From the picture of perfect health to death's door and back again! For Sean Hammack, the last two years have been an incredible journey of faith, love and joy!
We caught up with Sean and his family today as they shared one amazing story that's not over yet.
“I hope we all see a miracle. But, I really hope people hang in there, pray and get closer to God. That's what I want--that's all I want,” said Sean.
It was a dying wish--of sorts. In January 2006, Sean Hammack was suffering from agressive tumors along his spinal cord. The condition was so rare, doctors weren't even sure how to treat it and Sean was weak and getting worse. He couldn't walk and could no longer play the active sports he dearly loved.
Seventeen months later--all appearances of Sean’s illness are gone.
“We're amazed,” said Anne Hammack, Sean’s mother.
“Praise god,” said John Hammack, Sean’s father.
It’s truly amazing for Anne and John Hammack now watching their son bounce across the tennis court. But, the darkest moments are still fresh for the couple. They remember only a year ago when doctors told them their son's time was up.
“The doctors said he wouldn't live until his 18th birthday,” said Anne.
The recovery was slow at first, but now Sean can't sit still. He's back at St. Joe high school. Even though he graduated last spring, he's now tutoring others and helping out wherever needed.
But, most importantly, his dying wish is now a living testimony.
“People are praying more and going to church now and bringing their parents to church,” said Anne.
And the even more amazing part of this story is as much as Sean's physical condition has improved, his medical condition remains unchanged. After extensive treatment, his tumors are no smaller, but they're not any bigger either.
Of course, that's not stopping Sean. He plans to attend Notre Dame in the fall.
“I’m living every day like it’s my last,” said Sean.