Julie Carrillo’s friends believe in the healing power of prayer.

That’s why they’re organizing a candlelight prayer vigil for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lone Star Arena.

“Julie is one of the strongest women I know,” said longtime friend Theresa Chipman. “She has the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone.” 

Julie was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer just before her 40th birthday and has been undergoing treatments ever since.

Doctors recently told the family that there is nothing else they can do for her and Julie is now home, surrounded by her family, Chipman said.

But her friends aren’t giving up and they are asking the family to gather Friday to pray for a miracle.

“That’s all we can do at this point,” Chipman said. 

Chipman and Jennifer Dickson are organizing the effort, which will be led by Werth Mayes, pastor of the Cowboy Church of Erath County. 

In a 2016 interview with the E-T, Julie focused on the importance of listening to your body. 

“I don’t want anyone’s pity,” she said. “I just want to make people aware of this and tell them to listen to their bodies.”

She talked about the love she has for her husband Gilbert and their two children. 

“I’m not dying, I’m living,” she said. “You can’t quit living while trying to stay alive. I’ve learned a lot from this, my priorities have shifted. I don’t miss any of my kids’ activities. My focus is on them.”

Now, her friends - and strangers - are turning their focus on her. 

“We hope people come Friday night,” Chipman said. “They are an amazing family and they need our prayers.”