Earl discovered he had prostate cancer when his PSA rose sharply, and he traveled to the lower 48 to seek medical care. Earl had lived in Alaska for 15 years, working as a pastor and mission pilot. He consulted with a couple different cancer treatment centers, including one with proton therapy capabilities, but he chose Provision CARES Proton Therapy after experiencing our unique Culture of Care.
Caring for others is an integral part of life for Earl’s family. They previously lived in Fairbanks, but relocated to Manley Hot Springs, selling their house and buying a partially-built cabin to support the start of a new church there. In their cabin, they even go without running water through long arctic winters. The communities Earl serves in Manley Hot Springs as pilot and director of Mission Air Care, a ministry of Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples, are even more remote. The purpose of the ministry is to fly mission supplies to village outposts that are unreachable by road.
Although initially scared he was making the wrong decision, Earl says his experience with Provision convinced him he was at the right place. “It’s been first-class. We have been treated like royalty.”
Coming to Provision for treatment, accompanied by his wife and son, Early and his family enjoyed trips to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and to nearby Pigeon Forge. Earl says his wife didn’t mind her hotel stay at all after life in an Alaskan outpost. Still, they’ve were eager to travel the 4500 miles back home and get back to their mission of service.
Earl said his treatment made him think about the ripple effect of the medical treatment he received at Provision, especially the emphasis on the Culture of Care.
“They’re helping me. They’re also having an impact on my wife and son, and the families there in Manley Hot Springs,” said Earl. “They’re having an impact far greater than you can imagine.”