Trump Sends Personal Letter to Woman Battling Brain Tumor, Calls upon God


In a personal letter, President Donald Trump reached out this month to an Alabama supporter going through a trying time, and added his personal prayers for the woman’s well-being.

Rachel Robbins, 27, had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and had surgery to have the tumor removed on Feb. 1, according to Fox News. She was surprised to find that she had received a letter from the president and first lady Melania Trump.

“I was just amazed, honestly, I couldn’t believe it,” Robbins, a former staff member for the conservative law group Liberty Counsel, told Fox.

“I felt very honored that the president of the United States of America heard my story and was praying for me from the White House.”

It was Robbins’ childhood friend Cody Sanders, a speechwriter in the West Wing, who told the president about Robbins’ story. Robbins and Sanders attended First Baptist Church of Eufaula together when they were growing up.

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Robbins, a nursing student at the University of South Alabama, got an MRI scan after experiencing symptoms for around a year.

Fox News reported that she had run seven miles and lifted weights the day before she learned that she had a malignant tumor larger than a lime in the back of her brain.

Dr. Nicholas Voss and his team at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Alabama, fully extracted Robbins’ tumor during the surgery. She is still undergoing treatment and recovering.

“We recently learned of the courage and tenacity you have displayed during the course of your illness. We are keeping you and your loved ones in our prayers, and send our warmest wishes for a swift and full recovery,” the Trumps wrote in their letter to Robbins, dated Feb. 4.

“We hope that the love and support of friends and family strengthens and encourages you during this difficult time. We ask that God grant you comfort and strength as you continue this brave battle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Get well soon!”

Robbins told Fox that it meant a lot to her that people all over the world, including in the White House, are praying for her healing.

“I love how the letter’s written and addresses God and calls on Him for my healing and my recovery,” she said.

Robbins, who is a hospital aide at Providence Hospital in Mobile, is trying to take a positive view of her experience with cancer.

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She’s hoping to use it to help her future work.

“I want to be a nurse first assist just like the nurses that helped me in my surgery,” Robbins said. “I would love to be an RNFA for Dr. Voss.”

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Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, said the president’s letter was a very special gift for Robbins.

“It is incredible that the president and the first lady would take the time to send a letter of encouragement to someone they have never met,” Staver said, according to Liberty Counsel.

“This letter is very special. In the din of political debate, very few people hear about touching stories like this one and the person touched by the family occupying the highest office in the land.”

Staver celebrated Robbins’ trust in God and asked for continued prayers for her.

“Rachel lights up a room with her smile. Her love for the Lord is evident. We have been praying for Rachel and we know many people around the world are lifting her up in prayer.

“We are asking people to continue to pray for Rachel and her family. No matter the circumstances, nothing is impossible for God. Throughout this process, Rachel has demonstrated an unusual peace and trust that only comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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Karista Baldwin studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice.
Karista Baldwin has studied constitutional law, politics and criminal justice. Before college, she was a lifelong homeschooler in the "Catholic eclectic" style.
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