When Lisa Sweet was given the news that her dear friend Carol had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the wife of Stryper front man Michael Sweet did what she’s been doing her entire life – reaching out and helping someone in need. Sweet’s own calling is inspiring. Not only does she manage the most celebrated Christian metal band of all time but she also works for The Arc of Cape Cod. An organization that provides supportive services to people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Carol’s journey to regaining her health was made even more difficult with the added financial burden. To help, Sweet has started a Go Fund Me campaign to help raise money to offset these costs. Friends and fans can contribute whatever they can to the cause, with 100% of the proceeds going to pay for Carol’s bills and medical care. If you are unable to contribute, Sweet asks for prayers to be sent. Every little bit helps.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisa Sweet about the Go Fund Me campaign in the exclusive interview.
James Wood: What can you tell me about your friend, Carol?
Lisa Sweet: Carol and I had known each other for years and have always kept in touch with each other. She’s such a good person and so positive. She’s someone who accepted me for who I am and was always supportive of the decisions I’ve made in the past. She’s done a lot of fundraising herself over the years for the American Cancer Society that Michael and I contribute to. She always thinks of everyone else and has a special place in my heart.
JW: What are some of your best memories with Carol?
LS: I remember spending time with her every Christmas and whenever we went to her house, it was all about giving. Her Christmas tree was elaborate and her gifts were always so well thought out. They weren’t much but they were just amazing. She would always buy me earrings and I still have every one of them. Just getting to spend time with her and seeing how happy she was to have her family with her in her tiny apartment — that was everything!
JW: How did you first find out about Carol’s condition?
LS: Every Christmas I would get a letter from Carol, but this last one seemed a little bit off about how she wasn’t feeling well. She’s never asked me for anything but something was leading me and I felt the need to pay it forward and send her a check. She wrote back thanking me and saying how she couldn’t believe it, because her landlord had just raised her rent and she was having a difficult time. Then about a month later she got her diagnosis. When I have this yearning I feel like God is calling me and it was one of those things where she didn’t ask me to do the Go Fund Me campaign. I just felt called to do it.
JW: How can people help?
LS: Any donation is greatly appreciated. Carol’s on disability and literally lives on a very small income, so the bills are piling up. Her boyfriend, Randy is 76 years old and is working at his family’s bar in order to help her pay for food. They’re good people who deserve to have prayers and a miracle.
Click Here to access the Pray For Carol Go Fund Me campaign.
JW: How has being involved with Stryper helped Carol (and you) during this time?
LS: Stryper fans are just amazing people and Carol has been overwhelmed with prayer. The band has really helped me with not only this aspect of my life but also with my work for The Arc of Cape Cod, which helps individuals with disabilities. In order for me to give back to them for helping me, I manage Stryper. I really believe that they are out there making an impact on peoples lives. I read the emails from their fans and know how they’re saving people and bringing them to the Lord, and that’s so important.
JW: Is there a message you’d like people to take away from this campaign?
LS: Carol wasn’t aware of any of the signs outside of not feeling well. Now she realizes that they were actually symptoms. Becoming more aware of the signs and symptoms is so important. Carol has always been faithful to God and is so overwhelmed and grateful for everything. I would really love to see this campaign explode and to surpass the goals set for her medical bills and rent. Being able to take that stress off of her would be amazing.