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Project by Joel Tille posted 06-15-2007 04:35 PM 1894 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have an employee where I work that has been off work now for about 2 months on family medical leave. He has needed to miss work occasionally over the past few years as their daughter has been in and out of the hospital. She has been in a hospital in Milwaukee for the past two months. To date the hospitals have not been able to determine what she has. She has gone from a three year old walking and playing to sitting in a wheel chair at age seven. I believe it has been a difficult for the family going to hospitals and specialist in multiple states and still not know. Consulting with specialist in other hospitals in other states.

At work we recently had a bake sale, silent auction and fund raiser. While making the Cross, I decided that I would send it to the hospital instead of auctioning it. It became my Prayer Cross for Leah. I received word earlier this week that their daughter held the cross for about an hour before they hung it on the wall. They will hang it in her room when she comes home. It was very gratifying that the Cross was well received.

The Cross is made with Purple Heart in the middle, wrapped with Maple. Outside of the maple is Bloodwood with Walnut being the outside layer. Sanded through 1200, with 4 coats of laquer.

Prayers for Leah

-- Joel Tille

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#1 posted 06-15-2007 04:39 PM

My thoughts are with the brave little one and her family/extended family.

Beautiful cross/gift/treasure

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-15-2007 04:43 PM

Beautiful cross Joel. Sad story. God bless little Leah. Hopefully the doctors will not only find this problem soon but find the medical solution soon. Please keep us informed.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 06-15-2007 05:07 PM

I believe that positive input and encouragement is the foundation of all remedies, just as you have expressed with this project. Good move and great work.
All the Best
Only the Best

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 06-15-2007 05:11 PM

I just lost a niece recently to Huntingtons Chorea, now her youger sister has it and the Drs. say probably the older brother will get it eventually. Its a rare disease with about 2500 people in the US having it. It took them a long time to diagnose it, there is no cure, its degenerative and a wasting disease of the central nervous system. It was horrible, God Bless You for making her such a wonderful present, as they waste they can usually think pretty clearly at times, and things like that mean a lot to them. I’ll also pray for Leah. Beautiful cross. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 06-15-2007 05:54 PM

Very beautiful cross, Joel. I’m sure the whole family will find some strength in it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-15-2007 06:08 PM

Very beautiful, I love your use of woods on that one, and the seams match perfectly.. AWESOME JOB!!

-- Greg

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#7 posted 06-15-2007 06:11 PM

It’s a beautiful cross and a nice statement. Thanks for sharing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 06-15-2007 07:29 PM

Great, What a nice way of using one’s talents to make something that is so important to someone else. No greater love can be shown than the concern of others.

Our prayers are with her, and the whole family.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Joel Tille

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#9 posted 06-15-2007 07:48 PM

We just received an update during lunch today that they are on thier way home from Milwaukee. The past two weeks they have had training on how to care for her. She has a breathing tube and a feeding tube.

Thanks to all who have commented so far and thanks for the prayers.

God Bless

-- Joel Tille

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#10 posted 06-16-2007 12:47 AM

May God be with her and her parents and bestow his blessings on you for being so thoughtful with your talents. Beautiful cross.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-30-2007 06:37 AM


Very beautiful work, for a very beautiful cause.

I hope and pray that all works out well for all involved.

Kind of makes me pause and take note to the many blessings we have, and take for granted.

The everyday problems seem so non relevent. I wish I could remember that everyday is Thanksgiving.

Great work Joel;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 09-22-2012 10:53 AM

having two girls myself, this story breaks my heart. i cannot imagine what the family is going through. thoughts and prayers go out to Leah and those that love her. May God help get them through this difficult time.

beautiful cross Joel – all the best.

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