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Cape Gazette By Henry J. Evans Jr. hevans@capegazette.com The llth annual NAACP Free- dom Fund Banquet honored four people from Sussex County who have contributed to the commu- nity giving their time, energy and Trott. ! Trott holds a master's degree in urban affairs a nd public policy from the Univev. ;ity of Delaware. nity and public Lst at First State Lion Agency in Georgetown. "To God be the glory," Trott said, accepting recognition. She is a commt relations special Community Ac inspiration to many. The banquet, held Saturday, Sept. 18 at Grace United Methodist Church in George- town, honored the Rev. George H. Edwards Sr. of Lewes, the Rev. Ronnie L. Hovington Sr. of Georgetown, Linda McKenzie of Seaford and Kaneisha Trott of Georgetown. "These people provide the needs for those in their commu- nity who get up at all different hours to run errands, work with children and do whatever is needed to make our community successful" said Jane Hovington, an event organizer, who wel- comed people to the banquet. She said the purpose of the banquet is to honor unsung he- roes and let them know they are appreciated. "I know there are many times you turn to them and say 'I love you.' But the point is, we need to give them their flowers while they can smell them," Hovington said. Tmtt "This individual is a joy to be- hold. When she sees you, her face breaks into a smile that just lifts your spirits. When you ask her to do something, she does it with joy," Hovington said about u at nd Let_ spirited, and he lieve he's one of in Sussex Counv Louise Henry Edwards hold, gree in theology Bible School in ] is pastor of Fri, Church in Lewe: "Thank you bless you," said receiving his R .Rom F "When you d character you d, in life. He's a tion. If you nee moving to do it f pid Laclair, intr( ton. Hovington he in accounting State University license to preac he working for F St. Louis, Mo. I give God all ingtori said, u recognition. very once in awhile, someone leaves a foot print that should be filled. You know, when you were kids you would fred one in the sand or the snow. It was gigantic and none of you could resist the temptation to put your foot in the impression and compare it to your own tiny print. There is just such a person, though, whose efforts help us celebrate an important designa- tion for this month of October. She's not a Nobel Prize win- ner; she's never had the political title of senator or president, and she probably has never been on the cover of a wq magazine. Howe recognized as oi influential womq This person is who started the foundation 25 ye tuaUy became Komen for the ( the global breasl ment. October Cancer Awarem I know there :an preach. I be- the great people ;" said presenter out Edwards. a bachelor's de- from American eland, Fla. He mdship Baptist ery much. God Edwards upon trd. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 20'10 Sl HONOREES OF THE NAACP 11th annual Freedom Fund Banquet are Rev. George H. Edwards Sr. and Linda McKenzie. (I-r) the Rev. HENRY J. EVANS JR. PHOTO Ronnie L. Hovington Sr., Kaneisha Trott, the fme a person's IJmlal :R lacksonville, Fla. A Sussex Technical High ;free his actions Jane Hovington described "Praise the Lord. To God be School graduate, Jackson was li- n of God by ac- honore Linda McKenzie as a the glorY. I just thank God and censed to preach in 2004, under d him, he'll get woman who avails herself to the thank you," McKenzie said. the pastoral care of the Rev. Mar- Jr you," said Cu- community, cus De'Angelo Briddell, who ducing Hoving- "Not just her church commu- grew up in Dagsboro. Jackson is nity. She's been voted teacher of The Rev. Robert A. Jackson Jr. pastor of Mt. Zion African lds a bachelor's the year two times, and she start- was the banquet's keynote speak- Methodist Episcopal Church in !rom Delawareed a program called Because I er. "What I'll do tonight is just Bridgeton, N.J. He received his Care," Hovington said. preach my speech. Is that OKY' Jackson's father, the late Rev. h in 1973, when McKenzie is a graduate of Sal- Jackson asked, to the sounds of Robert Augustus Jackson Sr., ini7 9rd Motor Co. in isbury State University andholds amen and applause, tiated formation of the National a master's degree from the Unit- Jackson's motto is "If God is Association for the Advance- the glory," Hov- ed Deliverance Bible Center for me, who can be against me? ment of Colored People's lower accepting campus of Logos Christian Col- No weapon formed against me Sussex County branch chartered lege and Graduate School in shallprosper." in1976. ,,ekly celebrity ver, she is now e of the most of our time. Nancy Brinker, usan G. Komen ars ago. It even- e Susan G. ure, launching cancer move- National Breast ss Month. re many worth- while causes oul there today. But this one is very close to my heart, having fallen prey to the disease myself. It is like no gets the fabric women. There men who also s cancer, but the victims ters, aunts, friends the cradle with cious those who are 'our society." ; a percentage of of its nieces, Mother seem to guide steady hand. vi- the very young, their late 30s or the beginning of the mid- finger of doom on a mammo- dle part of their years, taking gram. Removing the cancer was them swiftly from their young the easy part. It was after that I children and families and ending became familiar with all the rig- their lives, but not the spirit, ors of keeping this disease at which lives on. bay. I had never heard of Brinker There were rounds of or Komen until I was diagnosed chemotherapy with untold side with breast cancer. I am now an effects and then rounds of radia- eight-year breast cancer sur- tio vivor. I carried a kit with me every Susan Komen, the sister of day that contained my lifeline to Nancy Brinker, was only 36 my existence: anti-nausea pills, years old when she died of this crackers, water, scarves for my disease in 1982. bald head, and most important It was her deathbed wish that of all, a prayer card someone her sister help through any ef- sent me. The sun hurt my eyes; fort possible to promote aware- walking hurt my bones and the hess and help put an end to this sight of food would send me curse, retching. I can only relate my Own per- I share this because breast sonal experience. Not everyone cancer likes us to be quiet: Can- hasthis journey; some have an cer always wants you to believe easier time than others, it will happen to someone else. So don't let statistics lull you Surviving breast cancer into a sleep. I had none of the should be celebrated out loud classic signs: There was no his- with a lot of noise and activities. tory of breast cancer in my fami- We have tireless workers in our ly, and I had no palpable lump. healthcare industry who help us Yet, there it was sitting like the achieve that goal. Sometimes you can look at a painting and its vagueness strikes you. The colors are mut- ed and blended. There is no clear direction; the figures are elusive. If you let it, breast can- cer can haunt you like this paint- ing. Now is the time to step into those footprints and do some- thing positive for breast cancer month. If you can't participate in an organized event, just wear a pink ribbon or wristband as a show of solidarity in this vicious fight. Think pink for breast cancer awareness. The following is a brief poem read at a dedication of a healing garden for a young woman taken from her husband and children by breast cancer. Meredith ".4 butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief mo- ment, its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies away again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it."