In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Greetings of peace and mercy to all, to those we know and those we do not yet know:

It is with heavy yet prayerful hearts that we like to inform you that our dear brother Usama Canon has been conclusively diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.  This recent news has been shocking, sobering, and overwhelming.  As such, Usama will be taking time away from work and friends to adjust to his condition—as well as spend as much time as possible with his family while still in this earthly realm. Usama is currently mobile, and active, all praise and thanks are due to God.

Many of you have asked, “How can we help?”  First and foremost, remember Usama and our family in your prayers. We trust in God fully and leave our affairs in His Merciful hands. In addition, we sincerely request that you give him and his family space and privacy as they establish a “new normal” in their lives as a result of his diagnosis.

We created the website www.loveforusamacanon.org as a portal for prayers and messages from his family, friends, and supporters, near and far.  Please direct your messages to the website instead of directly contacting Usama and his family.  Usama will see your messages privately and God-willing, will respond in due time. We look forward to seeing your shining hearts and smiles!

We thank you for respecting our wishes for privacy and space. We are grateful for your love, support, and prayers.

Lovingly yours,

The Canon Family