Charles Page withdraws from president's race
October 8 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Charles Page withdraws from president's race | Monday, Oct. 8, 2001

Monday, Oct. 8, 2001

Charles Page withdraws from president's race

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor CHARLOTTE - Charles Page announced Sunday that he is withdrawing as a candidate for president of the Baptist State Convention due to ill health. Page, who is pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma - cancer of the bone marrow - in May 1996. After months of treatment and two stem cell bone marrow transplants in 1997, the disease went into remission.

But "the cancer has come back with a flourish," Page told the Biblical Recorder, leading to his decision to withdraw. "The next months will be an intense struggle, and it wouldn't be fair to North Carolina Baptists for me to go ahead with that and then face a number of months when I would be unable to carry out the duties."

Page is traveling to Little Rock, Ark., this week to discuss treatment options.

"I love North Carolina Baptists and want what is best for the state Convention," Page said. "It is my prayer that, regardless of who is elected, that our Convention can move toward loving each other and caring for each other and just doing what's best for the kingdom's work."

Page said he would welcome any prayers in his behalf.

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