My son's buddy Michael (11 yrs old) needs your prayers. This is the email I received today from his mom, my friend, Karin. Please pray for Michael and his family. Hello Everyone, We need your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last week - a large cyst/tumor was found inside Michael's hip bone. The doctors believe the cyst has been there for a long time. After running to the car with a heavy school backpack - he started to have pain walking. He has lots of microscopic fractures around the bone - thus the pain. The doctor says the cyst has to be removed immediately to prevent a full blown fracture - which would cause serious lifelong problems. Tonight we have 2 more MRI's to look closer at the cyst/tumor. The doctors believe it is benign, but cannot be completely sure until it is removed. Thursday, we have a hematologist appointment - to determine if Michael has Factor IV Leiden Mutation (the genetic blood clotting disorder I have). They need to know this prior to surgery (Pray he does not have it!!!!!!!). Then Friday a.m. Dr. J will do the surgery. He will go in through Michael's knee with 2 metal rods up into the hip bone and will also go in through the hip with metal screws and a plate - to keep the hip bone intact as he grows. The tumor has weakened and thinned to bone almost completely. there's a 30 percent chance after surgery that the cyst/tumor will grow back again (of course we're holding on to the 70 percent chance it will not - pray for this!!!) He'll be in the hospital for 2 - 4 nights and then recovery at home is a few weeks - then in a wheelchair/crutches for more weeks to months. We're not sure yet. Michael is very nervous and scared - of course!!!! Please pray for his safety through the surgery and his recovery. ... And pray for him emotionally - We love him more than words can say and are so nervous ourselves. The surgeon is the best out of this group and we are so glad for that. Everything has happened so quickly... Just PRAY PRAY PRAY - THANK YOU.