My name is Gwendolyn Burris Powell, I recently moved back to Atlanta in November. I had lived in Atlanta for 10 years as a single mother raising 4 boys and 1 girl before I became sick and had to relocate back to Chicago to be near family for their support. I always had the desire to return to Atlanta but shortly after arriving back in Chicago I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. Polycystic kidney diseases is a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. This disease resulted in me having both my kidney removed and requiring me to have kidney dialysis three times a week. While living in Chicago one of my doctors told me that I would have a better chance of getting the kidney transplant I need in Atlanta. So I contacted the Emory Kidney Transplant Center and they confirmed what I had been told. That was the only confirmation I needed to make my pilgrim back to Atlanta. So I saved enough money to move and trust in the Lord in for the rest. One day I was at the Emory Dialysis Center located in Greenbriar Mall when I heard that there was an event outside. While I waited for my transportation company to pick me up after my treatment I decided to walk outside to see what was happening. I found out that Foundation Focus was presenting the IV Thanksgiving Carnival hosted by Polow da Don, Ludacris and Big Boi. I met Ms. Mary Welsh a volunteer from Focus Foundation. I told her I needed furniture and my main concern was a bed to sleep in. She took my name and number and within two day Ms. Welsh called me and told me she had a bed. They even delivered the bed and set it up in the bedroom. I know it wasn’t easy getting it up to the 2nd floor. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. and Mrs. Welsh and Foundation Focus for my king size bed that I now sleep in and for the Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, a complete meal. There are still good people in the world doing great things and I thank you!
Thanks again and may God continue to bless you so you can continue to blessing others,