Commemorating King-The Orlando Times
Events Commemorating Dr. King’s Legacy Was Informative, Entertaining
Attendees at Dare2Care CareFair 2020
BY LOUIS C. WARD
LAKE COUNTY - It was an arousing inspirational speech by Dr. Geraldine McClellan, United Methodist Church Conference, and vocal performances by Rodney Rocker and Beverley Shores Elementary School chorus that kick-off a great 2020 Dr. King CommUnity Breakfast Friday, January 3rd.
The Dare2Care CareFare 2020, which included a Memorial Walk, informative presentation on Medicare and Medicaid changes for 2020, a Renal System workshop, and a heartfelt testimonial by Carolyn Samuel, a kidney transplant recipient, topped off a successful first weekend of events commemorating the legacy of Dr. King Saturday, January 4th.
Both programs began the annual 2020 Double weekend of events celebrating the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sponsored by the Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Commemorating Committee of Lake County (MLKCC), the last weekend’s events will include the historic Dr. King Parade/March Saturday, January 11th on Main Street at Downtown Leesburg at 11 am, Dr. King Ecumenical Service Sunday, January 12th at Christian Worship Center Perazoth, 206 Main Street, Wildwood, Florida, and finally the Student's Literary Award Contest Friday, January 17th at 6 pm at Lake Sumter State College’s Leesburg Campus.
Dr. McClellan encouraged everyone to continue to keep Dr. Dr. King’s dream alive by bringing change and resolving those issues that negatively affect people’s pursuit of happiness and wellbeing domestically and internationally.
“Get up and do something to keep the dream alive; help people have hope in their lives again”, Dr. McClellan commanded. “Still plenty of work to be done. Action speaks louder than words. Continue to believe in the dream and act on it.”
Leesburg City Commissioner John Christian and County Commissioner Leslie Campione issued proclamations, Community Service Awards were presented to Pastor Tony Hardy and the Dare2Care Organization, a special recognition was given to 93 year old Maggie Conway, a former Leesburg resident, who came from Arizona to attend the CommUnity Breakfast, and outgoing MLKCC President Louis C. Ward and Vice President Linda Cunningham received awards for their service and leadership.
“It was a great program and Dr. McClellan’s speech was very inspiring. It gave us something to not only think about, but to act on”, said Mrs. Carolyn Samuel, the CommUnity Breakfast Committee Chairperson and the new MLKCC President.
“I enjoyed the guest speaker. The children were so cute, singing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ ”, said one female participant.
“It was an awesome program”, said Ms. Linda Cunningham, Vice President of MLKCC.
Nurse Practitioner Arethea Moise had the ears of many attendees who were diabetics and had many other health conditions when she informed them how our renal system works and what we must do to keep our kidneys healthy. ARNP Moise said the body’s five main organs are the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and lungs. The kidneys regulate fluid balance and eliminates waste products.
ARNP Moise said Kidney carcinoma is the 7th leading cause of death in men in the United States and diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure and obesity can help contribute to kidney cancer. She encouraged everyone to drink plenty of water and exercise daily.
Carolyn Samuel and 20-year kidney transplant recipient had everyone’s attention with her testimony of living with a kidney transplant.
She said her “donor was a God-fearing man and he prayed with me.” She told how recipients must match 7 important items to be able to qualify for receiving a kidney. She was a match. “I was thrilled to tell my story”, concluded Mrs. Samuel.
The program concluded with a prayer for our Cancer Survivors, Soldiers, and Caregivers and a raffle. Mrs. Dorothy Rocker won a 40 inch TV. All donations collected are presented to the American Cancer Society for research to cure cancer. Dare2Care has raised more than $11,000.00 for cancer research as of this writing.