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3/6/2019 6:10:00 AM
What A Child Can Do
Raemy Wensil at the Board of Realtors meeting Tuesday March 5th.
Raemy Wensil at the Board of Realtors
meeting Tuesday March 5th.
Raemy on the Steve Harvey Show in January 2014.
Raemy on the Steve Harvey
Show in January 2014.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

It all began with a tragedy.  Just before Christmas 2012, Raemy Wensil, then 10 years old, lost her grandfather, Rev. Robert Wensil, pastor of Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station, to leukemia, a form of cancer.

When a family friend, Joyce Hoyle, a member of the church, was diagnosed with colon cancer in Spring 2013 and her insurance didn't cover all the expenses of chemotherapy, Raemy made bows and sold them, giving the money to Joyce to help pay for her treatment.  

Joyce, who worked as a hairdresser and caterer, told us, it's not the money that's most important--it's knowing that the people at Pearl Baptist are praying for me every day and taking a personal interest:  none more so than Raemy Wensil. 

In addition to selling the angel bows to members of the church, family and friends, and at her mother's (Merodie Caldwell Wensil) dance studio, Raemy and a friend, Hollee Woodward, who sold pens for the same cause, made numerous other appearances--including a fundraising effort at the Chick-fil-A in Belmont.  

Joyce passed away in April 2014, but Raemy, who had set an original goal of raising $2,000 and by the Summer of 2013 had raised over $6,000 didn't stop.  She decided to keep making and selling the bows with all the money she raised going to help others with cancer--which had claimed both her grandfather and her friend.  

Steve Harvey heard about the effort and invited Raemy to appear on his television show.  By the time it aired in January 2014, her efforts had raised nearly $20,000.  Joyce also appeared on the show.

Raemy told the Board of Realtors that Angels Bows by Raemy has now raised over $130,000.  Now a 16-year-old high school student, she says she intends to continue the project.  

One of the realtors attending the luncheon Tuesday (March 5th) at Fairways & Greens restaurant at Lincoln Country Club, told us she knew a little about Raemy and what she had done, but didn't know the whole story.  "It's amazing," she said, "what a child can do."

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