My name is Orean Cosby. I am a 63 year old mother of three children and 5 grandchildren. I am a gospel singer/songwriter, pastor and teacher. On January 14th, I was given the devastating news that the tissues that were removed during surgery was cancerous and although breast cancer has rarely been found in this area, it was indeed breast cancer. My prognosis was Stage 4 breast cancer and it was later determined through testing that the cancer had metastisized throughout my entire skeleton.
Because I have experienced the affects of this diagnosis on my mental, emotional and physical well being, I have become more passionate about helping others in similar circumstances. Therefore I am sponsoring an afternoon of inspiration, hope, love, encouragment and prayer for other cancer and sickle cell anemia patient/survivors.
Although we may experience pain on a daily basis or have to endure hours of treatment, what goes on in the mind of those affected can do more damage than the condition itself. I have experienced nights of fear and afraid to go to sleep wondering whether I would wake up in the morning or not. But I thank God for the firm foundation of faith in the Word of God that reminds me and enables me to continue to live day by day holding on to my faith. However, I come in contact with so many who do not have this kind of support and too many are dying before time due to the lack of inspirational, emotional, and mental support. And this is the purpose of the event called "The Gift"
What We Need & What You Get
We need $3,500 to defray the cost of the hotel ballroom where the luncheon will be held and to feed 50 patients and 50 caregivers. Contributors will have the opportunity to visit the website to view pictures and/or videos of the events of the day. This event is being sponsored by Mashiyach Ministries, an IRS 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization, therefore all gifts are tax deductible. If we are unable to raise the entire amount of this campaign, we will have to modify how many patients we will be able to accommodate.
In December 2010, I began this event,"The Gift" as a worship service in support of Sickle Cell Anemia. The very next month I received my diagnosis, so instead of cancelling the event, I added to the cause Breast Cancer. There are many campaigns to raise money for research in the area of advanced breast cancer but I choose to do something that can personnally impact individuals right where they are. A smile, a touch, an encouraging word from another individual goes a long way toward the well being of a person. Some patients don't get out except for their doctors appointments and treatments. The impact of attending this social event and having folks there to show patient/survivors that someone cares and that their life and well being matters will go a long way in their hearts after the event is over. As a contributor, you will have the joy of knowing that you have helped to bring a glimmer of light into the hearts of 50 patients and caregivers.
Other Ways You Can Help
For those who may not be able to contribute financially to this campaign, it would be very helpful if you utilize the "word of mouth" method to help us get the word out. Help me get the word out about helping breast cancer and sickle cell anemia patients/survivors receive HELP (H. hope, E. encouraging, L. love, P. prayer) from Mashiyach Ministries, Austin TX