like you are being pushed to the edge, and consumed by the task at hand, always have perspective.  Be thankful that you are not facing the day to day challenges that Spencer is facing.  Thank God for the fact that you are able to defeat each task that is pushing you.

    We all become complacent in our relationship with Christ time to time.  I learned that the best part of having a relationship with our Lord is that he is a 24/7, 365 days of the year best friend.  If you are working your butt off trying to get a project done all day and night, you don't have to explain to him that you can't hang out.  You don't have to let him know that you won't be around for the next day or so, he is understanding.  Just giving him the five minutes in the morning when you wake up and a night when you lay your head down. Thanking him that you have another day on this beautiful place he created, is enough for him.  But like all relationships, it requires effort.  The more time you put into talking with him, praying to him, than the better relationship you will have with our God.

     I thank all the people who have taken time out of their day and continually prayed for Spencer and his family.  It is an effort in itself to remember to take the time for yourself to talk to God, so to know that people are unselfishly spending their precious time to shower support and prayer for Spencer is an acknowledgement in itself.  It is the greatest gift you can give him right now, and it is how you can stay connected to helping this situation.  I have had so many people ask me how they can help, or how they can be a part of this cause.  I would say just to continue to pray.  In Mark 11:24 it says "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."  This scripture teaches us to continue in our prayers, and have faith that they are being received by our Lord.

     I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend.  Enjoy your time with family and friends, and be thankful for the little moments that are so precious. God Bless...

     P.S.  I just want to mention that Mr. Dean Barrow the owner of Cubbies off 600 East Arlington, has been so supportive of helping make Spencer's day just a little bit easier.  I know he would never want any credit for doing something so simple in his mind, but I thought the least I could do was thank him and tell everyone to go out and grab a bite to eat there.  They recently started serving breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  It is ridiculously good, and I suggest that everybody go try it out.  They are a hometown business who sincerely care for the people of Greenville. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2nd, 2012

        Everyone please take a look at the fantastic job Nick Boerio did on Lindsay and Spencer Hampton's wedding video.  He did an amazing job and everyone please let him know how awesome he did.  Here is the link...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May 1st, 2012

         Now that I can now finally breathe with school work and graduation around the corner, I hope to continue the blog back to the way it was.  I thank all of you for your kind words that have stuck with me through this whole ordeal.  With this unfortunate card that Spencer has been dealt, he along with Lindsay, family and friends have used it as a platform to showcase their faith in Christ.  Over the past weeks we have seen true love in the fullest virtue.  This amazing couple has touched our hearts, pulled at our emotions, and strengthened our faith in what our Lord and Savior is possible of doing.  He has given Spencer perspective during this time.  Instead of saying why me,  he continually amazes us by the courage God is giving him and by the pure love that is felt towards Lindsay, family and friends.   

      Spencer has recently finished his appointment at Duke hospital where doctors have begun his plan for treating this disease.  Immunotherapy is the the treatment he will be receiving.  He will begin the 90 minute procedure for the first time Tuesday, May 8th.  Every three weeks he will return back to Duke for another procedure.  He will have this procedure done four times.  Hopefully this will help shrink some of the tumors, and symptoms Spencer is facing.  

     Spencer recently celebrated his 25th birthday this last Sunday and I know that there are plenty of more to come.  We also had relay for life this last Friday at South Central, where Marie Manning put together an "Against All Odds" team.  We thank everyone who played a part in either helping set up our booth, donating, or just coming out to participate in the walk.  It was an eye-opener for us all.  To see so many people dealing with this ugly disease, and participating in an effort to continually fight an up-hill battle.  

     The last thing I would like to say is a little bit more personal.  Spencer has always been my role model to me growing up.  I remember an assignment in high school where we had to define a role model, and explain who our role model was.  To this day I don't think I ever told Spencer it was him that I wrote about.  I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed, but I believe that just like any brothers it is hard to get emotional. Recently, through a lot of prayer to continually see the positive in this situation I remembered a sermon that I once attended at Covenant.  This particular sermon was on boys becoming men, and girls becoming woman.

     This sermon spoke about God's expectations for us as his children.  We have all seen the MAN that Spencer has become and the WOMAN of faith Lindsay has demonstrated.  In this horrible, tragic and unimaginable situation that Spencer and Lindsay Hampton are faced with, I want everyone to challenge themselves.  Jimmy Valvano once said "To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."  

       A MAN shows his emotions.  He tells his mother that he loves her, and appreciates her.  He talks to God as if he was talking to his best friend.  He isn't afraid to stray from the norm, and cry.  Cry in laughter, cry in sorrow and cry in prayer.  You must allow time in thought.  When you do this, you allow yourself to hear God.  You continually find ways to serve him, and become a better Christian.  Women help us become better servants of the Lord.  You show us how God has blessed us all.  That you are his symbols of beauty, love, and innocence.  You're a princess and deserved to be treated as such.  You are our teachers and more than that a rock for us to lean on.  

      I myself face this battle everyday as boy trying to become a MAN of Christ.  I know that I thank Spencer and Lindsay along with my beautiful Mother and Father everyday for being such great models.  Mr. Bob and Mrs. Sara have done an amazing job and have shaped Man that Spencer has become.  This is an imperfect world, and we will always come short during our days serving the Lord, but I hope that with this platform we have been given, we can grow a little more in our faith everyday.  That we can help demonstrate to everyone what Spencer and Lindsay have demonstrated for us on a daily basis.  I love you all, and GOD BLESS.

Joshua 1:9
       Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Sunday, April 15, 2012

March 31, 2012

This picture was taken on Saturday (March 31). We had just completed a 5k that was held downtown. Beside me is Crystal Van Scoy, Jordan Jones, Jenni Wesel and Robby Gault. Upon entering it we decided that we were going to complete it for Spencer. Regardless of how hard it was to complete, Ill speak for everyone and say, we completed it Against All Odds.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012 - This is a message from Spencer

Message from Spencer
        Lou Gehrig once said, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” I feel it takes a situation like what God has presented me with to understand the full meaning and emotion that comes from this statement.  Over the past few weeks, I can honestly say “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth”.  Every morning when my feet hit the floor I feel blessed to be able to get out of bed.  Everyone has their share of challenges. Too often we’re using up our time thinking about what we don’t have, what we need, or our misfortunes. God has shown me how lucky I am to be surrounded by family, friends, love ones, strangers, and God fearing Christians that want nothing more than to give me their prayers, blessing, and words of wisdom and faith.  Every letter, text, Facebook message, voicemail, and/or phone call that has been sent to Lindsay and me are greatly appreciated.  A reporter caught me off guard during an interview this week when she said, “Spencer you seem so strong and composed. Please tell me something you are scared of?” I thought for a second and the first thing that came to my mind was that I am simply afraid that I will never be able to express to everyone involved how deeply touched and grateful I am for everything that has taken place over the past few weeks. 
          What this community has pulled together and done for Lindsay, my family, the Styons’s and me in such a short period of time can only be described as a miracle. I just want to give a special thanks to some very important individuals who have been the back bone for this event and my support system.  I don’t know what I would do without them and from the bottom of my heart I thank Sandy Patchkofsky, Renea Baker, Kim Weaver, Connie Corey, Jordan Aldridge Robertson and the entire office at Aldridge & Southerland.  I also would like to think Mike Slocum for all the T-Shirt, decals, wrist band, cozies etc. that was designed and provided for this event. The product and detail of his work is second to none and the best part about doing business with Mike Slocum is you get to meet an amazing person.   Lastly, I would like to thank Marie Manning for organizing a Relay for Life team in my honor.

          Billy Weaver, I hope one day you might be able to realize how grateful and overwhelmed with excitement I was to see the video you put together of my former coaches and Alex White.  The video touched me in the deepest part of my heart and there is no amount of money that could come close to making me feel the way that video did. You have gone above and beyond everything I could have possibly asked for during these past few weeks and I am extremely grateful.

        I would also like to think all the local businesses and generous donors in and around this amazing community for their donations and overall support of this event.  It is the people of this community that make Greenville a special place to live and I can’t think of anywhere else I would rather be.  Thank you to the Pirate Nation both past and present.  You don’t just take off the Purple and Gold when you’re playing days are over.  You are a pirate for life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

          I want to think Pitt County Schools for their support and understanding nature during this time of uncertainty for my family.  My father is a teacher at D.H. Conley High School.  The understanding and support that Principal, Mary Carter has provided for my father to be with me during this situation is truly a blessing and provides a peace of mind for all of us.  A special thank you to all of dad’s teammates who are pulling the weight during his absence. It goes without saying that a large majority of our support system for our family has been made up of teachers in this school system. I would also like to thank Vidant Health for all the care and support provided to me.  Also a special thank you to Mark Pittman and his crew for all the support with my mom at work.  Lastly, I’m very appreciative for all that Lynn Williams has done with helping my nephew, Jayce as we get through this. I am sure that I have left someone out of my thank you list…but please know my intentions are good and I am grateful for everyone that came out and supported me and my family at the Benefit.
          I would like to end this by saying please don’t feel sorry for me.  My heart, my soul, my peace of mind, and my faith, are sitting in a special place right beside God.  I believe God has a plan for me and I am waiting to see what play he wants me to run.
                                                                               -Spencer Hampton 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blake Cline - "Against All Odds"

         This is Blake Cline holding the poster that her kids in her classroom made for Spencer.  She is the first person among a huge group of people who I hope participate in letting Spencer know that they are thinking of him constantly, and spreading God's will.  People need to hear his story and realize the power of God and prayer.  God's glory is truly being spread throughout Pitt County and beyond. Thanks Blake!

March 30, 2012

          I am pleased to inform everyone that with the benefit coming up on Sunday, the morale of everyone’s spirits are lifted. Spencer is working effortlessly during the day to continue his radiation treatments and continually fighting this uphill battle each day. Everyone is really coming together for this great benefit Sunday. I hope that everyone will be able to attend and really focus on having a good time. There is plenty of time for everyone to have their moments to reflect and even sulk, but Sunday is a time of family, friends and fun. We want everyone to drink, laugh, and be happy that we can gather in a place where God's hand is reaching out. We are truly blessed.

             I would like to thank so many that are responsible for Sunday. Thank you to Mrs. Renea Baker who helped make the flyer and get them to businesses around town. To all the people who made phone calls, and had items donated for the auction. I would like to thank Tie Breakers for being such a gracious host.  Also to everyone at Aldridge and Southerland and specifically Connie Corey and Jordan Robertson.  Everybody has really done their part. The t-shirts, decals, wristbands and huggers all look wonderful and really make you proud to be a part of the cause.  If you cannot make it Sunday, you can go by Aldridge and Southerland Realtors to donate and recieve any of these items.

           With the benefit coming up and everybody helping out and playing a part in the support of Spencer’s fight, I want to propose something. I recently came across a great idea with the help of Mindy Hill.  I want everyone to get more involved in the website, instead of just me rambling on so I suggest this; I want everyone to send me pictures of you with the theme "Against All Odds" somewhere in the photo. To be more specific, I suggest that when you are thinking or praying for Spencer, or if you are in a place that is special to you, just take a picture. Make sure you are in the picture, and somewhere in the picture you have written "Against All Odds." This can be a picture at the beach, out of town on vacation, at church with the family; wherever. This will show all the people who are out there thinking of Spencer on a daily basis, and how much the word is spreading about the God and one of his child’s will to fight.
         If you have any more questions about this, or want to start sending me pictures my e-mail is.. RES6122 @UNCW.EDU ... I hope you all take this opportunity to show Spencer your support along with Lindsay and the entire Hampton family.  I have also had people ask me where they can donate money directly to Spencer's Hampton Fund.  If you would like you can pay in cash or make a check out to the Spencer Hampton Fund, and mail to:

Aldridge and Southerland
ATT: Spencer Hampton Fund
226 Commerece Street
Greenville, NC 27858

I am very excited for Sunday and I can't wait to see you all there!

Matthew 18:20
       "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012

    Today, was a rough day.  Spencer got back the results back from his pathology report to see which mutation the melanoma was.  We were hoping and praying for a certain mutation that has great success rate with a certain chemotherapy drug.  Unfortunately, that was not the mutation that came back.  I found myself for the first time in this whole process very angry.  Angry at God, angry with this disease, and angry at the doctors.

      Most of the time I am very level headed and have a sense of the bigger picture.  The moment got the better of me today, and I found myself cursing God.  I asked why couldn't we just get one shred of some good news.  Something to cling onto and help us in our prayers for hope. 

     Today I officially gave it ALL to GOD.  I am done praying for what I want to happen.  I have been going about this the wrong way, and instead should be praying for God's will.  I am sorry if this article is being blunt, but I just want everyone out there who continues to struggle like me, that I want them to give it ALL to GOD also.

Romans 8:28
     And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WITN News Video Link and the Audio Archive from Pirate Radio

Support Pouring In For Former ECU Football Player Spencer Hampton

      Mr. Billy Weaver did an amazing job on this piece.  I know Lindsay and Spencer did a great job telling Spencer's story and they thought Mr. Billy couldn't have done a better job of telling it.  It is a tear-jerker so be prepared, but it is also very inspiring at the same time.
     This audio feed is from the show "The Pressbox."  It is Mr. Billy Weaver and Mr. Brian Bailey discussing Spencer's story and the benefit.  The audio about Spencer starts at about the midway point of the show if you would like to fast forward.  Again, they did a great job and you can tell that both of these two men have a personal relationship with the families and have a strong connection to this story.

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

      The most up to date news on Spencer is that he continued his radiation therapy today after taking Saturday and Sunday off.  Unlike we originally thought, he did not start chemotherapy today.  He will not start the chemotherapy until after the radiation is done.  So far Spencer says some of his symptoms are digressing with the radiation and steroids which is positive news.  The process of treating this cancer is not an over-night process.  We have to show our true patience in this time, but Spencer is working hard each and every day.

       Over the weekend Spencer was able to enjoy being out of the hospital and back home with Lindsay.  He very much enjoyed sleeping in his own bed and being back in an atmosphere that is more comforting.  We were able to enjoy a good time together on Friday at Professor O'cools where we watched the thrilling Carolina basketball game together and shared laughs.  I think it really was a comforting feeling being together with all the people who are going through this with Spencer.  It truly made you feel like it was okay to laugh for a minute, and enjoy the time with people you love the most.

       Also during the weekend we started discussing different events and fundraising opportunities to help out the Hampton family.  This Sunday, April 1st at Tiebreaker's Sports Bar, we are going to raise money for the medical costs Spencer and his family are facing. The event will be held from 4-9pm and feature musical acts Jupiter Jones and Victor Hudson. There will also be live and silent auctions with items from the world of sports, entertainment and lots of local restaurants.  You will be able to receive more details about this on tonight’s news at 6 o'clock.  WITN news is going to have an interview with Spencer and Lindsay where they will be describing all that is taking place.  Everyone please tune in if possible and if it isn't available to you, then you can check the website a little after the news where it will be posted.

      There is also a relay for life team being put together by some of Spencer's close friends.  Everyone is really doing their part and trying to help raise money and awareness for Spencer.  I hope that everyone continues to look at the Facebook page and this website for more information on ways to help.  I will make sure to try my hardest to continue to take the time to post details and updates.  I also want to thank everyone who approached me over the weekend and told me how the appreciated the blog.  It is very inspiring to hear all you're kind words.  I just hope to continue to update and gain support for Spencer, Lindsay and the entire Hampton family.  The amount of friendships that are being strengthened through this is a beautiful thing to watch.  Love you all and keep praying your hardest.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
           Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012

    This Thursday Spencer began his radiation treatment.  He was supposed to receive two treatments, but the team decided to only perform one treatment today and one tomorrow.  The treatments went well, and Spencer said that is was a "piece of cake."  Also we did receive some promising news that put a smile on Spencer's face.  The orthopedist saw Spencer today about his hip to see if they might have to do a hip replacement or other operations.  To Spencer's joy the doctor said that they didn't need to operate, and that his hip and femur bone were good to go.  This was after the bone scan came back that was probable to show spots of cancer, but Spencer showed what HE thought of the word "probable."   This means that Spencer has a more likely chance of getting to return to his house an own bed possibly some time this weekend.  That is a VERY big deal to him, so let's all please say a prayer that he can return home.

      In the afternoon today, Mr. Bob and Ashley came and saw Spencer with a little surprise.  They had gone and got matching tattoos as the same as on Spencer's arm that reads, "Against All Odds."  It was a touching tribute, and even more than that, it was a stand.  A stand to let Spencer know that as a family they are united and fighting together.  It was a beautiful moment, and I know that it meant a lot to Spencer. 

     I wasn't able to post a blog until now because today I worked to help Spencer's landscaping business.  For those who don't know, Spencer has built up his own landscaping company from the ground up.  It was his hard work, perseverance and ambition that has made his company what it is today.  I can remember when it was a few yards in the neighborhood that he cut with his dad's John Deer mower.  It is now a very successful business that is thriving and ever-growing. 

     Spencer would agree with me when I say that his business wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for the help from one of his best friend's Judd Howard.  I think Spencer and his family would really want me to start thanking some of the people who have really played a big role in making this process as easy as possible.  A lot of people, and I mean A LOTTT of people have offered to do so many kind things for Spencer and his family, and even Lindsay and my family.  We are so thankful, and all you're kindness is appreciated.  Judd along with the help of Scott Hodges and the insurance agent himself, Thomas Ball (Yes, he does have a business card if anyone would like a quote. haha)  have really done a great job to really help Spencer keep his business moving forward.  They have worked tirelessly this last weekend and week to help Spencer. It doesn't go unnoticed and is very appreciated. 

      Also would like to thank Jason, Ashley's husband who has done a great job in stepping up to take care of Jayce their son, while Ashley is here for her brother.  I think for the most part the family has really been able to focus their attention on Spencer's well-being, and not worry as much about the outside world.  I know there are so so so many other people I can name, and I am truly sorry that I don't even have the slightest clue of all the people who are taking time out of their day to accommodate these two families.  From the bottom of my heart, and I am sure everyone else, THANK YOU.  As a last mention, I would really like to thank all the schools, teachers, bosses and etc. that have understood the difficult situation we have been faced with.  I have seen the true heart and sympathetic nature of some of these people, and I just hope that God may bless them for their understanding hearts. 

1 Corinthians 13:7
         Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012

     Today, we found out that Spencer was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. This is a form of skin cancer. This wasn't the news we were hopeful for going into the day but this is the start of a battle that WE are ready to face. Obviously this is Spencer who is fighting it, but I think through all the support shown, he knows he doesn't have to do it alone. Tomorrow Spencer will start radiation of the brain. He is going to have another treatment also Friday, and then take Saturday and Sunday off. He will start Monday morning with the radiation and chemotherapy. There is hope that Spencer may be able to go home around Saturday or Sunday, and be an out-patient who just comes in daily.

      In the coming days we are going to find out how the tumors are responding to the radiation. The most important treatments are going to be on his brain. Also with melanoma, there is a new chemotherapy drug that works very very well. This drug is specific to a certain type of mutation that has a 50/50 chance of being the specific melanoma. Everybody please please send prayers that he has this mutation so we can effectively treat this cancer to the best ability.

      It is times like these that people look to signs from God. This may be to gain a sense of security, or to find a state of peacefulness. I believe that God is wondrous and mysterious in his ways of reaching us. It can be the smallest connection whether a verse from a song, change in the weather or bible verse. Today in Wilmington I was about to enter class when I found out that Spencer had melanoma. I dropped everything I had and came back to Greenville. My father met me along the way and gave me his best hug and the comfort I was looking to for a brief amount of seconds. As I continued my car ride home I had a realization that put a smile to my face.

      Spencer has a tattoo on his right arm above the bicep. He got this tattoo a couple years ago while he was on the ECU football team. The tattoo reads "Against All Odds." As I took a moment to reflect on what I had just remembered, I couldn't stop smiling. I had just had my sign and connection with God. I was questioning why this was the type of cancer that God had diagnosed him with. But I realized that Spencer has ALWAYS... ALWAYS risen up against his challenges and overcome them. God knows that he wanted one of his strongest warriors to fight against this deadly disease. It is obvious to say that the "odds" are not in Spencer's favor, but just like his tattoo reads, he is going to rise up "against all odds."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Prayer Tonight

     God I hope that through the thousands of people out there praying for Spencer, that you continue to do YOUR will.  You have already brought so many people together using your disciple Spencer.  I know that even you O Lord must be impressed by the amounts of people who now have a stronger faith in you and remain in constant contact daily.  I know that whether the news tomorrow is great news, or less fortunate news that you have a plan either way.  We all want Spencer to get back to his healthy self but we know that we are all just pieces of your big puzzle.  I do pray that you give guidance, and support to him and his family.  That you lay your hand over Spencer, and display your healing nature.  Tomorrow we will be tested no matter what the news, and my prayer is that we can succeed in displaying our trust, faith and hope in you Lord.  Spencer means so much to so many of us but I just pray that you please give extra strength and hope to Lindsay, Mrs.Sara, Mr.Bob and Ashley.  "May we cast all our anxiety on you lord because you care for us" 1 Peter 5:7 And all of God's people sung, AMEN.

March 20, 2012

      Today was supposed to be a full day of waiting for the results to get back from Spencers biopsy.  Instead the Doctor decided he wanted to perform a ultrasound on Spencers testicular anatomy to see if anything is revealed in that part of his body.  This case that Spencer has had up to now has been a very rare case.  Being a athletic and young 24 year old the odds of his case weren't very imaginable up till now.  So this ultrasound is just to see if this part of his anatomy could possibly be the source of what we are dealing with.

The results came back from the ultrasound and GOOD news to report, they found absolutely NOTHING!  Spencer and everyone is estatic and glad to know we are on a positive note today. :)  Also today Spencer was assigned his new Doctor.  Spencer and his family are happy with the new Doctor and say he is very upbeat and positive which makes for a positive and reassuring atmosphere.  Everybody keep the prayers up God is definitely hearing them and answering his people's call.

   At the end of the night spencer got some more guests and even his own private concert. Denice's cousin Danny came and played the guitar for a little while.  This is the same man who will be playing at Lindsay and Spencer's wedding.  Later that night some of Spencer's co-workers and freinds came to shoot some dice with him.  In the picture he had the money laying in his lap. (I am assuming my mom staged the picture)  P.S. if any of the numerous preachers walk in during any of these gambling events, then our rehearsed line to them is "That 15 % of the proceeds are donated by the winner to charity." Haha, They will really appreciate that dollar and fifty cents.

      Well I think everyone is calling it a night but tonight we need to call upon God the most.  Tomorrow is going to be a very big day and I know God is going to take care of us.  He works his wonders in an amazing way.
Exodus 15:11
            Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?

March 19, 2012

    On Monday, March 19th, Spencer had his biopsy done around 10:15 a.m.  The biopsy was performed on his liver to extract some of the spot that was revealed to us on Saturday.  Lindsay was able to be with him the whole time and said he did "Amazing."  She also said that is was "pretty cool to watch" haha.  Just like all of us knew, Spencer is being a trooper and doing great already. 

     After the biopsy Spencer ate some of the always delicious "Cookout."  Once he was done with that he took a nap and caught up on his rest from a long morning.  For the first time that night Lindsay went home to try and maybe catch up on sleep for a night.  Spencer's father Mr. Bob took the role of staying the night with Spencer. 

     It is now a waiting game to get the results back from the biopsy.  The doctor informed us that it is usually about a 48 hour process to get the results.  So hopefully sometime Wednesday Spencer and family will get the news of what exactly we are dealing with.  Whatever it is I know it hasn't faced a competitor like Spencer.  This stuff is nameless right now but promise that when Spencer beats the crap out of it, it will be a distant memory. 

     Please everybody keep praying and remember to hold the whole family in your prayers this week.  It is now a waiting game till wednesday and we have to remember to be patient in God.  I leave you with this verse for the day.

Romans 8:24-25
         For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

March 18, 2012

      On Sunday, March 18th Spencer finally recieved some good news.  Early sunday the doctors did a full body M.R.I. which led to suprising results.  The doctor called all the family into the room with an eager grin on his face.  When he got in the room he let everyone know that nothing showed up negative on the M.R.I. and that Spencers spine was clean.  This was great news and I think that the doctor seemed a little surprised and very giddy to let everyone finally hear some good news. 

       Sunday included a strong amount of visitors yet again.  It also included the viewing of the Carolina basketball game.  Of course with the tar heel route to victory, Spencer was pleased to see them move on.  This left Lindsay along with the other Duke fans including myself, avoiding any question about basketball. Also sunday Spencer recieved over $60 worth of scratch off lotto tickets, which led to a heafty donation to the North Carolina Education System. 

       With Sunday's good news and seeing the doctors verbal and non-verbal displays of happiness, I left town with a good perspective.  I found myself really sending praise to God for all the little blessings that had taken place over the weekend.  I searched that night for a bible verse that would really speak to me about this weekend.  I am usually always trying to make something positive out of a negative situation.  I have been this way my whole life, and I figure why stop now. Spencer has been so positive and uplifting about the situation and really had a cheerful attitude about the whole thing.  This really led me to a verse from Proverbs that I really enjoyed and I will leave you with this verse.

Proverbs 17:22 
     A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bone. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 17, 2012

      On Saturday March 17th, Spencer had a CT scan which found spots on his Liver, Lung, and adrenal gland. This was unfortunate news but on a positive note the doctor was now able to do a biopsy from the liver which was the least invasive place instead of the brain. 

     On Saturday visitors poured in all day long.  The constant joke of the day was that when people walked up to the desk clerk at the hospital to ask which room Spencer was in, the desk guy didnt even have to check the computer and instead responded with "303 east" as if saying it for the 10,000th time.  Spencer and I set-up a poker game that afternoon which both of us had done numourous nights where most times I would eventually take his money or leave him with an "I.O.U." or "Can you run me to the ATM?" hah.  Spencer was seemingly having a good time despite the unfortunate news.  We gained permission that day to put him in the wheelchair and roll him outside to get some sun.  He was not allowed to walk since he was considered a "fall risk."  He very much enjoyed that and in fact found Matt Board a new career in being a hospital security cop because they cruised around on segways all day.  

      I believe the higlight of the day had to come when two of his groomsman Judd Howard and Thomas Ball came into room for their first visitations.  The two came bearing gifts as if they were wiseman following the north star.  These gifts included lotto tickets and schilitz malt liquor that had been harboured in Thomas's back pocket past security.  Everyone for that time forgot the reasons that there was almost a party taking place in the room 303 of the East Wing. 

      Saturday night went a lot better with Lindsay staying overnight for the second straight night.  They were a little more prepared with some things from home that made them rest easier. 

March 16, 2012

I want people to know first off that the goal of this website is to keep everyone updated first and foremost.  It is also as an outlet for me to express my emotions in a healthy way that can keep a positive spin on such a negative situation.  This is NOT in any way about me AT ALL but rather a first-hand point of view that I want to remember

       Spencer Hampton on March 16, 2012 had a M.R.I. at 9:30 a.m. after having symptoms of numbness on the left side of his body, a ringing in his ears, blurried vision, slow speech, and overall personality change that was inexpleciable.  The results of this M.R.I. revealed that Spencer had 4 tumors in his brain.  The tumors were located near the temple, medulla oblongata and opposite parallel spots on each side of the brain above the ears.  He was hospitialized around 7 p.m. Friday when his bed was ready.

     After the news there was an obvious reaction of shock and sadness.  I am sure that much like when people are asked where they were when 9/11 took place, this event had a familiar reaction to some of us close to Spencer and his family.  I myself was in a car ride back from key west, surrounded by close freinds.  I remember my phone vibrating from a message I had recieved from my mom.  The message read "Trey call me back asap its an emergency."  I remember thinking slowly at this moment because I didn't want to rush to judge what might be an emergency to my mom.  I called her back to recieve the news in a very direct manner that must of been severly hard for her to deliver.  I almost believe that she was fighting between being two diffferent people in that moment, a "nurse" who is trained to deliver news of the sort, and a "mother" who had accepted Spencer as her own son. I remember my stomach turning in a painful manner that made it hard for me to express any response to her besides "yes mam" and "ok." As I hung up the phone I remember never feeling more alone even though I was surrounded by six guys who I had been in a car with for 14 hours.  My mind started racing and the minutes turned into hours.  I felt so helpless and didnt know how to react.  I sat alone not discussing the massive news I had just learned about my brother.  I still to now don't know why I didnt say something.  I think I might have been too overwhelmed and dilusional from the lack of sleep and the weight of the news I had just discovered. 

       I got home to Wilmington and dashed to get in my car in race to Greenville. I remember not beeing able to see as I was driving because I couldn't stop the tears from flowing down both my cheeks.  I called my best freinds Nick Lewis and Mike Garland because I knew that I wanted the two people that have allowed me to lean on them the most with my problems in the past.  My sister Lindsay then called me... I knew that if there was one person that I was the most afraid to talk to it was Lindsay.  I didn't know how to be strong for the one person I care the most about in this entire world.  It was during this phone call I realized that like most times in our lives together, she was the strong one.  She spoke to me with such courage telling me that she was worried about me driving home safe and that she was okay and that we are going to get through this together.  At this point I was ready to see the family.  I picked Katie up in Kinston and told her the news and she kept me together for the rest of the drive being my source of comfort that I needed. 

      I got to to Greenville eventually and went to my sisters apartment at Turtle Creek.  I walked in the door and saw my sister, to which ran to me and hugged me.  It was that sense of being able to embrace her with all of my muscle and tell her that I loved her and that the love of her life and my brother was going to be okay.  I was then held by my mom who was surely glad to see her other son I am sure.  I must say I then saw Mrs.Sara, Spencer's mother.  I can't imagine the thoughts and sense of state she had to be in but I looked in her eyes and saw nothing but courage.  Her ability to not say a word and still grab me and let me know that past all the shock, confusion and sadness, there was also prayer, confidence in her son, and the loving nature I have seen her display so often. 

      I then walked into Spencer's room to see him.  As I walked in the door I was greeted by the goofy tone of voice and quick manner in which I had come accustomed to as Spencer said, "Trey?" haha.  I knew at this moment that I realized that it was still my brother Spencer laying on that bed and not your regular hospital patient who was rattled by the overwhelming life or death situation at hand.  His strength had lifted his spirits along with everyone who came in contact with him.