By Yadira Betances
David Parkes is the son of a band leader and trumpet player. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1977 and after 13 years of fighting the disease and going through 13 operations, doctors told him there was no hope.
While at Medjugorje with his wife, Anne, he was cured at a healing service. Parkes has since dedicated his life to spreading the message of Medjugorje and God's healing.
Medjugorje, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has become well known because the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to six young people since June 24, 1981 with a message of peace, love, faith, conversion, prayer, and fasting. The site was in Yugoslavia at the time.
Every year, thousands of faithful flock to the town seeking healing.