Felica Alford-Booker has a passion for serving. It is a natural instinct for her. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, tax consultant, friend, mentor - her list of natural talent is endless. If you happen to have a conversation with her it will be evident - especially since she serves as founder of Victory for Life Foundation. The idea for her foundation has lingered in her mind for about 10 years and stemmed from her own struggles and experiences. She just was never quite sure if the time was right.
In 2014 her good friend, Kimberly Rayson, was a victim of domestic violence and unfortunately lost her life. Kim was Felica's sounding board. They would brainstorm about how they wanted to impact their community in Longview, Texas. After Kim's death, Felica decided that she was delaying the inevitable and Victory for Life Foundation was finally official.
Victory for Life's purpose is simply to reach out to people in need in anyway possible - focusing on women and young girls. It is not a religious organization even though Felica's faith is what has empowered her to be able to serve. Victory for Life Foundation wants to help anyone in need. You don't have to be from a specific denomination or church affiliation to participate in any of their services that may be available.
Their first event, Gospel on the Lawn, will benefit an educational scholarship fund named in honor of Kimberly Rayson. Gospel on the Lawn will be Saturday, June 13th in Teague Park from 4 pm to 8 pm. Food, music, and local vendors will be on hand to enjoy. The foundation is asking for donations in the form of canned goods and gently used clothing, toys, and books to be donated to the Community Outreach Mission of Longview.
If you would like more information regarding Victory for Life Foundation or how to donate:
Victory For Life Foundation
PO Box 8734
Longview, TX 75607
You can also contact Felica directly: 903-387-1931
Thank you, Felica, for your selfless act of servitude. The community needs you. You inspire us all to our part.
By C. Morrison
Our feature has truly exemplified the will to live. She is a beautiful, strong, courageous little girl name Kyssi. Khyrstin "Kyssi" Andrews is a six year old Houston resident who was diagnosed in May 2012 with a rare form of kidney cancer called Wilms' tumor. She has won her battle against this cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in April 2014 and was given a 20% chance of survival.
Recently, Kyssi underwent a stem cell transplant to help her live a long life, but complications came after that. Currently she is in the hospital fighting for her life.
Kyssi's will to live has inspired thousands. Her mother Marla has continued to share her daughter's courageous journey through Facebook and other social media outlets. People from all around continue to post positive thoughts and prayers for Kyssi and her mother on their Facebook page - encouraging them both to remain strong and keep fighting. It is amazing how the strength of a six year old that has been fighting cancer for the past three years can inspire so many people she has never met.
Kyssi, your will to live is amazing! We are praying for you!
Can't stop, won't stop!
For updates on Kyssi's uplifting journey visit her Facebook page:
By Shemikah Moore