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Painted rock gives family hope while loved one battles cancer

Hope rock found at West Texas Cancer Center (Source: Facebook/Shannon Ledezma) Hope rock found at West Texas Cancer Center (Source: Facebook/Shannon Ledezma)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

A glimmer of hope for a family searching for a miracle. 

Martha Moore, 72, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer on September 15. She had an MRI on September 19  to determine if the cancer spread to her brain.

"When I was outside. I saw the rock sitting on a bench there at the West Texas Cancer Center," said Shannon Ledezma, Moore's daughter.

To Shannon Ledezma and her sisters, the small painted gesture was strength to support their mom while she endures six sessions of chemo.

"The rock was meant for me and my sisters to see. We got the MRI results about 15 minutes before I found the rock." said Ledezma.

The MRI results came back negative. 

"It was God just speaking to us to let us know that it was going to be okay," said Ledezma.

Little did the family know, a woman named Dana Decker placed rocks all around Odessa hoping that at least one landed in the right hands.

"It gave me goose bumps and it made feel so heartfelt about it. You know, what she was going through. Just the hope that it gave her," said Decker.

Decker and Ledezma connected on her Facebook page, Permian Basin "Rocks." A page inspired by Brazoria County "Rocks!" that touts almost 35,000 members.

"I'm just hoping that word gets out and more people join the bandwagon and they start doing it to," said Decker.

She's already inspired people from far off counties.

Along with this family, who plans to pay her kind gesture forward.

Decker and Moore's family have been in contact on Facebook and are planning to meet.

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