Arlene McGuire grew up in Harlem, New York, with her family who all came to the US from Jamaica, West Indies. As a young person, she loved words, including reading and writing essays, which allowed her mind to take flights of fancy and sharing for others to enjoy. In addition to her dream of being a writer, Arlene desired to be a voiceover artist, which she achieved as a podcast narrator in the Vertikal Reading Room. In her spare time, Arlene enjoys painting and spending time with her grandchildren. She and her husband reside in the Atlanta area.
My battle with cancer has made me aware of how devastating the effects of treatment are on the mind and body. My desire to help with contributions to St. Jude’s is because, I now know what those small children withstand during treatment.
Helping the parents with the costs for treatment, removes one major obstacle. I am excited to assist both children and parents, during their fight.
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I live for the joy today brings
Knowing that tears can be joyful