Sunday, September 25, 2022

A Monolith of Hope

Payson man creates obelisk  to lift his wife’s spirits as she battles cancer

Wesley and Wendy Peay of Payson. Photo by Ashley Janae Photography

If you’ve paid attention to the news this year, you’ve probably been just as flabbergasted as other Utahns about the mysterious appearance of monoliths in unlikely places.

Though the monolith appearances have been chalked up to fads, one Payson man decided to build his own for an entirely different reason. 

Wesley Peay built a beautiful obelisk in his front yard last month to help cheer up his wife, Wendy Peay, who was diagnosed with Stage One Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma earlier this year. Though its primary purpose was to stimulate laughter and fun, the monolith was also designed to offer hope and light to the community. 

To make the purpose of his monolith clear, Wesley placed a large star on top and adorned the upper portion of the monolith with inspiring phrases. 

Passersby (who couldn’t help but notice the large structure that stands taller than the Peay house) were greeted with inspiring messages such as “Wise men still seek Him,” and “Light the world.” 

True to its design, the monolith brought happiness to Wendy, whom Wesley describes as a person who “has carried herself with grace, optimism and a faith I have seldom seen from anyone.” 

Wesley also hopes that those who saw the monolith were able to experience the same happiness and laughter it brought his family. 

In December, the Peay family started a project called “Soup from the Soul.” The project helped raise money for Wendy’s cancer treatments in exchange for home-cooked soup, bread and cookies made lovingly by Wesley. 

Though the Soup from the Soul project is now complete, there are other ways to donate to the Peay family. Anyone interested in donating any amount to help cover Wendy’s cancer treatment costs can do so through the family’s GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/f/soup-from-the-soul). (Peterson is a Serve Daily contributor.)

Shellie Peterson
Shellie Petersonhttp://Ewritingstudio.com
Shellie Peterson is a mom, wife and freelance writer. She currently lives in Santaquin with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she loves to sing, read, write and spend as much time as possible camping.
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