Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

July 11, 2006 "He who conceals his sins does not prosper..."

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

“Whoever is thirsty, let Him come; and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

What amazing love God has for all! We simply need to confess our sins, believe in Christ’s work on the cross and His resurrection, and one day join with those who have gone on before us. As we pray for the other families of this event, we are filled with comfort because we know their loved ones are Christians and in Heaven with Christ today!
“The best of life on earth is a glimpse of Heaven; the worst of life on earth is a glimpse of hell. For Christians, this present life is the closest they will come to hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.” (Randy Alcorn from his book, “Heaven”)
Please, don’t guess where you will spend eternity…KNOW it for certain. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ and his redemptive work.
“But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jesus Christ from His Book, “The Bible”).

Monday…it is amazing! The time seems to go so slowly and yet it flies by at the same time. To remember what Whitney was like 2 ½ months ago and then to see her today…absolutely amazing! God is doing some wondrous things in her body. After a good night of sleep Whitney went to her therapies. She reminds us she is just fine and doesn’t need the therapy and then wheels herself off to do her daily work. She continues to work very hard even though she feels there is no need.

This evening the professor, from TU, who is keeping tabs on Carly through her internship, came by. Whitney had a very pleasant conversation with him and Carly. Her spontaneity and comfort in conversation improve daily. Her ankle is loosening up as well, and her leg looks better…the scars are fading…the swelling is all gone…in physical therapy they work her leg to regain muscle tone. She lifts some light weight with her left arm to give it strength and to stretch out the elbow.

Our doctor from Spectrum called today with news of Whit’s CAT scan. The news is all good!!! Thank you, God! All is fine and normal.

The day is over…Carly and Whitney are asleep by now…tomorrow is another day. Praise be to God!

In Christ alone, Whit’s dad


Anonymous Jessica from Streator, IL said...

Praises be to our God who specializes in things thought impossible!!!! Thanks for sharing the "Good News"!

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ceraks,
Thanks again for the encouraging news on Whitney and your wonderful words of inspiration.

Another great book on Heaven is "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper. Even my 9 year old read it and was fascinated!

Love and prayers,
C in GR

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so awesome to hear of all that the Lord is doing in Whit's life. Such goodness comes from all of her pain she has endured.

Your families steadfast love and through the thousands of prayers she is healing and making giant steps each day.

I was sad to miss her pictures on the Today Show---if there is a way to put them on this blog it would be wonderful to see her.

The world is seeing your families faith in God,the outpouring of prayer, and the strength that comes from within through these hard times. Stand fast and believe and he will provide.

Much love,
a mom in mt zion

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


SUCH a continuous, wonderful testimony of God working in your lives on a DAILY basis!!!!

Thank you for keeping us all posted!!!!!

You will NEVER know just how many lives you have impacted for Christ!

Thank you!

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy to hear of the wonderful news. God's word is perfect in every situation. Today God's love showed brightly to me through your posting. As a parent the greatest joy is to see my children prosper, grow, and walk with God. As God's children, I praise God for you and all in involved and touched by these events. May we all walk together with God. Praise to Him.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Susan LaGassa, San Jose said...

God is the greatest physician isn't He? This is wonderful news! Another day to celebrate in Whitney's recovery, thank you Jesus, thank you, thank you, thank you! God must be so proud of how hard you're working Whitney. You know all things are possible with God, and he knows your heart and how much you want to get home. Keep trusting in God's perfect timing and he'll get you there.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear things are on the up and up! Keep smiling!

Didn't know if you had heard about the Pearl Family - another truly inspiring and moving situation... Everyone, please visit, as Matt is hoping for 500,000 hits to their website before his bone marrow transfusion Thursday. Please sign their guest book too; he needs all the smiles he can get!


Again, thank you for sharing your story and inspiring so many from around the world.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Newell,
Whitney likes to eat, likes to sleep and doesn't want you fussing over her (I'm fine I don't need therapy) but off she goes to her therapies. With a chuckle and tongue in cheek I'll bet.
She's definitely getting better, she sounds like fun to be around. Good sense of humor and very much a normal teenager.
I liked your ministry statement today, I have thought that very same thing many times, thanking God that the problems of this life are the cloest I'll ever get to hell. And feeling sorrow for the lost.
Your Brother in Christ
from Grandville

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so wonderful to read about Whitney's great daily strides toward recovory. As an old friend that can not make it down for a visit I wonder if a picture of Whit could be posted? I continue to pray for Whitney and all those involved. Thanks for the wonderful updates!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Rachel Huisman said...

What fun it's been to read all about Whitney's progress! God is good! I'm an Occupation Therapist that used to work at Spectrum Health CCC and it was such a joy to read about all the things Whitney is now able to do. She is one amazing girl and God is certainly doing wonderful things through her! We will be praying for all of you as you continue to heal and as you continue on this journey!

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I saw you on the Today Show Whit...i cried and rejoiced that you are God's vessell to reach the world (hello the today shoW!!!) with the love and healing power that Christ has. You my fellow Taylor Sister are that person.....what a scary but amazing opportunity for such a time as this....

A fellow Olson Hall mate!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Whitney are the Today Show again? I too would love to see recent pictures of her.. I think this is an amazing story of faith and healing..

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Dick and Jane said...

Saw Whit on NBC this morning. She looks great....We are so thankful to our Lord.....get good reports from our family also. We continue to hold you up to our Faithful Lord and Savior. Never miss a Blog. Thank you....it is so good to know how you all are doing.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Veronica said...

Hi, "Whit's Dad". :) My name is Veronica and I linked off your site from FOX NEWS - amazing to see how Jesus is using your updates on NATIONAL NEWS for people to come across... I just can't get over this story... Romans 8:28, amen? Brother, I am praying for you and your family.. I am praying for the families of the other students and have been for months now. May God bless you all. Please tell Whitney that a sister in the Lord down in south Texas stands in awe of God's purposes through her story and your blog. Grace and peace to you all,
Veronica, 26 years old, Tx.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so excited to hear or Whitney's progress! God is so good and faithful and I am so glad that He takes care of his children.

A week or so ago I asked you if you would pray for our trip to columbus, OH. We are currently here and things are seeming positive, except for the job hunt. We have to back to Buffalo by Thursday, but just continue to pray for us.


2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whitney's beautiful picture can be seen at http://www.wthr.com/Global/category.asp?C=80869&nav=menu188_2_1

Keep of the hard work.

Gas City IN

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Kevin & Donna Nichols said...

Ceraks - thanks for continually updating us on how Whitney is doing daily. We have been gone a week and no access to the internet - but now reading a week's worth, it continually is amazing how she is improving - Praise God!!!

The Nichols - Ft. Wayne

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Ruth said...


I have followed your blog since day one and am continually encouraged by your faith. Whitney is never far from my thoughts.

Today, in particular as i read this post, it rang home for me as i have been in thinking and discussing what heaven will be with a friend. Praise Jesus that he uses unlikely people, to bring us messages of hope and truth.

Faithfully I will continue to read and be uplifted by your today, everyday trust in the Lord - that His will be done.

Your sister in Christ in Christchurch, New Zealand

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can watch the Today Show from this morning at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12495558/

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also missed Whit on the Today Show this morning, but I found it on MSNBC.com. Click on the Today Show then towards the bottom right, you can click to listen to an hour of the show. Whit's picture is on at about 8:57/10:00 minutes. Hope this helps!

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone please post the new address where Whit is now? Thank you so much!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for those who missed the bit on whitney from the today show, you can watch it at:


under "TODAY netcast, watch it on demand", select Tuesday. the part about whitney is around the end of the 8th minute of the first segment.

hope that helps

you look great whitney! keep up the hard work!

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to MSNBC Today Show website you can look at today's show on Netcast... you will see how wonderful Whitney looks.. she is so amazing.. She looks beautiful and very happy....

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ceraks -
Thank you so much for the updates! I praise God with you for His miraculous love and healing. Since I don't know Whitney personally, it has been fun to hear about her...and her sense of humor- sounds like someone else I know! You are prayed for so often and I rejoice with you as she improves and as you are able to share God's love with so many.
Martha (Upland)

9:13 PM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Dear Ceraks,
I read the updates first thing in the morning and am encouraged everyday by Whitney's progress. I am amazed by your faith and devotion. I follow Whitney's progress daily as well as Barbaro (the awesome horse that was injured at the Preakness). Both Whit and Barbaro lifted my day every morning when learning of their strength and attitude. However, Barbaro has suffered a setback today and his life appears to be in danger. PLEASE pray for him so that I might smile about his reports as I do Whitney's.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you...I am a better person because of you....And also now proud to say a CHRISTIAN because of what you have shown me. When I cried out for help...who knew that God would chose such a tragedy to bring people together...For you Whitney I give thanks.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Todd F said...

I praise God for the Cerek family. It's amazing how He turns tragity into triumph. I've been reading this posts for some time without speaking up. They are quite an inspiration. Thank you. May God continue to bless Whitney and the Cerek family. Praise Him!!!

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! Glory be to God!! In Jesus name.......... Amen

12:50 PM  

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