5.20.2014

Andrew Butler’s Story

In April—only a few weeks before his first year at Regent Law would come to a close—Andrew Butler received news that he had a 6-centimeter brain tumor.

Andrew and his fiancée Jane flew to The University of Kansas Hospital to meet with Dr. Paul Camarata, one of the best neurosurgeons in the United States. After evaluating Andrew’s MRI, Dr. Camarata determined that the mass appeared cancerous. He scheduled Andrew’s surgery for May 1.

Andrew and Jane, photo by Chelsea Diane Photography

As Andrew prepared for his 8:30 a.m. surgery on May 1, the Regent Law community gathered to pray for Andrew, Jane, and their families.

About two weeks after Andrew first learned why he was having such excruciating headaches, he received great news: the tumor was benign.

Andrew recounted his experience on his Facebook page.

“The Lord has demonstrated His sovereignty, grace, and goodness to Jane and me in new ways over the last two weeks. It is impossible for me to think about where we find ourselves at this moment without seeing His handiwork and design. I cannot help but say with Paul: ‘If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied’ (1 Corinthians 15:19).”

“My hope is not in this life, but there is a very true sense in which this brain tumor has changed my life. The Lord has already allowed this circumstance to bless me and bless others. It is my prayer that we do not forfeit any of the opportunities made available to us in the Lord by this brain tumor. To God be the glory.”

Andrew and Jane will be married on May 25 as they initially planned. He will finish up his final exams this summer.

Joel Ready, a student in the Two-Year J.D. program, initiated a fundraiser for Andrew and Jane to help cover the couple’s medical and travel expenses. If you want to contribute to the fund, you may do so here.