Making a joyful noise for a good cause

Members of Dionn Owen’s Renaissance Choir perform during the breast cancer awareness program at Morning Star Baptist Church on Dec. 10.

Making a joyful noise for a good cause
December 15
04:00 2016

Photo by Tevin Stinson



Last Saturday, The Light Gospel Radio joined forces with Team Pink Gem (TPG), a local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, to bring awareness to the impact breast cancer has on the community.

During the event held at Morning Star Baptist Church, some of the best gospel musical talent the city has to offer was showcased while raising donations to support cancer research in the area.

A representative from Team Pink Gem said it’s a joy to see so many people come out and support the program each year. She said Team Pink Gem would not be what it is today without the support of people in the community.

TPG was started in 2012 by breast cancer survivor Tammie Cuthrell. Seventy-one percent of the funds raised by the organizations goes to mammograms for the uninsured and under-insured.

Breast cancer survivor Wilma Davis thanked The Light and TPG for their generosity and willingness to help those in need. While sharing a testimonial on her battle with cancer, Davis urged those in attendance to be in tune with their bodies.

“Don’t ignore anything,” she said. “Women, men if you see anything different happening with your body, get it checked out then.”

Davis mentioned when she was finally diagnosed, the cancer had already reached Stage 3. She said if it wasn’t for Cuthrell and Team Pink Gem, she would not be here today.

“I’m standing here first to give God the honor and the praise because He is a healer, but I am also here today standing on the shoulders of Team Pink Gem. I want to personally thank Tammie and “Boss Lady” for educating the community; they have a real passion for serving the underserved in the community.”

Along with raising funds for cancer research, the program also raised money to buy Christmas presents for children in need. On-air personality Anita “Boss Lady” Dean-Arnette said the annual program is all about love. She said, “It’s just nice to be nice.

“Love isn’t love until you give it away, and that’s what this event is about: spreading love to those in need. We all know someone who is or who has battled breast cancer, and it feels good to know that we did our part here today to help families in the area.”

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