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Now, I live for today. I can’t worry about tomorrow. I deal with the problem on hand...

“I was a person that used to freak out and worry. When I look back, I see how the load would have been lighter if I would have just trusted God from the get go. Now, I live for today. I can’t worry about tomorrow. I deal with the problem on hand and I’ve learned to accept the things I cannot change. I’m really applying it to my daily living.” CONTINUING THE FIGHT Joshua was recently the recipient of a new kidney. There have been a few bumps along the way but Josh’s complaint-free attitude and faith continue to inspire others. Like his mom, Joshua is a worshiper and refuses to let his condition hinder him from ministering to others through his music. Despite the hardships, Joshua has managed to continue his education and has received acceptance notices from various colleges. In her spare time, Iris can be found participating in the annual National Kidney Foundation Walk. She has also forged relationships with those in the New York Organ Donor Network and The Rogosin Institute. When asked

What is Renal Artery Stenosis? RAS is a condition that occurs when there’s a narrowing of the artery(ies) constricting blood flow to one or both kidneys. The result can severely impact the kidneys, heart and blood pressure. Although this condition is more commonly seen in men between the ages of 50 and 70, younger people have been known to be diagnosed. For more information or for ways you can help, please contact the following organizations: National Kidney Association ( The Rogosin Institute ( The New York Organ Donor Network (

how she feels about Joshua’s upcoming trip to Punta Cana, she responds with her signature smile, “Deep down I want to say no but then I ask, will he ever have another opportunity? So I think, let my loved one live. All I can do is let him live.”

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Soar Magazine Fall 2009 Premiere Issue  
Soar Magazine Fall 2009 Premiere Issue  

In this premiere issue of the Center for Emerging Female Leadership's premiere digital magazine women will be introduced to Thelma Wells