Sunday, February 24, 2008

I have cancer

Back, in July I went to the hospital for a colonoscopy. I had been having blood in my stools. To make a long story short the doctor told me I have colon cancer.

In August Dr. Malik performed surgery on my colon and removed the cancer. Unfortunately it had in the meantime spread to my liver. The cancer is very advanced into my liver (level 4).

Since November I have been receiving chemotheraphy treatments at the Allen Blair Cancer Clinic here in Regina,Saskatchewan. The plan is for me to have chemo treatments until June and if at that time the tumors in my liver are really reduced in size then I will be sent to Edmonton,Alberta for surgery by a liver cancer surgeon.

The obvious question is -- what if it is not possible for me to have the surgery ? Then my life span is going to be reduced dramatically.

At first I was very afraid but in recent weeks my faith in God and the love of family and friends
have been very encouraging to me. Simply stated: I am not afraid to die.

It is my heartfelt hope that you will pray for me. Please pray for me that God will give me the courage and strength to face all of this with courage and dignity.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

God bless America !

God bless America -- the greatest republic in the history of the world.
I am proud to be an Honorary Citizen of the States of New Hampshire and Montana and an honorary Colonel and Aide de Camp to the Governor of New Mexico.
There were McCaffertys who fought for the Union in the American Civil War and I am proud of my family ties to America.
God bless America on July 4th.

Monday, July 02, 2007

God bless Canada !

God bless Canada !
July 1st was Canada Day, and like my mentor the late Right Honorable John Diefenbaker I am proud to be a Canadian.
Canada is the most wonderful country on earth with its great people and scenic beauty.
At this time in Canada's history I am proud of our Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Harper is truly a great Canadian.

Monday, June 18, 2007

My son gave me the REAGAN DIARIES for Father's Day

My son Nicholas whom I love very much gave his Dad "The Reagan Diaries" for Father's Day. Nick knows that Ronald Reagan is my all time hero.

On Father's Day I got to reflect on how blessed I am that I have two absolutely wonderful adult children - Nicholas and Sarah.

I also reflected on the memory of my own Dad Frank McCafferty (1923-1983) who was truly a loving father.

I am very pleased that the "Reagan Diaries' are number # 1 on the NEW YORK TIMES best seller list for non-fiction books. Right on !

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Billy Graham's wife dies


What very sad news. As a Christian I very much admired Mrs Graham and read some of her books. Billy Graham very much loved her but he of all people know that his beloved wife has gone home to be with the Lord.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

JUNE 6th D DAY Anniversary


Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement regarding the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion:

"June 6th looms large in Canada’s history. Today we mark the 63rd anniversary of one of history’s greatest battles – D-Day – and we honour the Canadian heroes who fought and died there.On June 6th, 1944, tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen took part in what remains the most important seaborne invasion of all time. Its purpose was to land the military might of Canada and her allies, from there to begin the long and laborious campaign that eventually freed Europe from Nazi tyranny.It is essential that as a nation, we remember the ordinary Canadians whose extraordinary courage and sacrifice made D-Day a success – the turning point of the Second World War.From coast to coast – from villages and farms, cities and towns, and from every corner of Canada – came these hometown heroes who risked everything in the defence of their country and the advancement of freedom.On the anniversary of the D-Day landings it is our responsibility – and our privilege – to pay proper tribute to the Canadians who fought that day, including the more than two thousand who never came home.We will never forget the sacrifice they made – or fail to defend what they fought for."

Michael McCafferty comments:
My Father was part of D Day in 1944 and I am proud of him that he served Canada is such a way in World War II. I join our Prime Minister in paying tribute to the Canadians who fought for freedom at D Day.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Presidents honor Billy Graham at library dedication

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For almost an hour and a half Thursday, he sat silently in his cushioned, throne-like chair, looking like a white-maned monarch as a trio of former presidents came forward to trumpet his lasting impact on the country and the world.

But when it was Billy Graham’s turn to address the crowd spread out under a long white tent, he approached the podium with a walker and then spoke with humility - and humor.

‘‘I feel like I’ve been attending my own funeral,’’ he said, drawing the biggest laugh of the day.

The 1,500 guests had come to Graham’s hometown of Charlotte not to mourn the world-famous evangelist, but to help him dedicate the $27 million Billy Graham Library.

Though it’s filled with memorabilia from a life in which he rubbed shoulders with real kings and 11 U.S. presidents, Graham said he hopes the museum will mostly continue his 60-year crusade to bring people to Jesus Christ.

‘‘This building behind me is a tool for the Gospel,’’ preached Graham, 88, his voice weakened by age and illness. ‘‘I pray that God will use (it) and speak to the many people who come through this facility.’’

Graham’s words ended a ceremony that was part media event, part Graham family reunion and part Christian equivalent of a presidential library opening.

A fleet of TV satellite trucks hogged the parking lot at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, while correspondents from ABC, NBC, Time magazine, and the Christian Broadcasting Network worked the event.

Some 85 members of the Graham family showed up and his professional family was there, too.
Nearing 100 years old and relying on a cane, George Beverly Shea belted out in baritone the hymn - ‘‘How Great Thou Art’’ - he’s sung at Graham crusades since 1947, when they held one at the Charlotte Armory.

On Thursday, the 1,500 invitees sang along with him on the chorus.

Other than Graham himself, the biggest attraction were ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Though they all have their own libraries and aren’t used to playing supporting roles, the three former chief executives were alternately insightful, funny, even emotional.
Billy Graham is a great Christian leader. He is truly a servant of the Lord. In the fall of 1995 when Billy Graham came to Saskatoon I gave my life and will over to JESUS CHRIST as
my Lord and Savior.
I love and admire Billy Graham.

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