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Miracle Temple Member Raises $8,500 for Cancer Research
Story by Taashi Rowe
Wendy Slayton (left) and Teriko Epps, participated in the Light the Night fundraiser and walk in honor of their sister and friend, Louvenia Anderson (center).
Last February Louvenia Anderson, a local health guru and a member of Miracle Temple in Baltimore received devastating news. She was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome and Acute Myeloid Leukemia. No research has been done on the disease and there is no cure at this time. One day while at a class for cancer patients, Anderson found out about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and about their Light the Night fundraiser. She was impressed to raise $10,000 toward research for this cancer.
Anderson, who relied on her large network of friends and supporters through the Totally You weight management program and Serenity Sisters group, both of which she founded; friends from her work as the Baltimore Area Health Network coordinator for Allegheny East Conference and her church family, raised nearly $8,500. On the day of the walk, friends from as far away as Virginia Beach, Va., Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., came out in bad weather to show their support.
“I prayed up to the day of the walk that God would prepare my body and sustain me to attend the walk, and God answered my prayers,” Anderson said. “ I was able to participate in the activities and fellowship before the walk. I waited at the site while others walked for me and they were excited to do so.”
Looking back at the experience, Anderson adds, she realized “how truly blessed I am. It was a very cold, rainy, snowy, icy day and family and friends showed up in droves in spite of the weather condition.”