Tom Joyner Lends A Helping Hand
February 23, 2007 at 6:59 AM (PT)
Thanks to TOM JOYNER and his cohorts on the morning show, one more "soldier" is being added to the growing ranks of African Americans answering the call to action for a healthier Black AMERICA.
Thirty-seven-year-old TJMS listener CHELA HARDY, known to some young readers as author KAMICHI JACKSON, wrote a desperate letter to JOYNER shortly after the death of R&B singer GERALD LEVERT and requested assistance with her own weight issues.
"It wasn't easy admitting that I needed help," says HARDY. "To be honest, it was embarrassing to put my business out there, especially the parts about how overweight I've allowed myself to become and about the stacks of unpaid medical bills I still face daily, but I knew that if I truly wanted to be successful at this challenge, I'd have to put my pride aside, be real about my struggles, and ask for help. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to MR. JOYNER for his generosity. He trusts that I will make good on my promise to get the weight off and live healthier. I intend to do just that, and I look forward to keeping him updated on my progress along the way."