If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.  Matthew 5:41 

Recently  I discovered a bible verse that is the essence of what HATS FOR ZOE is all about.  When i looked the verse up again for this blog post the New Living Translation had replaced "someone"  with "a soldier".  How appropriate since we are honoring a soldier.  

Many of you know how HATS FOR ZOE began.  One email about a party to make hats for my niece went out on the Special Forces Association email list and I ended up with hundreds of hats and dollars and a bit of a new calling.  Bill Joyner and his wife Mila are contributors to HATS FOR ZOE. I am sad to say Bill lost his battle with prostate cancer on April 15th, 2012 at the age of 48.  I never met Bill.  I received a donation from him in an envelope post marked November 4, 2011, the day of the party for Zoe.  

The gift we have been given through HATS FOR ZOE is the ability to bless others.  Not only was Bill asked to carry his own sickness, but he decided to go another mile and help carry Zoe's as well.  Thank you Bill for blessing us blindly, for opening your heart to Zoe and other children struggling with something you understood too well.  Peace be with you now.   To Mila, Bill's son's Thomas and Edward and his sister Nita: our prayers and love are with you.  Bill, you are our hero!
Bill Joyner, a hero of HATS FOR ZOE

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