Break the Chain For the Healing of Cindy

Last updated 4/8/2002 (3/4/2004) Prayer chains tug at our heart strings and play on our faith. This one is true, but is already illustrating why e-mail is a terrible tool for this job.

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My Name is Gary "Nick" Hogman, Some of you receiving know me, some do not You have received this because I found your email address and just sent it to you. My wife Cindy is 32 years old and has just been diagnosed 3 days ago with stage 4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim. She was pregnant with our second child and had miscarried at 5 months and now we know why. This is a request for you to forward this email to everyone you know asking for prayer. The more people that pray for her to be healed the better. Company email distributions, friends, family, people you don't even know. Just forward them this email and let them do the same, Pray and forward. It only takes a second to hit forward. Please do it and don't delete this, your prayer will save her life. Please pray and ask everyone you know to pray for the HEALING of Cindy, removal of all cancer in her body so she may enjoy all that life has to offer, and to continue to be the wonderful mother to our 5 year old son Michael.

The power of Prayer is unsurpassed. Unsurpassed. I want the whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. This is only a request for your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this and helping with our quest for healing, no words can express how much power we have when we do a little extra to come together.

Regards, Cindy's in love husband.

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The Hogmans are real and Gary did write this request in mid-2001, as his wife was undergoing extensive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. By late August, 2001, Cindy's tumors had shrunk significantly. Gary and his family are truly grateful to the world for their prayers, but he adds: "there are so many people in this world suffering from cancer, pray for them all."

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I'm usually hesitant to break prayer chains because of the strong motivation and faith of those who forward them. But chains like this one continue to circulate long after they've lost all timeliness. As this chain circulates, well-meaning forwarders, or even malicious pranksters, have added things (either intentionally or inadvertently) to make it seem more believable or urgent. Also, many well-meaning people have corrected what they thought was a mispelling of the Hogman name, leading to versions that incorrectly give the family's name as "Hogan" or "Hoyman."

In 2004, a new variant surfaced. The family name is given as "Hogan" and the message includes a note jotted by a soldier that indicates that "Gary" may actually be a fellow soldier in Iraq, away from his family during this difficult time (this is not the case).

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THIS COUPLE NEEDS OUR PRAYERS. Date: 2/8/2004 4:34:34 PM Central Standard Time.

PLEASE read this. IT MUST BE TERRIBLY DIFFICULT TO BE IN IRAQ WITH A SICK WIFE AT HOME.

Bobby S. Briggs, MSgt, USAF

823 ESFS/SFOC Flight Sergeant

BAGHDAD AB, IRAQ

Tough times don't last... Tough people do !!!

My name is Gary Hogan. Some of you receiving this know me, some do not. My wife, Cindy, is 32 years old and has just been diagnosed 3 days ago with stage 4 cervical cancer and her chances for survival are very slim...

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Even worse, someone (hoaxters, presumably) have changed the names altogether, but kept the rest of the text unchanged, creating a hoax that, though rooted in reality, no longer has any basis in reality:

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My wife Odette is 31 years old and has just been diagnosed 2 weeks ago with stage 4 colon and liver cancer and her chances for survival are very slim. This is a request for you to forward this email to everyone you know, asking for prayer. The more people who pray for her to be healed the better. Just forward them this email and let them do the same. Pray and forward. It only takes a second to hit forward. Please do it and don't delete this, your prayer will save her life. Please pray and ask everyone you know to pray for HEALING of Odette and for the removal of all cancer in her body so she may enjoy all that life has to offer, and to continue to be the wonderful mother to our 1 year old daughter Kaela

The power of Prayer is unsurpassed. I want the whole world to have her in their prayers the next few weeks. God will hear our cry. Please do not be offended by my plea. This is only a request for your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this and helping with our request for healing, no words can express how much power we have when we do a little extra to come together.

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The desire to propagate this chain is certainly understandable. But its long-term side-effects could outweigh its benefits. Break this Chain

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