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LaDonna Boyd

“In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10

“Why?” is a question that so many people ask on a daily basis. There are circumstances that occur to each of us that are not the result of rhyme or reason—they just happen. Cancer falls into that category. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, religion, economic status, or sexual orientation. No one deserves to suffer from this or any disease, and a diagnosis does not necessarily reflect any decisions one has made.

I joined the Young Ambassadors in order to combat a disease that unfairly plagues so many innocent lives. To give a mother another day with her child, a husband another day with his wife, a brother another day with his sister…these are just a few reasons for my commitment to this cause. Vanderbilt is a leader in cancer research and the Young Ambassadors are a prime example of the impact that young philanthropists can have on changing the course of healthcare and helping the lives of others.

My family has been touched by cancer several times, as well as the lives of my friends, coworkers, classmates, and church members. I fear the thought of a personal struggle with this disease, and even more so that of future offspring. With appropriate funding, comprehensive understanding, and state of the art medical equipment, defeating cancer and other diseases is within reach. The fear of a diagnosis can be combated with the fact that healing is on its way. With targeted treatment options, medications, and holistic approaches, the disease will have less of an impact on one’s health and financial well-being. Each dollar that the Young Ambassadors raise for the “VICCtory Over Cancer Fund” goes to research initiatives that can help to provide the key to unlocking the cure. Questions will soon transition from “why,” to “how” and “when.” It is my prayer that the questions will receive the answers they need and patients and their families will receive their personal victory over cancer.

I encourage you to donate any amount. No gift is too small. Please help the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Young Ambassadors raise $105,000 to fund three discovery grants.

Continued Blessings,


  1. Hey LaDonna, this is Aaron Johnson. I have a close friend who has a daughter with cancer, she is only 8 years of age, and is disabled. They live here in Nashville, TN and have migrated here from New York. To support her, we are getting some “Cancer Bites” shirts for her, as we continue to link arms and join her in her fight against cancer. What free resources are available for her as her family situation struggles economically. Are there any cancer support groups for youth in her situation? Thank you for all your help,


    Aaron Johnson in Nashville, TN
    (615) 945-5107

    Comment by Aaron Johnson — November 6, 2012 @ 8:37 am

  2. Thank you for your prompt reply! I didn’t realize you had that many resources and now we have an array of options to choose from to get the best help where help is needed. I really think more people need to catch on to what you and your counterparts are doing. Cancer bites. It is an epidemic that not only desires to corrode the body but also the mindsets of people. We can beat this thing! We have to spread the word and get the undereducated and misinformed the resources and knowledge they need to prevent, treat, and defeat cancer! Thanks for all you do, and may God’s favor crown your soul!

    Aaron in Nashville, TN

    Comment by Aaron Johnson — November 9, 2012 @ 11:27 am

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