Galatians 6:9 “ Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up”
“As long as you fight, I’m going to fight, and we’re going to fight together!”
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In 2007 a woman by the name of Latoshia Ann Gilmore awaken one morning only to feel a discomfort in
her left breast. She had discovered a lump in the area where it was hurting . In her mind she thought
What If……and left it at that not trying to convince herself on what it could be. After visiting with her
primary doctor her What If….became her What Was.
That woman was my wife Latoshia, and that day cancer threw it’s first punch to alter our lives forever.
After being sent to the hospital to see an oncologist, I was told that my wife had a very aggressive cancer
and she was stage 3 going into stage 4 which was the final stage and anyone at that stage the life
expectancy is about 2 years to live. I looked the doctor in the eye and said “NO” with disbelief because I
believed in something bigger than the cancer, I believed in US! That day we rolled up our sleeves and so
the battle began.
I had to become a doctor, a pastor, a dietician, all of those things to help keep my wife going and
motivated. Latoshia decided to take chemotherapy treatments and little did I know we were being
watched by other patients who were going through the same things but enjoyed our energy. I noticed a
lot of the warriors didn’t have anyone by there side, and the last thing you ever want to do is fight this
disease by yourself. I found myself encouraging the other warriors as well and dedicating some of my
time with them.
Within my duration I never let my wife situation get me down because its nothing like being down, but
still able to see up. Even after surpassing the 2 years by far, Latoshia’s breast cancer had slowed up and
was healing until we received the news the cancer had manifested into brain cancer now. This news
changed the dynamics of the situation, I can remember my wife sleeping, but she wasn’t resting ,
turning back and forth and I knew she was wrestling with the “WHAT IF” demons, What if I don’t wake
up tomorrow, What If I don’t get a chance to see my Kids or my GrandKids.
Those thoughts can clutter your mind, and a cluttered mind produces a cluttered heart. So if your mind
is thinking defeat then you will be defeated no matter what’s in your heart. Once again the doctor gave
his projection that she had about 2 months to live after a 5 year stretch of fighting well, and once again I
looked the doctor in the eye and said; “NO” and I pushed (Prayed Until Something Happens) as hard as I
can to keep her inspired to keep going. I’t wasn’t easy watching her transform into something I knew
she wasn’t, but she indeed cashed in on her investment FOR BETTER OR WORSE, THROUGH SICKNESS
AND IN HEALTH, TILL DEATH DO US PART! As a husband I was bonded to her till the end.
Its easy to tell the truth, but its even harder to accept it and the truth of the matter is accepting that not
everyone is meant to be in our lives forever. On Friday June 14, 2013 father’s day weekend at 9:24am
Latoshia had an unseen visitor ..The Angel Of Death. He had come and whispered in the ear of the 36
year old mom/wife/sister that she has served her purpose and it has been a job well done and she may
return to her Fathers House.
The enemy will always try to convince you to stay focused on your difficulties and this journey with my
wife is still hard to digest as it still seems just like it was yesterday , but I would like to thank my wife
Latoshia for all that she has done and all that she continues to show me. I have learned from this
experience when you bring out the best in others, it brings out the best in you, I have learned to inspire
people to become better and not bitter, show more love more acceptance and more secure.
I don’t do what I do for me, and I don’t do what I do for you, I do it for us!
One final point Latoshia showed me is this, the greatest legacy is not what you leave for people, but
what you leave within people. This is why I promised her I would continue her battle for her, AS LONG
AS YOU FIGHT, I’M GOING TO FIGHT, AND WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT TOGETHER!
Studies show that there are over 300 types of cancer and one out of every two people will develop some
form of cancer. No matter what gender, color of skin, age, and religion cancer is one of the leading
causes of death in our nation. In 2014 THE G,A.L FOUNDATION a NON-PROFIT Organization was formed
by Rizal Gilmore. Both his dad and his wife had lost the strength to keep fighting this disease but it
didn’t stop Rizal to continue they’re battles for them.
After 6 years Rizal understood the needs of people in every stage of this deadly disease and continues
to give back to the communities through THE G,A.L Foundation which is Latoshia Ann Gilmore’s initials
reversed, the same way they appeared on some of the medical reports.
THE G,A.L Foundation which presents it’s PINK AFFAIR now yearly helps to raise funds for its scholarship
program, promoting awareness, Promoting a healthier eating lifestyle, encouraging exercise, and
teaching preventive measures. The G,A.L foundation also offer the very best compassionate care to
improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. We are dedicated to providing confidence,
companionship, and conversation to give your mind a sense of peace and comfort you deserve not fear.
THE PINK AFFAIR was a successful event, and has already began to spread across other states as well
such as New Jersey, Maryland , And Chicago. With your help we can bring THE PINK AFFAIR experience
to you as well, strength is in numbers lets all stand against this disease, and FIGHT WITH FAITH MOVING